Our core research is seminal in the many multidisciplinary programmes which are a major emphasis at Surrey, in areas such as materials chemistry and energy, medicinal chemistry and molecular engineering.

Research excellence

In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), Surrey has risen 12 places since 2014 to 33rd in the UK for our research quality.  We are also top 20 in the rankings for our research outputs.


There are a number of facilities we have available for staff and students to use here in the department including analytical instruments instruments for spectroscopy and elemental analysis and X-ray diffraction as well as a £2m refurbished chemistry research laboratory.


Research within our Department is supported by a wide variety of funding agencies and by industry. Take a look at our available studentships for funding opportunities. Sources of recent grants have included: