School of Chemical Sciences


Welcome from the Head of School

Chemistry is central to the understanding of the processes and the production of molecules and materials essential to modern life. It sits at the cross-roads between disciplines such as medicine, nutrition, forensics, energy, environmental and materials science.

Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties, the study of the ways in which they interact, combine, and change, and the use of these processes to form new substances.  It is a broad discipline that is of fundamental importance in the modern world.  Chemistry is intrinsically an interdisciplinary science, and plays a key role in many related disciplines, such as medicine, engineering, biological science, food science, forensic science, environmental science, and materials science.  The study of chemistry greatly enriches society, and also provides many exciting employment opportunities for graduates who have a sound understanding of the chemical sciences and the practical skills to use this knowledge.

The School of Chemical Sciences teaches and performs research in pure and applied chemistry, medicinal chemistry, food science, forensic science and wine science, which makes for a remarkably stimulating intellectual environment.  We are very active in research, with over 30 academics involved in fundamental or applied research programmes, many in collaboration with other disciplines within the University including Biological Sciences, Physics, Engineering, and Medicine. We also collaborate with numerous national and international research centres and industries. Our postgraduate programme currently involves over 180 students who participate in this research effort and are at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge.

Our research enhances our teaching programmes, and our undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught by academics who are leading scholars in their fields.  A strong commitment to research ensures that our teaching keeps abreast of the latest developments in the subject. We also maintain modern instrument facilities that are used in support of teaching and research.

If you are a current or prospective student, this web site describes the activities of the school, including the full range of courses offered, together with information to assist you in planning your degree programmes.  On behalf of all members of the school I am very pleased to welcome you and to wish you enjoyment and success in your studies.

Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly
Head of School, School of Chemicial Sciences