About Us


Our Mission

The Chemistry Department is committed to delivering high quality and internationally recognized teaching and research programmes to our students, so that our graduates will be equipped to play the pivotal roles required of them in the overall development of the region and, particularly, in the sectors related to chemical science.

The Undergraduate Level

In 2012/ 2013 the Department of Chemistry introduced a new Level I programme consisting of CHEM 1065, CHEM 1066, CHEM 1067 and CHEM 1068. This was the first phase of the introduction of the new Chemistry curriculum.  In September 2013, the Department introduced for the first time a BSc degree in Chemistry as well as a completely revised Major in Chemistry and Minors in Chemistry Analytical Chemistry.

Students can also choose to do a minor in Applied Chemistry, or any number of other optional courses in advanced inorganic, organic, polymer and environmental chemistry, and corrosion science. In conjunction with the Department of Management Studies, we also offer the very prized B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management. Other cross-faculty, degree programmes are now available.

Research Degrees (M.Phil. and Ph.D.)

At the postgraduate level, the Department offers research degrees (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) in the areas of natural products, inorganic and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and waste management, bioanalytical chemistry, physical chemistry – spectroscopy, solution thermodynamics and studies on emulsion systems – and organic synthesis. Approximately 50 students are actively pursuing higher degrees. Scholarships are available for students of the highest academic standing, but some funding is also available for students not on scholarship in the form of demonstratorships.

M.Sc. Programme:

The Department also offers one taught master’s programme leading to the M.Sc. in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health which was introduced in September 2009. This programme is designed to prepare persons to function in key areas such as enforcement – to ensure compliance, research and development, training, organisational systems and practice, policy and standards development; consultancy, technical services and entrepreneurship.  See M.Sc. OESH Programme.

Career Options

A student engaged in study and/or research in chemistry at UWI, St. Augustine, will receive an internationally accepted degree, and will therefore have a good platform on which to build a rewarding, lifetime career in chemistry.

  • Research in chemistry leading to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.
  • Research and development chemist.
  • Consultant: lab accreditation, laboratory services, waste disposal and management.
  • Standards officer.
  • Forensic scientist.
  • Environmental chemist.
  • Laboratory technologist.
  • Chemist: government, Industry.
  • Quality control / quality assurance manager.
  • Sales person for pharmaceuticals, industrial / agricultural chemicals, instruments.
  • Educator. For example, at a secondary, technical school, community college, or university.

Many chemistry graduates branch off into other fields, and there are outstanding examples of our graduates who have built successful careers in fields such as medicine, engineering, banking, accounting and law.