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  • 2Chemistry is one of the subjects that, when studied in depth, will equip you effectively for the multidisciplinary world of research and work beyond graduation. As well as developing your core knowledge of the subject you will learn a wide variety of skills that will enhance your employability, regardless of your career choice.

    Our cosmopolitan staff, comprising both research academics and specialist teachers, come from over 13 countries. The involvement of our academics in cutting-edge research means our students are exposed to the latest developments in the dynamic world of chemistry. Our staff are committed to sharing their knowledge and experience, introducing students to new, rapidly developing areas, including nanostructured materials and synthetic biology.

    By choosing Chemistry at Southampton, you will have the opportunity to:

    - undertake an exciting and challenging combination of theory, applications and practical work

    - use state-of-the-art laboratories and technology from the outset of your studies

    - benefit from a variety of teaching delivery and assessment styles designed to enhance knowledge and skills

    - choose from a diverse range of chemistry-related areas of study (from atoms to biomolecules and from crystal structures to functional materials)

    Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research. Highly rated for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2010), Chemistry at the University of Southampton offers undergraduates a supportive and exciting learning community. It is led by research-intensive academics who are pioneering innovative ways to teach their subject.

    The University of Southampton is one of only seven in the UK who are members of the Chemistry Research Group of Excellence, in recognition of our leading research activities. For more information on this status go to

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    - explore undergraduate research opportunities in our world-renowned research laboratories and those of our industrial collaborators

    - study with the support of tutors who will help you to achieve your full potential

    - develop your knowledge of career opportunities and the skills required to be successful.

    This brochure provides details of our degree programmes as well as information on admissions, the curriculum, timetables, scholarships, industrial liaison, pastoral support and careers. More information is available on our website or by contacting us directly.

    Director of Undergraduate Admissions: Dr David Read

    Admissions Administrator:

    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4118Email:

  • Excellence in all our activitiesAward-winning teachingIn any one year, around 350 students are taking MChem or BSc degrees in chemistry at Southampton, with around 120 first-year students joining our degree programmes with each new intake. The teaching of our students involves more than 70 staff, including academics and researchers, teaching fellows and associated support staff. Together, they deliver teaching, research and enterprise activities along with the essential clerical and technical support needed to ensure the high quality of our courses.

    Pastoral support is a top priority and we are at the forefront of developments in this area. The process starts as soon as your place is confirmed and we provide a range of resources, designed by our specialist Teacher Fellow (TF), to smooth your transition into Higher Education. As you begin your studies, our TF will help you to build on your existing skills and develop the key learning strategies that suit you personally and which will speed your transition into an effective, independent learner. The work of the TF was recognised nationally by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with the 2010 Higher Education Teaching Award, and the Association for Learning Technology Award for our use of the latest technologies to aid students understanding of advanced scientific concepts. Our innovative teaching methods puts Southampton at the forefront of developments in this area.

    We provide an intellectually challenging yet supportive environment, which ensures that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. One particular feature of studying chemistry at Southampton, noted by so many of our students, is a sense that everyone is part of a common learning community, each with a commitment to increasing their understanding while sharing their knowledge. This positive learning atmosphere is one of the reasons why so many students decide to join us.

    External assessors also monitor our teaching and assessment standards. The National Quality Assurance Agency rates our teaching programmes as excellent in terms of the quality of teaching and facilities. Recent reviews have resulted in very positive assessments for our MChem and BSc programmes, largely based

    on our own students feedback. The overall level of satisfaction of our students, in terms of their overall degree experience, was the highest out of all chemistry courses in England (National Student Survey 2009).

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) accredits all of our MChem degrees for professional membership status. Accreditation means that our students can join the RSC on graduation as a full member and can use the professional title of Chartered Chemist (CChem). Our BSc programme is recognised by the RSC for associate membership that, after a period of peer review in the chemical industry, can lead to full membership.

    Research with impactOur research school, a member of the European Group of Excellence, is home to around 150 postgraduates and 45 post-doctoral staff. Each work in one, or more, of our five main research groupings:

    - Computational Systems Chemistry

    - Electrochemistry

    - Magnetic Resonance

    - Molecular Assembly, Function and Structure

    - Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics

    Our research activities are incredibly diverse and, although they are based on chemistry, nearly all have a multidisciplinary flavour, which ensures our researchers understand the value of collaboration with other disciplines and expertises, for example biology, medicine, physics, engineering and computing. Our staff and students publish their research in hundreds of articles in world-renowned, high impact, scientific journals every year. A number of these articles are co-authored by undergraduate students, based on the project work that is a feature of the senior years of all our degrees.

    Our academics are among the most successful in winning research funding through competitive bidding in the UK. For example, we regularly feature towards the top of the league table for government funding awarded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In 2010, the average grant provided to each of our academic members of staff from the EPSRC alone was 378,000.


  • Why does the quality of our research matter to you now?You may wonder how an undergraduate can benefit from our success in research and enterprise. In fact, the strong links between our teaching and research is a major asset for a number of important reasons:

    - You will be taught by world-renowned researchers alongside specialist teachers, whose knowledge will help you throughout your studies

    - You will have the choice to specialise in the chemistry lecture courses you take in your senior years

    - You will benefit from involvement in the broad range of research activities conducted across our research groups

    - Our large research income ensures that the latest technology is available to support the undergraduate research experience

    - Your learning will be supported by our postgraduates who will assist you with your practical and tutorial work


    Enterprise from innovation to commercialisationThe University is a major world player in the successful commercialisation of research ideas. In a recent Library House survey, we were placed third in the world (after the universities of Stanford and Cambridge) for the quality of our spin-out research.

    Since 2000, a total of 12 spin-out companies have been launched by the University of Southampton. Chemistry leads in this area with four companies developing new DNA diagnostics (ATDBio), novel alloy catalysts and high-capacity data storage devices (Ilika), anti-cancer therapies (Karus Therapeutics), and new generation batteries (Nanotecture). Ilika recently floated on the Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of 18.7m, showing the commercial value placed on their work. Many of our undergraduate students complete their project work in our spinout companies and some take the first steps in their careers with them.

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  • Placements and careers Although the start of your career may seem a long way into the future it is important that your time at university provides you with the skills needed in your chosen career. Our students benefit from many opportunities to learn about what their future might hold and what they need to fulfil their ambitions. They recognise this as a major strength of our courses (in rating our courses as improving career prospects at 4.8 out of 5.0, NSS2010).

    Raising awareness, developing skillsWe have a developing range of Workplace Awareness Seminars in which we invite industrialists to come an talk about key aspects of the modern day workplace. Topics have included performance management, risk benefit analysis and assessment, intellectual property, nurturing innovation in the workplace all areas of relevance to