Published: 31 October 2018

Five reasons to study chemistry at Surrey

Admissions Tutor Dr David Watson reveals what makes our chemistry degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

Chemistry students


  1. Top ten university for chemistry
    We’re one of the best places to study chemistry in the UK: our courses are ranked 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and as a University we are ranked Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework.
  2. Uniquely supportive environment for learning
    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 are proud to offer a high level of personal, academic and professional support.
  3. Professional Training opportunities
    Our renowned Professional Training placement programme enables you to get a year’s valuable work experience with companies like Cefas, GlaxoSmithKline,  British Geological Survey, AstraZeneca, RB, AkzoNobel, AWE, LGC, PerkinElmer and Intrinsiq Materials. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to work on projects alongside professionals from a range of disciplines and develop key skills such as problem-solving, team-working, project management and communication.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.

  4. Teaching inspired by research
    Our research directly informs our teaching. You’ll be able to learn about cutting edge topics in chemistry – such as energy storage materials and fuel cells, forensic investigation and advances in medicinal chemistry – from academics who are leading the way in these fields. On our courses you get the chance to choose from a broad range of optional modules, enabling you to tailor your course to your individual interests.
  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 – with over 97 per cent of our students in employment or further study six months after graduation, according to the Destination of Leavers Survey 2016-17.

    Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Syngenta, Battelle, Reckitt Benckiser, Biointeractions, Dextra Laboratories, Plascoat Systems, Perkin Elmer, LGC, AWE, Crescent Pharma  and GlaxoSmithkline


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