Welcome to Chemistry at UCLan


UCLan Chemistry was ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide


UCLan Chemistry is a home for basic and featured degrees in Chemistry. The educational programs do not only offer Bachelors (BSc, MChem) and Masters (MSc, MRes) degrees but also provide trainings at foundation and PhD levels.


Chemistry, BSc (Hons)
Chemistry, MChem
Applied Science (Foundation Entry)


Synthetic Organic Chemistry, MSc
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, MSc

Research Degree Programs

MRes/PhD Chemistry



Our research encompasses fundamental as well as applied research themes with highly inter-disciplinary areas including material science, nuclear and environmental chemistry, organic and medicinal chemistry, inorganic and organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry, fire chemistry and chemical biology.

We have recently expanded our purpose-built laboratories boasting a well-equipped analytical instrumentation suite.In addition to an extensive range of spectroscopic, chromatographic, microscopic, morphological, surface and thermal analysis techniques.

Our research staff are engaged in a number of collaborative research programmes at national and international level.

UCLan Chemistry also enjoys a number of partnerships with industrial units; the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy being one of them.

Case Studies


The J B Firth Building is an interdisciplinary space designed to cross traditional subject boundaries. The building opened in 2011 represents an £11.5M investment for the delivery of teaching and research. There are 3 flexible use laboratories for general use representing 721.5 m2 with 26 fume hoods fully equipped for wet chemistry and standard chemical analysis with a team of dedicated technical staff. The J B Firth building also houses and extensively stocked open access analytical suite of 336 m2 for full sample characterisation.

Chemistry Laboratory

Analytical Suite

Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry Research Laboratory


Technical staff

Natalie Barlow 
Peter Bentley
Patric Daniel Cookson
Tamar Garcia-Sorribes
Bethany Grooby
John Lockley
Sameera Mahroof
Teresa Oughton