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The oldest chemistry department in England, and with a history of excellence including Sir William Ramsay’s Nobel prize-winning discovery of five noble gases. We continue to pioneer the field and offer you an exceptional learning experience.

Studying Chemistry at UCL

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When UCL was founded in 1826 it established the first Chemistry department in England. The department is ranked in the top 5 Chemistry departments in the UK (QS 2020). It was rated joint second highest in the UK for impactful research and 94% of our submission was judged as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

UCL Chemistry offers five programmes from across the field of chemistry, including computational and theoretical, inorganic and materials, and organic and drug discovery. All our Master's programmes provide extensive first-hand experience of research at the cutting-edge of chemistry, modelling and materials, and are particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on an academic career; many of our students subsequently go on to study for a PhD, either at UCL or other universities in the UK and elsewhere. However the research and critical thinking skills developed are equally valuable to those considering a career in a commercial environment, and a Master's degree at UCL Chemistry provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your prospects. 

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