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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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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 encouraged to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Full synopses of all Chemistry modules can be found here.

Level 3 and 4 modules
Many may be available to affiliate students with the required pre-requisite knowledge – typically all the core material from Levels 1 and 2. Students wishing to take Level 3 and 4 modules must discuss them with the department prior to application.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
CHEM0008 Basic Organic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM0009 Basic Physical Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM0013 Basic Inorganic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
CHEM0014 Inorganic Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM0016 Organic Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM0018 Reaction Mechanisms in Chemical and Biological Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM0019 Physical Chemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CHEM0022 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM0023 Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEM2001 Chemistry of Materials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CHEMxxxx Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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