Your Community

We are proud of the sense of community we foster in the School of Chemistry, from helping our newest students settle in to university life to keeping in touch with our alumni across the world. While you are here, you will find a wealth of ways to make friends, pursue your passions outside of Chemistry and participate in events run by our fantastic student society, ChemSoc.

The School of Chemistry is a thriving community of students and staff located on our beautiful campus. Our students are guaranteed membership of our ChemSoc society, run by students for students, and have numerous opportunities to get involved with societies and volunteering through the Guild of Students.

The School of Chemistry

Meet our Head of School

The School of Chemistry is a medium-sized department - big enough to provide plenty of opportunities and small enough that our students and staff can really get to know each other well. Our Head of School, Professor Rachel O'Reilly, looks forward to welcoming you to our open days and offer-holder visitor days.


Joe, Tamsin, Mona and Jess discuss 4th Year research projects, what ChemSoc does and why they chose Chemistry.

Socialising with those on your course is a great way to settle in and make new friends. Our student society ChemSoc is run by students, for students and runs a range of inclusive activities including bake sales for charity, inter-college sports tournaments, outings and socials, and careers and networking events.

Campus Life

Lois and Billy give a quick virtual Chemistry tour of campus.

Our beautiful campus has everything you need, from brand-new accommodation to shops and sports facilities. You can get involved in hundreds of clubs and societies through the Guild of Students, which also offers careers advice, campaigns and wellbeing support.

Hear from our student bloggers studying STEM subjects

I chose Birmingham because of the great first year accommodation, it’s social and highly collaborative Chemistry course, and the fantastic campus bursting with life so close to the city. James, Fourth Year MSci Chemistry.