School of Chemistry

UEA's School of Chemistry was established over 50 years ago and is passionate about providing a modern and innovative learning experience.

We combine modern tools and technologies with the latest thinking and research to create a programme that is at the forefront of chemistry education.

While chemistry is the foundation of our work, we are a cross-disciplinary school that explores how it intersects with other areas, from biology to physics and analytical science. Students benefit from flexible courses they can tailor to their interests, and gain skills and experiences that prepare them for future careers. These can include overseas study in locations such as North America, or placements in industry.

Our tight-knit community gives students the opportunity to work closely with leading researchers and features notable expertise in organic synthesis, catalysis, biological chemistry and chemical physics.

We are also part of the Norwich Research Park, a hub of innovative and trail-blazing companies and organisations. Our new state-of-the-art teaching labs, world class research and dedicated faculty combine to provide an ideal study environment.

 

MSc

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Get ready to be at the forefront of organic chemistry today. Underpinning research and development in many areas of the chemical industry, organic chemistry...

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MChem

Chemistry

Chemistry shapes and underpins our relationship with the world around us, from manufacturing materials to producing medicines. On this course, you’ll study how...

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MChem

Chemistry with a Year Abroad

Chemistry shapes and underpins our relationship with the world around us, from manufacturing materials to producing medicines. On this course, you’ll study how...

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MChem

Chemistry with a Year in Industry

Chemistry shapes and underpins our relationship with the world around us, from manufacturing materials to producing medicines. On this course, you’ll study how...

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BSc

Chemistry

Chemistry shapes and underpins our relationship with the world around us, from manufacturing materials to producing medicines. On this course, you’ll study how...

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BSc

Chemistry with a Foundation Year

The Foundation Year will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, training and equipping you with everything you’ll need to progress to the next...

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Research

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  News
Julea Butt
12 Aug 2021

UEA Academic wins prestigious International Electrochemistry prize

Professor Julea Butt has been awarded the Katsumi Niki Prize for Bioelectrochemistry, from the International Society of Electrochemistry.  

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  News
13 Jul 2021

July issue of UEA Chemistry Magazine out now

The July edition yoUr chEm mAg is now available

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  News
08 Jun 2021

Widespread improvement for UEA in Complete University Guide rankings

UEA’s School of Chemistry jumping 19 places to 6th and American Studies climbing into the top five were just two of a number of successes for the University, as...

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04 Jun 2021

This year’s Alan Katritzky Scholarship recipients announced

This year’s Alan Katritzky Scholarship has been awarded (jointly) to Daniel Elford and Afonso Froes.

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Event

UEA Inaugural Lecture: Prof Richard Stephenson

  • Oct 26, 2021 18:30PM
  • Thomas Paine Study Centre lecture theatre, UEA and online
  • Lecture
  • Free

No need to book - simply come along on the night, or watch live via YouTube.

SEEKING PATTERNS IN SYNTHETIC AND PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY
PROF G RICHARD STEPHENSON SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY

It’s not just scientists that are fascinated by patterns; it’s part of being human! But in chemistry, as with much of science, the patterns are more of a challenge to communicate to others outside the discipline, and far from easy to see by those looking in from the outside without a mentor or a guide. In this lecture, Prof G Richard Stephenson will discuss examples from his work at UEA, initially as a Royal Society Research Fellow through to his appointment as Professor of Synthetic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. These include: patterns of control of electrophilicity in multihapto transition metal complexes, the introduction of asymmetry in the synthetic routes of target molecule synthesis, the polarisation of the spiral-systems of helicenes, and most recently, through Big C (addressing cancer) and Open Lab Africa (addressing neglected tropical diseases), structure-activity relationships in medicinal chemistry. Through this lecture, non-specialists will recognise how the perception of patterns can drive creativity in research, and experts in the field will appreciate the beauty of the complex interrelationships between different aspects of synthetic and pharmaceutical chemistry. Beyond this, the point will be developed that the whole scientific method would fail without the perception of patterns. The process of proposing an hypothesis then testing it cannot start without pattern-based recognition of what to propose. But not only are patterns essential in science, they are also at the heart of its aesthetic quality as well. Science is not just an assembly of cold facts; it is a beautiful and sometimes bewildering and perplexing array of linked interrelationships. From this lecture, Prof Stephenson hopes to be a guide to allow everyone to share the beauty of the subject, not just the detail of its logic. After all – patterns are great fun. Join us in person or online to hear about cutting-edge research from UEA’s newest professors, covering topics affecting all areas of living today. These free public lectures are open to all and there is a chance to ask questions and meet the speaker at a free drinks reception after the talk.