The core Chemistry course covers a wide range of connected topics in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. In the first year, there is also a dedicated Maths course that covers all the topics required to follow the Chemistry course. There are examinations on the course material at the end of each year. The examinations at the end of the second year (Part IA) and the third year (Part IB) count towards the final degree classification. In addition, a subsidiary subject may be studied in the second year, allowing certain specific topics to be studied in greater depth. The College provides the tutorial work associated with Part I of the course. The various lectures and practical courses are organised within the Chemistry Faculty. The final, and for many the most exciting, year is devoted to Part II, which is a research project carried out in a laboratory of the student’s choice. The Part II results are presented in the form of a dissertation and are also assessed by a viva examination.
The College has tutors in all three branches of the subject, one of whom is also a Fellow of the College. Dr Simon Clarke is Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry. His research is in solid state chemistry including the synthesis and characterisation of magnetic materials, superconductors and battery materials.
Chemistry is a mainstream science subject, which continues to make important contributions to technology in a rapidly changing world. A degree in Chemistry is a training that allows graduates to enter a wide variety of professions. Most Chemists particularly enjoy their Part II research year and this is reflected in the large proportion who choose to study for a higher degree.
Teaching and Research Staff:
Dr N Green - Lecturer, Physical Chemistry
Mr J Lee - Lecturer, Organic Chemistry
Dr P Roberts - Lecturer, Organic Chemistry