About the department

With an international reputation for research excellence, and a track record in high quality training for chemistry students, Loughborough's Department of Chemistry strives to provide a stimulating and supportive academic community. The Department boasts strong industry links and ongoing development in facilities.

The most compelling reason to join Loughborough’s Chemistry department is the amount of hands-on lab-work that you can get involved with in the early stages of the course and the high end facilities that the University offers to its students.

Mark Willis, BSc (Hons) Chemistry

The Chemistry department currently comprises about 350 undergraduates, 50 postgraduate MSc students, 80 postgraduate research students and approximately 30 members of academic staff, as well as a range of dedicated technical and support staff. Our academic and research staff are nationally and internationally recognised as experts in their chosen fields, but are also noted for the excellent pastoral care they provide to students through our personal tutoring system.

Located centrally on campus and housed in large modern facilities which have recently undergone extensive refurbishment, our laboratories service the teaching and research needs of analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, while specialist teaching and research laboratories exist for radiochemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology and molecular pharmacology.

Students will benefit from the University's £17m investment in brand-new state-of-the-art STEMLab facilities. The University is has also investing in additional refurbished laboratory space for teaching and research in the West Park of the campus.

Offering a range of options for study at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level, Loughborough's Department of Chemistry is consistently highly rated in the National Student Survey and is ranked 4th for Chemistry in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Both the University and the Department of Chemistry enjoy enviable industry links. Lecturers from industry contribute to the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and also sponsor research projects, greatly enhancing the student experience. 

The Department is active in research and enterprise with academic staff and research students engaged in many high profile and important research projects that continue to have a real world impact in such vital areas as energy and the environment, defence and security, and health and medicine.