Teaching Methods

The primary aims of our degree programmes are to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed by professional chemists. Professional chemists need to be able to make connections between topics in separate subjects, think through a problem in a clear and logical manner, find the most efficient way of analyzing or synthesizing compounds, clearly explain their views or conclusions to people with varied backgrounds, manage their time effectively, think independently and flexibly, and take responsibility for continued learning.

NSS 2017: 92% agreed they had received sufficient guidance

The teaching staff in the Department help and encourage you to develop these skills by providing you with a variety of learning opportunities, such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, exams, laboratory reports, essays, oral presentations, poster design and problem based learning. If you have any specific questions that are not answered in the following pages about entry in the Autumn please contact us using  the following email address: chemadmiss@le.ac.uk.

NSS 2017: 95% of students were able to contact staff when needed

In addition, a vital part of university learning is self-study. You will be expected to dedicate a considerable amount of private study time each week to answering problem sheets, writing laboratory reports, and reading around the different courses you will be taking. You will find that the academic staff are friendly and approachable at all times. They are happy to help individuals with any difficulties they encounter in any part of the course. We use the latest teaching methods and all of the courses have the teaching material on BlackBoard, which is a computer package that allows you to download lecture material, upload reports and carry out self-assessment tests.


Lectures form a vital part of university teaching. They are used to define the basic material for a given module.Lecture styles may vary considerably and may include web-based delivery, demonstrations/animations, as well as the traditional 'chalk and talk' lecture.  All lecture material will be made available on BlackBoard, an interactive web-based program that allows you to view/download lecture material and other resources, at any time and from anywhere. Most lectures will also be video captured so you can re-watch a lecture and annotate your lecture notes further.

Problem Classes

Problem Classes

Like tutorials, these usually revolve around a series of problems. However, in contrast to tutorials the problem sheets are handed out at the beginning of the workshop and are solved by dividing the class into small groups of students. The element of teamwork makes these sessions an enjoyable learning experience. Unlike tutorials, workshops are not assessed. A number of academic staff will be on hand to help students through the set of problems.


NSS 2017: 94% had the right opportunities to work with others

We place a strong emphasis on small group tutorials. These consist of 5-7 students meeting with a member of the academic staff to discuss questions arising from the lectures. Generally, tutorials take the form of going over a set of problems handed out to the students some days before, which illustrate key aspects of lecture courses. The tutor will either be one of the lecturers of the course or is someone with a thorough understanding of the subjects covered in the course.  Tutorials are assessed and do contribute a small amount to your final mark in a given course. Tutorials give you an ideal opportunity to discuss any problems you have with your understanding in a given course, they also give you chance to know some of the other members of staff in the Department. Even though tutorials are assessed, the actual tutorial itself is done in a relaxing manner giving all students a chance to discuss problems at length with the tutor.

Laboratory Classes

Lab Classes

Chemistry is, of course, a very practical subject, and so strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of laboratory skills.In years 1 and 2 this takes the form of instruction and practice in some of the fundamentals of practical chemistry, such as the preparation and purification of compounds, the use of sophisticated modern equipment for the measurement of physical properties, and the analysis of unknown compounds. In levels 3 and 4 these skills are put to use in Research Projects. In Year 1, students will spend 4-6 hrs in the lab per week, while in Year 2 they will spend 10-12 hours in the lab per week.

To help with student confidence, familiarity and understanding of laboratory practicals we have prepared a range of short instructional video clips to guide students through the experimental techniques in advance of the laboratory. In addition to this, our students are able to simulate the practical using dynamic laboratory simulations*, which provide both instruction and corrective feedback on experimental set-up and scientific procedures.

Personal Tutor

All new students are allocated a personal tutor immediately on arrival. This is a member of the academic staff in the Chemistry Department who acts as a personal confidante during your time as an undergraduate. He/she is there to provide general academic advice, such as suggestions for choice of optional modules, ways of improving your study skills, etc.  Where necessary, he/she will provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they are financial, housing, careers, or social.

Study Pack

All our students are provided with a comprehensive set of materials and resources to ensure they get the maximum out of their degree.

  • Printed lecture notes and lab manuals
  • Access to on-line notes and lecture recordingsStarter Pack
  • Laboratory coat and safety spectacles
  • Personal locker
  • Molecular modelling kit
  • Scientific calculator
  • Duplicate lab note book


*Dynamic Laboratory Simulations are licensed from an external provider.

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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

AS Silver