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Chemistry is a wide-ranging science concerned with matter at the atomic and molecular scale. Important aspects are synthesis, structure, reaction mechanisms, properties, analysis and transformations of all types of materials.

The course

Chemistry is a four-year course. Lincoln College tutors or lecturers give all tutorials and classes in physical (Dr Thorneywork), inorganic (Professor Jones) and organic chemistry (Professor Willis). During the first two years, equal amounts of time are devoted to these three branches of chemistry. The first year also includes lectures and tutorials in maths. In the third year, however, some specialisation is possible. In the fourth year students undertake research (the 'Part II' year), normally in one of the chemistry laboratories.

Why study Chemistry at Lincoln?

Lincoln is less than a 10-minute walk from the Chemistry Department, which is where lectures and laboratory classes take place. With around 24 undergraduate chemists at Lincoln at any one time, chemistry is a medium-sized subject for Lincoln. All the chemists at Lincoln, including the graduates, are invited to our annual dinner, which usually takes place in Hilary term.

All Lincoln Chemistry students benefit from the generosity shown by friends and former pupils of Professor Peter Atkins. They established these awards in his honour when he retired in 2007. Each new first year student is given a gift by Oxford University Press of the principal text books for the first year of the Chemistry course. In addition, the Peter W. Atkins Chemistry Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Lincoln College chemistry students. Up to three scholarships, each of £700, are awarded each year. Professor Atkins, a celebrated scientific author, was Tutor in Chemistry at Lincoln College for many years. He remains a Fellow of the College.

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Studying Chemistry at Lincoln allowed me to meet and be taught by leading experts in their respective fields. The tutors push us to achieve our potential and are supportive of us in pursuing Chemistry research beyond the scope of the degree. The small group size in our tutorials means that my questions are always answered and a lot of attention is paid to my academic development.

Alen Maguire
  • Third-year undergraduate, Chemistry
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