Autumn term 2020-21

Autumn term has started on schedule and we are happy to see our new and returning students in person, where travel and visa arrangements have made it possible. Teaching is a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we have made some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.


As one of the premier chemistry departments in the world, with six associated Nobel laureates, the Department continues to build its reputation for producing world-leading and cutting edge research in the molecular sciences.

Undergraduate chemistry students are immediately immersed in this research intensive environment and can make valuable contributions to research groups and programmes via research project work both within their formal degree programmes and as elective experiences, e.g. via the College’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP).

As a consequence, each year many chemistry undergraduates contribute substantially to the research output of the department. This is evidenced by the impressive range of excellent research publications they co-author as a result of their important contributions to the advancement of the discipline. These include ‘first author’ papers, which signify that the undergraduate in question was the major contributor to the described science. Some recent achievements are collected here.