Honours in chemistry comprises both a schedule of specific lecture courses and a research project worth at least 50% of the final assessment. This strong research component allows Honours students to develop their research skills, placing them in an excellent position to continue their career, either in academic research or in the industry. Honours students are required to nominate a research project and find an academic supervisor. The supervisor will guide the candidate in the selection of a suitable program of study and will direct the research project. For more information please contact Ali Cook, the RSC Teaching Administrator. 

Research project

Potential projects can stem from our current research activities described in the research section or our academic staff profiles. Some members of staff describe specific projects while others sketch out general areas of research in which projects could be developed.

Each Honours candidate is expected to make use of and gain skills in a range of techniques, and to acquire facility in interpretation of results. The project may involve substantial bench-work, or a purely theoretical emphasis, or some combination of both. The one important point to bear in mind in undertaking a project is that it involves working closely with a member of staff who is supervising the project. The significance of your relationship with your supervisor cannot be overemphasised.


The courses offered in the Honours year are selected to provide a range across the chemistry disciplines. The specific courses available vary from year to year - as an example, the list of courses available for 2020 are listed below. Some courses assume prior study of particular areas at undergraduate level while others have no prerequisite.  Courses offered are such that all Honours students have the opportunity to complete the requisite number of courses, with their chemistry background.

Students are required to complete four courses, each consisting of about eight lectures or equivalent. The courses are chemistry discipline based (organic, inorganic and physical) and given by staff associated with Honours in chemistry.  The best three Honours course marks will be used towards the overall Honours grade, and are collectively worth 30% of a student's final mark. Assessment for these courses is flexible, with some courses assessed by examination (including oral presentation), some by assignment, and some by a combination of the two.  There is no formal enrollment process for courses. It is the students' responsibility to attend the appropriate lectures and complete the examination for whichever four courses they choose. This year's coursework was given by:

  • Dr. Lara Malins: Chemical Protein Synthesis and Bioconjugation
  • Prof. Michelle Coote: Radical Chemistry
  • Dr. Alexey Glushenkov: Material Science of Energy Storage Systems
  • Prof. Tony Hill: Organometallics
  • Dr. Christoph Nitsche: Drug Design and Medicinal Chemistry
  • A/Prof. Mal McLeod: Instrumental Analysis
  • Prof. Edie Sevick: Chemistry of the Ozone Hole

Study load

Honours in chemistry is available both as full time (Chem4005F) or part time (Chem4005P). Contact the Research School of Chemistry teaching department for more information.