Why choose Bristol?

As a Chemistry student at Bristol, you will benefit from an exceptional standard of teaching in a department with an international reputation for research.

Our strength in research was confirmed by the results of the last Research Assessment Exercise, a national audit of universities’ research output, which placed Bristol among the top four chemistry departments in the UK. As a result, some of the world’s top chemists are attracted to work and teach at Bristol.

As an undergraduate student, you will have access to a high calibre of research facilities and infrastructure throughout your degree programme, and particularly during your final-year research project.

We are a large chemistry department, admitting about 180 undergraduate students to our Chemistry and Chemical Physics degree programmes every year. Most of these students come from the UK, but a number also come from further afield.

We also have a large postgraduate population, with almost 240 students studying for research degrees.

All our students are supported by nearly 70 members of academic staff, with interests and expertise that cover the full spectrum of chemistry, from fundamental theory to applications.

The result is a vibrant and dynamic department and an exciting and enjoyable place to study and work.

What our students say

Robert, MSci Chemistry“The staff and students were very welcoming when I visited after applying and the facilities were impressive - the chemistry building in particular had just undergone a major refurbishment to provide a world-class facility.”

Robert, Third year, MSci Chemistry

Sean Bartlett“Under the supervision of my personal tutor I spent the summer using NMR to elucidate organic molecular structures... there are very few places in the world where I could experience this first-hand.”

Sean Bartlett, Third year, MSci Chemistry

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Bristol Chemlabs

Bristol ChemLabS is the only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning devoted to chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS has revolutionised the way our students study practical chemistry. We have transformed our teaching laboratories into world-class facilities that are equipped with the latest equipment and instrumentation.

Dynamic Lab Manual

Our innovative online Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) will help you prepare thoroughly before you come into the laboratory. The DLM has transformed teaching and student learning in a laboratory environment.

The School of Chemistry is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in both teaching and research and provides a vibrant and dynamic environment in which to work and study. It was one of the top four UK Chemistry departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008).

We have state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with modern instrumentation and facilities, and training is assisted by knowledgeable and helpful support staff. There are over 250 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers from many different countries working with more than 55 academic staff on a wide range of exciting projects, often in collaboration with industry and academics world-wide.

We aim to enable postgraduates to achieve their full potential within a supportive environment. Postgraduates make a vital contribution in research whilst developing a variety of skills in chemistry, as well as confidence in leading oral and poster presentations at the University and at international conferences, in report writing and in public outreach work.

We have an extensive research seminar programme with internationally leading scientists reporting their latest results. Also available are special postgraduate courses run as part of the two Doctoral Training Centres alongside the varied series of postgraduate lectures offered by the Graduate School. The Graduate Chemistry Association (GCA) is run by postgraduates and is a focal point for social activities.

The University is situated within a beautiful part of Bristol. This vibrant city is surrounded by stunning countryside and has excellent communication networks (by road, rail and air) and is a great place to live.

International student profile

Muhammad Arshad, from Pakistan, studying PhD Organic Chemistry

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What our students say

Swee Yee“I enjoy using the world-class research facilities. My supervisor is also really friendly which has helped create a positive environment for me.”

Swee Yee, PhD Chemistry

Vicky Swinerd“I am in a large research group and have enjoyed the wide range of research activities covered as well as the chance to meet people from all different backgrounds.”

Vicky Swinerd, PhD Chemistry

Geraldine Echue“I am surrounded by world-class researchers who share a passion for the subject and who motivate and support me in my studies.”

Geraldine Echue, PhD Chemistry