Practical chemistry is designed to complement your theoretical studies and constitutes most of the continuously assessed parts of your degree. A wide variety of experiments are carried out, from the synthesis of target compounds to a crime-scene investigation using forensic methodology. The Department has large well-equipped teaching laboratories, offering an extensive range of modern instrumentation, including spectrometers and chromatographic apparatus.
Laboratory work carried out in years 1 and 2 include the following areas;
It also gives you experience in handling and interpreting experimental data and demonstrates how principles taught in lecture courses can be put to use.
As the course progresses, you have an increasing range of choice in the experiments you do, and these also become more open-ended. Right from the first term, there are "mini-projects" in which you can plan and carry out experiments to investigate a particular problem.
Our practical courses have been designed to be accessible to all. The laboratories include low-level fume-hoods for students who would require them.
Excellent videos - thoroughly explained the experimental procedure
Year 1 student
We have recently initiated an ambitious project to develop on-line resources to support the teaching of introductory skills in practical chemistry. Our new facilities include state-of-the-art video hardware and software that we have used to record short clips that illustrate key laboratory procedures. These materials focus on helping our new students adapt to the demands of a university practical course. The materials are accessible through the university's 'virtual learning environment' so that they can be reviewed anytime, such as in advance of, during and after laboratory sessions. For a representative video clip please see below (this video has no sound).
Our dedicated and friendly teaching lab technicians