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Durham University


Arrival and induction

Welcome from the Head of Department

Congratulations on your A-level (or equivalent) results!

I'm delighted that you've chosen Durham Chemistry for your degree studies and I look forward to meeting you this October. I'm sure that your time in Durham will be both an intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding one. The University and colleges have much to offer in terms of social, sporting and musical life and are a wonderful place to spend three or four years as an undergraduate. I hope that you'll find the Department an equally (or more!) stimulating place to spend time. Our aim during your degree course will be to give you the best undergraduate chemical education possible, and to provide a supportive but intellectually challenging environment in which you can thrive. We'll aim to provide all the opportunities you need to learn the essentials of chemistry, but also expose you to (and involve you in) some of the cutting-edge research that goes on in the Department.

Please do keep an eye on our website, where there's lots of information on the undergraduate courses and the latest news stories from the Department. I hope you can find everything you need to know from there or via the "Chemistry Induction" area on DUO. If not, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I look forward to welcoming you to Durham this October.

Prof Karl Coleman

Online Enrolment

There are three important steps that you need to complete in order to be a registered student. These are:

  1. Enrolment - this is the process of telling us important details about yourself, and confirming that you agree with the university regulations. You can do most of this before you arrive in Durham;
  2. Verification - this involves providing (usually your college) with proof of your identity, you will normally do this face to face in college during Induction Week;
  3. Module registration - for a Chemistry student this involves selecting your elective modules. We ask that you complete this by the end of Tuesday of Induction week, and we will give you advice before you arrive and on Monday/Tuesday of Induction Week. You do not need to complete this before you arrive in Durham.

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

At the end of August the Chemistry Department will send you information about registering for your programme and modules. Students on Chemistry degrees do not need to select their elective modules until they arrive in Durham, as we would like to give you advice on suitable modules, although you can begin to think about your preferences before you arrive.

Completing Enrolment will give you access to your personal email address and access to view important information from the Chemistry Department via DUO. A dedicated Chemistry Induction site in DUO contains all the information you need concerning your transition to University life. DUO will be a key resource during your time at Durham, so early familiarity with this learning tool will be invaluable to you.

Module registration for Chemistry students

Chemistry students on BSc and MChem degrees will study:

  • Core Chemistry 1 (30 credits);
  • Practical Chemistry 1A (10 credits);
  • Mathematical and Experimental Tools required in Chemistry (METriC) (20 credits);
  • Introduction to Materials Chemistry (10 credits); and
  • Practical Chemistry 1B (10 credits).

This leaves you with 40 credits of elective modules to complete your 120 credit programme of study. As most departments in fact offer 20 credit modules, you will generally pick two such modules. There is guidance on suitable modules in the Level 1 handbook, an electronic version of which which will be made available to you through DUO, and a paper copy will be provided to you in Induction Week. Further guidance will be given in the Welcome talk on Monday of Induction week, and the subject of elective modules is one of the things you can discuss with your college contact later on Monday of Induction week. You do not need to select your modules before you arrive in Durham, but we do require you to register modules by the end of Tuesday of Induction week, so that we can allocate you to timetable-compatible laboratory groups, problem classes and tutorial groups. You can freely change your choice of elective modules for up to three weeks, although you will need to catch up on the material in modules that you change into.

Chemistry Pre-arrival Information

Material relevant to all students who intend to take Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078) & Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087) as part of a Chemistry or Natural Sciences degree, or as an elective module, will be posted in the Chemistry Induction area of the university's virtual learning environment (DUO) at . This includes information about the Department and some pre-university study. Your login details for DUO should be provided to you by the university student registry office as part of the enrolment and registration process. Students who have accepted, and met the terms of, an offer through UCAS for Chemistry degrees should be automatically enrolled in the Chemistry Induction area. Natural Sciences students need to inform the director of the Natural Sciences degree of their desire to take Chemistry modules.

If you wish to study these modules as an elective, or you are unable to access DUO or the Chemistry Induction area within DUO then contact us at

Chemistry Department Induction Information

For students taking a degree in Chemistry, or taking Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078) and Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087) as part of a Natural Sciences degree or as an elective in another degree, the Department of Chemistry will be running a number of events during Induction Week (Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October 2019).

Information for all taking Core Chemistry 1 & Practical Chemistry 1A

We aim to deliver the same induction to chemistry for all students who are taking the 40 credit combination Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078) & Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087) whether they are taking these modules as part of a Chemistry or Natural Sciences degree, or as an elective module.

Information for students taking Chemistry with Foundation

Students arriving in Durham to take Chemistry with Foundation (code F103) should follow the induction activities offered by the Foundation Centre. Students who have completed a Foundation year in Durham and are joining the department to take their Level 1 modules should follow the induction programme below.

Information about the chemistry open elective module Molecules in Action

Students who have A-level or equivalent in Chemistry and wish to take Molecules in Action (CHEM1061) as their only chemistry module should attend chemistry registration in CG107L on Tuesday of Induction Week (1st October 2019). Please note that you will need to attend the Chemistry department on Tuesday of Induction Week in order to complete registration, simply selecting the module in the on-line registration system will not be sufficient.

Students taking Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078) and Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087) as part of either a Chemistry or Natural Sciences degree and who wish to take Molecules in Action (CHEM1061) will receive details during the Induction Week activities.

Induction Week Online Planner

The Online Induction Planner has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when, according to your Department and College Induction activities and events.

Attendance at all department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

All chemistry degrees have 40 credits of elective modules in 1st year, and if you are taking all 40 credits in one department then you should attend the appropriate (elective module) induction events in that department.

Contact Information

All members of the Chemistry Department are looking forward to meeting you in October.

Should you have any queries, please contact us via