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Pure & Applied Chemistry About us

We have a vibrant mix of enthusiastic students and talented researchers from across Scotland, the UK, Europe and the World.

We've recently invested more than £10 million in our buildings and laboratories so our students, researchers and staff have modern, well-equipped and comfortable facilities.

We offer students unrivalled undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities for studying chemistry. We also offer top class postgraduate research opportunities.

Our staff

Our staff are internationally recognised chemists and forensic experts who are active in research and are engaged in international casework.

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Looking for someone in particular? We've put together a list of important contacts for you.

Our graduates

You can find our graduates and alumni across the world, pursuing rewarding careers and advancing chemistry in every way. They're also to be found throughout international research, industry and education.

Our alumni

We love hearing from our chemistry alumni and keeping up to date with what they're up to. We also love keeping them up to date with what we're doing in the department and getting them involved where they can, so if you're one of our graduates, keep in touch!

Find out more about our chemistry alumni.

Our centres

We have seven research centres within the Department.

Find out more about our research centres

Where we come from

As a department, we're over 200 years old. In that time, we've built a reputation for being at the forefront of chemistry education and research.

We come from a long line of world-leading scientists.

Dr Henry Faulds, one of the pioneers in modern fingerprinting, graduated from the University of Strathclyde, when it was known as Anderson's University, with a physician's licence.

Peter Pauson was internationally recognised for his seminal work on the oganometallic compound, ferrocene.

More recently, Hamish Wood developed Leucovorin in collaboration with Professor Colin Suckling and their collaborators. It's an anti-cancer drug, now used across Europe, to treat colorectal cancers. 

We come from a long line of pioneering chemists who paved the way for the work we do today.

Find out more about the history of our department.

What do chemists do?

Our chemistry graduates go into a dynamic and varied world of work. Some of our recent job titles include:

  • Chemical analyst
  • Graduate Development Programme
  • Graduate Scientist
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Laboratory Chemist
  • Research Chemist
  • Technical Graduate

Career opportunities in chemistry

There’s a continuous demand for chemistry graduates. Our graduates compete successfully for jobs in all branches of the chemical industry. These are well-rewarded careers that allow you to go on to supervisory or management roles. Your chances of employment are substantially increased by the industrial placement and training.

A degree in chemistry opens doors to a wide variety of employment opportunities. The range of available jobs is considerable and covers many different types of chemistry and industries such as nanotechnology, large scale chemical plants, the drinks and pharmaceutical industries or teaching.

Find out more about careers in chemistry.

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Information for international students

Our forensic science degrees have been on offer longer than any other university in the UK

Our experts

Our international students

Find out what our international students think about studying in our department.