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Chemistry

One of UCL's founding departments, UCL Chemistry is one of the UK's premier Chemistry departments as judged by the UK government's 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The 1904 Nobel prize in Chemistry was awarded to Sir William Ramsay for the discovery of five noble gases at UCL.

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Chemistry

Why study Chemistry at UCL?

Research carried out at UCL Chemistry is at the forefront in areas such as chemical biology, nanotechnology, materials and computational chemistry, and your professors are leaders in these fields. The department is equipped with modern undergraduate laboratories and has close ties to research centres such as the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will benefit from exposure to new ideas and areas of research and the diversity of skills that we expect students to develop as part of the assessment process. Modules draw on the interdisciplinary aspect of modern chemistry and you will gain an insight into the interactions between disciplines.

Teaching and assessment

Many modules involve three components: formal lectures, weekly tutorials and laboratory work. Students admitted for the Fall Term only will be assessed by a special departmental examination at the end of their studies in December. UK chemistry degrees have a vertical structure and therefore modules at higher levels normally ask for specific prior study.

Modules in Chemistry

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Full synopses of all Chemistry modules can be found here.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
CHEM1101 Basic Inorganic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM1201 Basic Organic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM1301 Basic Physical Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM2101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
CHEM2001 Chemistry of Materials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM2102 Inorganic Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM2201 Organic Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM2203 Reaction Mechanisms in Chemical and Biological Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM2301 Physical Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM2304 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM2601 Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Name
Dr Dewi Lewis
Email
d.w.lewis@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7679 4779
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