The University of Sussex is one of the best places in the UK to study Chemistry. We attract outstanding students, researchers and Faculty, including two Nobel Prize winners.

Our research activities are incredibly diverse and they inspire our teaching, to the benefit of our students. We have an established reputation and collaborate with scientists from other disciplines at universities around the world and within industry.

  • Our Chemistry degree was ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2022
  • Our Chemistry research (as submitted to UoA 08 – Chemistry) was assessed overall to be 29% ‘world leading’ (4*) and 58% ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). In particular, 75% of impact cases were assessed as 4* and 25% as 3*. Our research environment was also rated 75% as 3* or 4* in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).
Our interests

Our research covers a broad range of activities:

  • Chemical physics
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Drug design and delivery
  • Clean energy and fuels
Our courses

We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including the MChem in Chemistry. Our MChem and BSc degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This ensures your education at Sussex provides the academic basis for Chartered Chemist status.

Our facilities

Key to many aspects of both teaching and research is the provision within the department of state-of-the-art facilities:

We also have facilities just for students, offering opportunities to network, socialise, study and develop new skills:

Contact Us


Professor Wendy Brown 

Head of Department


T 01273 678402

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