Why Plymouth?

  • ? Chemistry ranked 14th out of 53 in the Guardian University Guide 2021 league tables. Chemistry came top in ‘satisfied with feedback’, joint 2nd in both ‘satisfied with teaching’ and the ‘value-added score’, and 6th on ‘satisfied with the course’.
  • @ 96% of students were satisfied with the quality of the course (NSS, 2022)
  • < Degrees accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • ' Industry-standard ISO 9001 certified laboratories
  • A Emphasis on practical and laboratory skills
  • > Stepping stone towards Chartered Chemist status (CChem)


Chemistry is key in solving our current challenges because it studies the molecules that make up everything around us from the sand on the beach to the silicon chip that drives our smartphone. The chemistry course at Plymouth is designed to provide students with the skills and experience of modern chemical and analytical techniques that makes them so valuable to employers. Recent graduates are working in diverse fields such as environmental protection, energy and pharmaceuticals, contributing to making the world a better place.
Dr Hayley Manners 
Programme Leader

Dr Hayley Manners
with a colleague on board the research vessel Chikyū, investigating life in the
deep biosphere<br></p>

Dr Hayley Manners with a colleague on board the research vessel Chikyū, investigating life in the deep biosphere

Read about our student and staff success in our latest newsletter.

Recent edition: Spring 2023

Jon ShawJon Shaw
Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

<p>SoGEES newsletter Spring 2023</p>

Biogeochemistry Research Centre

Researching the environmental behaviour, fate and impact of nutrients, metals and pharmaceuticals in terrestrial, atmospheric and aquatic systems.

The Biogeochemistry Research Centre comprises expert researchers and instrumentation, with acknowledged international leaders in organic geochemistry and environmental analytical chemistry and a strong focus on marine science and current and past ecosystems and climates.

Find out more about the Biogeochemistry Research Centre

Scientists working with a University of Plymouth team on sea ice in the Arctic (credit: Simon Belt/University of Plymouth)

Academic staff