Published: 26 May 2020

Five reasons to study chemistry at Surrey

What makes our chemistry degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your chemistry degree.

Chemistry students
Students working in one of our recently-refurbished chemistry laboratories.

1. Top 10 university for chemistry

We’re one of the best places to study chemistry in the UK! Surrey is ranked:

  • Top ten for chemistry by the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework at university level.

2. Uniquely supportive learning environment

Joining Surrey’s Department of Chemistry puts you at the heart of a small, friendly community with one of the best staff-student ratios of any UK university chemistry department. We’re proud to offer a high level of personal, academic and professional support.

3. Teaching inspired by research

You’ll learn about cutting-edge topics in chemistry – like energy storage materials and fuel cells, forensic investigation and advances in medicinal chemistry – from academics who are leading the way in these fields. You can also choose from a broad range of optional modules, tailoring your course to your individual interests.

Find out about the exciting drug testing research being carried out by our academics.

4. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables you to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • AkzoNobel
  • AstraZeneca
  • AWE
  • British Geological Survey
  • Cefas
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Intrinsiq Materials
  • LGC
  • PerkinElmer
  • RB.

Read about Lorraine Ezra’s placement experience at De La Rue.

5. Great job opportunities

Studying chemistry at Surrey opens up a huge range of career opportunities, not only in the industrial sector but also in finance, government and education. According to the 2020 HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey, 96 per cent of our graduates are in work or further education. 

Discover our courses in chemistry.

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