Teaching & assessment

Teaching and Learning

We teach in a variety of ways, with typical methods of teaching including:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Self-Study

Lectures make up the backbone of most of our courses. Chemistry is not a subject in which you can be passive - we encourage all our students to be active in their learning, and the laboratory, workshops and tutorials generally help with this. 

You will be required to work in your own time. To put this into perspective, each of our courses has a certain amount of credits (ie. 15 credits). This implies that you should spend 150 hours on that module, not all of which will be in-class time. Each module is different, so please see the module descriptions for advice.



As you might expect, all of our non-laboraotry modules will have a formal exam at the end of the course - this could take place in either January or May. However, the exam can be worth anywhere between 50-100% of the module, with the rest compromising of continunally assessed pieces of work, including:

  • Problem solving exercises (related to tutorials and workshops)
  • Oral presentations
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Literature surveys

The laboratory modules are generally assessed via laboratory reports and skills, with some lab-based workshops accounting towards your grades also.