Teaching Spaces

Laboratories and Instrumentation

NSS 2017: 96% felt they were able to access course-specific resources

Cutting-edge chemistry requires access to all sorts of specialised facilities. This includes modern instruments for chemical analysis. Knowledge and the use of these instruments is an important part of your training as a chemist. The Department contains a wide variety of equipment, including numerous small instruments such as FTIR spectrometers and gas/liquid chromatographs (e.g., GC, GC/MS and HPLC), through to major specialised equipment such as high-field NMR spectrometers, atomic force microscopes, high-resolution mass spectrometers, and a X-ray diffractometer. You will encounter these, and much more during your undergraduate studies and everybody has the opportunity to be trained as high-level users of this state of the art equipment. The Department also has extensive technical support from its own mechanical, electronic, and glassblowing workshops.

The Department is equipped with multiple research laboratories and a recently expanded and refurbished teaching laboratory. Different parts of the teaching laboratory now focus on specific areas of chemistry since this allows students to experience both synthetic and physical chemistry experiments in a given semester and provides better overlap between experiments and course modules enhancing the student learning experience. In order to effectively train students, the teaching laboratory has its own instrument room, a dedicated 500 MHz NMR spectrometer and an attached write-up/briefing space.

Lecture Theatres

Lecture Theatres

The Chemistry Department houses three lecture theatres. Whilst these rooms can be used by all Departments in the University; the bulk of the Chemistry lectures are held in these lecture theatres. The University's lecture theaters are equipped with state of the art presentation equipment that allows for multimedia presentations and an element of audience participation. Our lectures are recorded and made available to students (alongside their notes) on the University's virtual learning environment. These recordings can capture the material presented on screen, the lecturer's commentary and even a video of the event. All of these streams serve as very useful revision/catch-up tool.

Teaching Methods, Research Facilities

Small-Group Study Spaces

Study Spaces

A spacious student Reading Room provides a quiet working area for students. The Reading Room can be used by anyone; however, it is predominantly used by Chemistry students to complete tutorial problems sheets, write laboratory reports, or simply as a place to do some reading. The Reading Room also has a selection of text books available for student use.

The molecular modelling laboratory in the Department is an ideal space for holding seminars, tutorials or workshops sessions as well as a quiet study area for students.

The foyer of George Porter building contains a power and internet connected work bench, plus lots of comfy chairs for study and socialising with your peers.


Computer skills are vital in the modern world and will form an important part of your training. The university has over 850 networked PCs linked to a central server, which students will have access to. Furthermore, the department has WiFi so students can access the internet anywhere in the building.

An enormous range of software is accessible, all of which runs under Windows. This includes Office 2013, graphical analysis software, specialised chemistry programs (e.g., ChemDraw), and access to the internet and email (via your IT account). There are PCs in many different locations on and around campus including the Department (Chemistry Computer Room), the main library and the halls of residence.

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Undergraduate Contact Details

Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Email: chemistry@le.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)116 252 2100

Fax: [+44] (0)116 252 3789

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Undergraduate Brochure

This brochure has been prepared for the courses as they will run for 2018 entrants. The majority of the content is appropriate for 2017 entrants and will give you an excellent feel for the department and the experience on offer.

We have a continued commitment to small group teaching activities that provide students increased contact with teaching staff and regular personalised feedback."
Students benefit from our high-quality teaching and stimulating research projects that provide exposure to cutting-edge science and research equipment.
The friendliness and approachability of our staff and their willingness to provide the upmost academic and pastoral support ensure students reach their full potential
Athena Swan

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