School of Chemistry Research

The School of Chemistry has undertaken world-leading research for over a century and remains at the fore-front of scientific discovery, as has been recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where all of our research outputs have been graded as internationally recognised, with over 95% being classed as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Postgraduate Open Day: Saturday 24 November 2018

Join us on campus to hear first-hand from current students about their experience at Birmingham. Our academics will also be available to discuss the research and programmes you’re interested in, including modules, course structure and suitability in relation to your previous experience. 

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To find out more, download our new brochure, Research Opportunities at the School of Chemistry (pdf).

REF Framework

The School of Chemistry’s performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, has highlighted that over 95% of the research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Learn more about our REF results.

We have a broad research portfolio covering three outward-facing research themes: Chemical Biology and Drug DiscoveryImaging in Chemistry and Biomedicine and Materials Chemistry and Energy. These research themes are underpinned by four core research units: Biomolecular, Supramolecular and Nanoscale ChemistryMolecular Synthesis and CatalysisPhysical and Theoretical Chemistry and Solid State Chemistry. Our research is funded from a broad range of sources, including EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Marie Curie and EU research programmes, the Leverhulme Trust and industry. The School also hosts two Centres for Doctoral Training in the Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences (Sci Phy) and the Physical Sciences for Health.

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