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ChemistryUndergraduate study

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At Southampton, you’ll learn from lecturers who are working on incredible research programmes and are also passionate about educating the next generation of chemists.

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Your lectures will be as interactive as possible. You’ll take part in discussions, question-and-answer sessions, informal quizzes and more conventional-style seminars. In most lectures, you will get handouts summarising key points to help you structure your notetaking, and lectures are recorded so you can re-watch them afterwards. 

Workshops and tutorials

These are designed to convert your knowledge to understanding, so you can apply your learning. In workshops you’ll explore problems in groups and in small-group tutorials you’ll lead and contribute to discussions.

Practical work

In your first year you’ll spend six hours per week in the laboratories and this will increase in subsequent years. You’ll develop your laboratory technique and put into practice the theory you’ve learned in your lectures. These sessions are challenging, but very sociable and well supported.


You will be supported in your degree programme by the virtual learning environment – Blackboard – where lecture notes, hand-outs and presentations and alternative teaching methods such as videos and self-assessment tests are posted. This virtual way of studying gives you more control over your own learning and encourages your private study.

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Find out why you should choose Southampton for your undergraduate degree.

We nurture a strong and cohesive learning community, where everyone can feel comfortable asking questions and seeking support as they progress through their degree programme. We are always at the forefront of innovation in teaching and learning, using advances in technology to create new ways of supporting students on their learning journey and enhancing their confidence as they develop into the scientists of the future.

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