Our reputation

Top 150 university for Chemistry and Natural Sciences – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

The School of Chemistry is a major UK chemistry department conducting research and teaching in chemical science, with more than 70 years of history. We have just over 750 students from over 60 countries studying with us.

Our achievements

  • Top 150 university for Chemistry – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 92% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017
  • Over 94% of our recent chemistry graduates have successfully secured employment or gone on to further study within six months of graduating, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
  • Ranked #101-125 in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings Physical Sciences subject ranking
  • Top 150 university for Natural Sciences – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • Over 88% of our recent natural sciences graduates have successfully secured a professional or managerial role or gone on to further study within six months of graduating, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Chemistry

  • 3.18 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 95% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 92.8% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, our students will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.