Shaping Chemistry since 1793

The Department of Chemistry was established in 1793 and is an outward looking, vibrant and diverse department with a strong international collaborative profile.

We are proud to have been ranked first in Scotland for research impact in REF2021, driving exciting breakthroughs in new medicines, energy, functional materials, catalysis, biomaterials, and the environment. 95% of our research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

We have excellent research facilities and engage and work with multiple partners (academic and industry) to enhance the impact of our research. Our research environment was judged to be 100% world leading or internationally excellent in REF2021.

For more information about chemistry courses, outreach activities for schools and our research please visit our web-pages.

Research Symposium

We recently held our annual postgraduate research symposium. More details are available on the News page.

Science Teaching Hub

The University officially opened the new £38 million Science Teaching Hub in June. It houses modern teaching and laboratory space for biological and life sciences, medical sciences, geosciences, and chemistry.


More information about STH is available at the following link:

Mental Health during Covid-19

As the global pandemic takes hold for many of us our mental health has been impacted. Please check the poster below, it visualises mental health during this period to help us make sense of what we may be feeling.

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