Courses offered

MChem Chemistry: 5-6 students per year.


Ann Chippindale, MA, DPhil
Rachel Quarrell, MA, DPhil
Martin Galpin, DPhil

Course overview

The Oxford Chemistry course extends from the borders of atomic and molecular physics on the one hand to the biological sciences on the other. The teaching of Chemistry in Worcester is intended to develop both enjoyment and critical understanding of the subject, and is by a combination of tutorials and classes which are closely related to the University lectures and practical classes. All chemists are tutored in the three main branches of the subject, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, together with the necessary mathematics. The College encourages the development of specialised interests by the study of Supplementary Subjects in the second, third or fourth year; all students have a free choice of research topic in the fourth year.

Dr Ritchie’s (physical chemistry) research focuses on the application of laser-based spectroscopic techniques to a variety of fundamental and applied problems in the areas of gas phase reaction dynamics, optical micromanipulation and medical diagnostics (see Dr Chippindale (inorganic chemistry) uses X-ray crystallography to study the relationship between the solid state structures of inorganic compounds and their properties. Dr Quarrell (organic chemistry) has publications in medicinal chemistry including the synthesis of new anti-malarial and anti-cancer drugs, combinatorial synthesis techniques, solid-phase peptide synthesis and enzyme inhibition.


The College normally admits 6 students each year to read Chemistry at Worcester. In order to cope with the requirements of the course, candidates are required to have Chemistry and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. In IB Mathematics,7 at SL is also acceptable. Another science or Further Mathematics are recommended.

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