Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available


The Department of Chemistry at UCL is the oldest in England. It has a distinguished past of chemical excellence including Sir William Ramsay’s Nobel prize-winning discovery of five noble gases and Sir Christopher Ingold’s pioneering work on physical organic chemistry. Our current interests and research activities span the whole spectrum of chemistry, from the development of new drugs to the prediction of the structure of new catalytic materials. Graduate students are actively engaged in the department’s daily activities through a comprehensive training programme, attendance at research seminars given by internal and external speakers, and interactions with staff. Students develop expertise in scientific methods, tailored to the subject of their research degree, as well as techniques for reporting science and many other skills required for a future career.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Chemistry MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes + EngD FT4,
Chemical Research MSc FT
Materials for Energy and Environment MSc FT
Molecular Modelling MSc FT, FX
Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes FT, PT
Organic Chemistry: Drug Discovery MRes FT

Student/staff ratios

  • 53 staff
  • 50 taught students
  • 163 research students


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Student View

"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."

Emily Gascoigne

Degree: Chemistry PhD, Drug Discovery Programme

Alumni View

"I found my position at the Massachusetts General Hospital through a networking event organised by UCL. When I was a PhD student, my department organised a student exchange with the Systems Biology Department at Harvard University."

Lorette Noiret

Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012

Subject: CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences & Experimental Biology), Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences