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Congratulations and Welcome to Chemistry

Welcome from the Head of Department 

Chemistry Head of Department

Congratulations on your results! 

I'm delighted that you've chosen Durham University Chemistry Department for your degree studies and I look forward to meeting you this October. 

I'm sure that your time in Durham will be both an intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding one. The University has much to offer in terms of not only your degree programme but also activities outside of your studies and is a wonderful place to spend three or four years as an undergraduate.

Our aim during your degree course will be to give you the best Undergraduate chemical education possible, and to provide a supportive but intellectually challenging environment in which you can thrive. We'll aim to provide all the opportunities you need to learn the essentials of chemistry, but also expose you to (and involve you!) in some of the cutting-edge research that goes on in our Department. 

I look forward to welcoming you to Durham this October. 


Professor Chris Greenwell 


What happens now?


You will find further information and guidance on the next steps of your student journey with us here


Applicants who have already applied to us and hold an offer from us should check our Firm and Insurance Offer Holders page for guidance. 


Prospective students seeking a place through Clearing should check the UCAS website as all vacancies will be advertised here. The possibility of vacancies in any programme will depend on the forthcoming results for applicants currently holding conditional offers with the University. 


Students with questions that can’t be answered by the Applicant web pages to our Live Chat or telephone lines. We have a new Hotline number: 0191 640 3491. 

The live chat facility for all enquiries is active on our Study webpages and will be available between: 


  • 1pm-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 10am-1pm Tuesday and Thursday 


Do check your e-mails for important updates from Durham University, your allocated college and the Chemistry Department as you prepare to join us. Our college confirmation will begin next week, from Monday 22 August.


Once you have been able to complete your online enrolment you will be given access to your personal email address and this will allow you to access important information from the Chemistry Department through both our virtual learning environment (Blackboard Learn Ultra) and a dedicated SharePoint site.


Both Learn Ultra and our undergraduate SharePoint site will be key resources for you during your time at Durham so do take the time to explore the content.


We are happy to help with any queries about modules or any aspect of registration do get in touch at 

We look forward to meeting you in October!

University student
We're proud to be a World Top 100 department with an extensive research base. It's incredible to watch our exceptional students develop as scientists and become highly engaged problem solvers ready to shape the future!

Professor Chris Greenwell
Head of Department, Chemistry.
University student
Welcome! You've done a fantastic job doing your A Levels. From the quality of the course to societies and sports, there’s a wealth of opportunities. Try everything that piques your interest! Your time as a chemist here will be rigorous yet rewarding. The lecturers are extremely approachable, and through the department's championing of pastoral care I’ve always felt supported. Uni is about discovering new things. Hope you have a great time just as I have!

Romer Palad
Graduated 4th year student and Chem Soc Rep



Department Information

We look forward to meeting you in October! You will find further information and guidance on the next steps of your student journey with us here.  

Next steps

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Module registration for BSc and MChem Chemistry students. Level 1 is 120 credits, 80 credits for 'core' modules and 40 credits for ‘elective’ modules.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

Enquiries about Chemistry and our courses should be sent via the emails below:

Department of Chemistry
Durham University
Stockton Road
United Kingdom


Telephone (UK): +44 (0191) 334 2076
Telephone (International): +44 191 334 2000