The Department prides itself on innovative teaching delivered at the highest possible standards. There is a particular focus on small group teaching, with the tutorial system (based on academic colleges) being a major part of our delivery methods.

Undergraduate teaching

The distinctive and attractive undergraduate course at York (approximately 1900 applications for a quota of 180 places for 20017/18) has a flexible modular structure: it builds on core chemistry by offering a range of courses including the opportunity for specialisation in areas of contemporary importance in environmental/atmospheric, green/sustainable and biological/medicinal chemistry, as well as advanced topics in chemistry.

There are three-year (BSc) and four-year (MChem) degree programmes. The fourth year of the MChem course can be spent in York, in industry (UK, EU) or in an overseas university; there are opportunities for students to spend a year at universities in Australia (Sydney), Belgium (Brussels), Canada (Kelowna), France (Caen, Grenoble, Strasbourg), Finland (Helsinki), Germany (Aachen, Munster, Heidelberg), India (Mumbai), Italy (Modena), New Zealand (Wellington), Singapore, Spain (Seville). These courses are described in the prospectus and brochures.

Postgraduate teaching

With approximately 150 students, the Department has a thriving Graduate School. The majority of graduate students are carrying out research at either PhD or MSc level under the guidance of an academic supervisor with the support of a research group. Research students all participate in our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry programme (iDTC) which supports the development of scientific and transferable skills to enhance the employability of our students. 
Our taught MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology was the first course of its kind to receive RSC Accreditation. The programme is delivered by expert academic staff from York's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence as well as other experts from industry and academia. The taught component of the course is delivered via lectures, workshops and practical laboratory work with a range of assessment methods including presentations, posters, assignments and a closed examination. Student learn about the Principles and Applications of Green Chemistry as well as the Commercialisation of Science. They also carry out an extensive research project working on real life problems under the guidance of an academic supervisor.