Teaching methods

The primary aim of our course is to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed by professional chemists. 

The new undergraduate teaching labs are a unique and fantastic way to learn about practical chemistry with the help of approachable PhD student demonstrators and lab technicians. 

Jai, Year 4, MChem

Professional chemists need to be able to:

  • make connections between topics in separate subjects
  • make judgements about the most appropriate methods for investigating a problem
  • clearly explain their views or conclusions to people with different backgrounds
  • manage their time effectively 
  • think independently and flexibly
  • take responsibility for continued learning

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The teaching staff in the Department help and encourage you to develop these skills by providing you with a variety of learning opportunities.

The use of a Skills Log Book is encouraged as a means of helping students keep track of the skills they develop while at York.

Students with disabilities and special needs

The University has an explicit policy of accommodating students with disabilities. We will undertake all reasonable steps to meet both the general needs of access, as well as the specific needs of individuals with disabilities. This includes

  • organising note takers
  • providing advice on appropriate accommodation
  • examination arrangements
  • applying for Disabled Students' Allowance

The Department of Chemistry has accessible lecture rooms and laboratories, and we have a Disability Officer on the chemistry academic staff who coordinates the support for students.

Chemistry students have graduated successfully with a variety of special needs and disabilities, including dyslexia, impaired hearing, very small stature, registered blindness and mobility limited to a wheelchair/crutches.

Disability Services