Tutors and Lecturers: Prof. Dirk Aarts, Prof. Jason Davis, Dr Martin Grossel

Places at Christ Church: 6 - 7

Chemistry is probably the science with the greatest impact on mankind. Chemists study topics ranging from renewable energy sources to nanotechnology, drug therapeutics, advanced materials and molecular biology. In a nutshell, life and its quality depend on chemistry and chemists.

The course may be tough, but the intellectual stimulus is enormous, and the rewards are great (in recent years typically 80% or more of any given year have finished with First Class Honours). Many of our graduates go on to do research leading to a doctorate, but others find careers in many diverse areas, such as industry, commerce, or teaching, where the value of the academic discipline of the course has long been recognised.

Oxford’s Department of Chemistry is the largest in the world, and one of the most distinguished (with the number 1 “power rating” in the UK). It received the highest possible 5* rating in the recent Research Assessment Exercise, and an ‘excellent’ grading following a Teaching Quality Audit. Christ Church itself has a particularly long and distinguished record in science in general, and chemistry in particular, and it is a wonderful place to study the subject.

The tutors are brilliant (and friendly), and the undergraduates are friendly (and sometimes brilliant). The college is only a short walk from the department and Christ Church has permanent tutors in all three disciplines of the subject. The present tutors have interests ranging from Nanotechnology, Bio and Chemical Sensors, Self-Assembly and Interfacial Chemistry, and from Molecular Machines to Tumour Targeting. Christ Church chemists, undergraduates, graduates, and tutors, are unusually supportive of each other, and enjoy an intensely stimulating social and intellectual life.

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