Research-led teaching

Our ground-breaking research has an international reputation for excellence, and this cutting-edge research informs our teaching and course content.


Although the global pandemic has placed some restrictions on some elements of our courses, we have substantially redesigned all research projects to maximise student experience and ensure our degrees remain accredited by the RSC.

We boast world-class facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in the new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), which equip our undergraduates with the skills and understanding to meet the challenges of the 21st century. You will have opportunities to carry out novel research projects with our academics and internships with industry. We’re also getting a new £80 million home for the School of Chemistry, which will house sector-leading research facilities to take us even further to the cutting edge and beyond.

World-leading research

Professor Andrew Dove and Dr Para Rodriguez discuss their research into recycling plastics and carbon dioxide-based fuel.

Our internationally leading researchers investigate some of the most important issues on the planet today, such as designing sustainable materials, innovative ways to recycle plastics, new drugs and liquid fuels based on recycled carbon dioxide. Discover more about research in the School of Chemistry.

Research projects

Every student in Chemistry undertakes a novel research project with one of our academics in their final year. The project is a substantial part of the MSci course fourth year, after which many students decide to continue with PhD research at Birmingham and beyond.

Outstanding facilities

Our outstanding new £40 million Collaborative Teaching Laboratory has been designed to provide our undergraduate students with access to the very latest equipment and technologies and has enhanced our ability to deliver our innovative practical chemistry course.

Take a 360° tour of the CTL Wet Lab

Take a 360° tour of our E-Lab in the CTL