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Durham University


Teaching methods

Your course will involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work and a dissertation. If you choose a four-year course you will also carry out a research project within a research group in the Department, in industry or overseas.

In the first year of all degree routes you will take one or two other subjects (science, humanities, languages) to broaden your range of knowledge and widen your options for the second year. In most weeks in your first year you will have 7 hours of lectures, 2 tutorials and six hours of laboratory work in Chemistry plus your elective subjects.

You will be taught by internationally renowned academics offering a wide range of expertise in areas including polymer science, structural and materials chemistry, bioactive chemistry, medicinal and biological chemistry, nanochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, synthetic methods, theoretical and pharmaceutical chemistry. All lectures are given by permanent members of academic staff. Workshops, tutorials and laboratories are also given by members of academic staff (>95% by permanent staff members). Some problem classes in the first year are given by PhD students. All of our new members of academic staff complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Students with disabilities

If you have any difficulties as a result of a disability or medical condition which may affect your studies, we would be pleased to talk to you to discuss any help you may need during your time with us. More information about the services we can offer is available on the Disability Service website.

Key facts

Lecture sizes range from 30 to 220 students.

Workshop groups typically contain 20 to 30 students.

Tutorials are small group work sessions (5 or 6 students).

First year laboratory sessions are 2 x 3 hours per week.

All lectures are given by permanent academic staff members.