Chemistry University College OxfordChemistry is a broad and exciting subject characterised by research and innovation which has an extensive impact on other disciplines and industry. What better place to study it than Oxford, where teaching can draw upon the University’s world-class research. In the first few years as an Oxford Chemistry student you are given the foundational principles needed to become a successful Chemist. The degree becomes incrementally more specialised as your progress with a range of modular options, including the opportunity to study links between Chemistry and other scientific disciplines. You are taught in a combination of lectures and college-based tutorials, as well as having plenty of opportunity for studying Chemistry practically. A particular feature of the course is the final year, which is entirely lab-based, during which students devote themselves to a research project, working in a state-of-the art research laboratory as part of a team of scientists.

As a Chemistry student at Univ you will be part of a flourishing and supportive community. Our tutors are active researchers and specialise in a range of areas, so you will have ample support wherever your own interests take you within the subject. The College has a long and distinguished chemical tradition. Robert Boyle (1627-1691), the Founder of Modern Chemistry, was a member of Univ and discovered Boyle’s Law on the site that is still part of the College.

There is a wealth of information about the Chemistry course structure, possible option choices, and admissions criteria on the University of Oxford’s main website, available at

Any undergraduate degree at Oxford provides you with a wide variety of transferable skills and therefore Univ’s students progress to a diverse range of careers. For some, their undergraduate degree leads to academic research, industrial research or teaching. For many, their future career, for instance in business, government or the charitable sector, is defined less by the subject they studied and more by the skills they acquired. Oxford’s Careers Service provides destination statistics for graduates.


If you are considering applying for Chemistry, a number of resources you might find useful to explore beyond the school curriculum can be found on Univ’s Staircase12 pages, including the Reading Bank and Resource Hub.

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