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The University of Southampton
ChemistryUndergraduate study

Teaching Methods

We encourage a close working relationship between academic tutors and students, and a commitment from both to develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding fashion.

Chemistry tutorial
Chemistry tutorial

The standard of our teaching, as measured by the Quality Assurance Agency, is renowned - we are rated as 'excellent' in our teaching reviews. The Royal Society of Chemistry identified the Key Skills components and the way we integrate them into Chemistry tuition as 'amongst the best that they had seen'.

We use the following methods to deliver the curriculum and help you learn and understand the wide variety of Chemistry that is covered in our degree courses:


Chemistry lectures are as interactive as possible, with discussions, question and answer sessions and informal quizzes as well as the more conventional lecture style. In most lectures you will be provided with handouts to summarise key points and structure your note taking.


Workshops convert your knowledge to understanding. Working in small groups of peers, you will explore problems and link to material recently covered in lectures. Workshops allow you to learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities.


Tutorials involve a group of six to eight students and one tutor. You will work on problems in advance of the tutorial and submit your work for assessment. The tutor then tailors each session to suit your developing knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead as well as contribute to discussions, and these sessions provide a forum at which you can present your ideas.

Electronic resources (via Blackboard)

Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, where copies of lecture notes and other alternative teaching media like videos and self-assessment tests are posted for you to access to enhance your self-study.

Laboratory work and practical sessions

You will spend up to six hours a week in practical sessions, developing your lab technique and exemplifying the theoretical concepts covered in lectures. These sessions are hard work but sociable, and allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory report.

When you study chemistry in Southampton you join a learning community that includes staff and students united by a thirst for knowledge and an enthusiasm for chemistry. Whether studying the fundamentals or cutting edge science you will be taught and encouraged by staff who combine innovation in teaching with a curriculum that evolves to ensure that you will be equipped for the world beyond graduation.

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