Chemistry Race
Chemistry competition for teams of sixth-form students

Competition details

Chemistry Race 2024

The registration for the Chemistry Race 2024 will open at 12pm on Monday 4th December 2023. We will inform all teams who submitted the registration form if they have secured a place as soon as possible.

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What is the Chemistry Race?
The Chemistry Race is a new chemistry competition for teams of 3-5 sixth-form students organised by students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The teams race against each other in solving chemistry problems; whoever gets the most points within the time limit wins!
Where and when?

The fifth Chemistry Race will be held on Saturday 10th February 2024 at the Departments of Chemistry at University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

How to sign up

The registration form for Chemistry Race 2024 will open at 12pm on Monday 4th December 2023 on this website. Once all available places fill up, any additional teams will be put on a waiting list.

You can also sign up to your mailing list here to receive updates about the competition.


What do we need to bring?

Apart from writing utensils, you should definitely not forget your favourite calculator (ideally one for each member of your team). Some questions may require you to read data of graphs. Therefore, we also recommend bringing rulers. In addition, you are allowed to bring any paper literature, notes or handouts that you think could be useful. No electronic devices, apart from dedicated calculators (not calculators on mobile phones, tablets or computers) are allowed.

How to get here

If you are competing in Cambridge, the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry can be reached on foot from Cambridge City Centre bus station (15 minutes) and Cambridge Railway Station (20 minutes). If your team wishes to bring a vehicle, parking at the Department is available.


If you care competing in Oxford, the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (where teams will register) can be reached on foot from Gloucester Green bus station (15 minutes) or Oxford railway station (20 minutes). Please note that there is no parking in Oxford city centre, so if you wish to bring a vehicle you are advised to use the Park and Ride sites around the city.


Participation in the competition is free. Travel costs are not reimbursed.

FAQ and example questions

You can find the FAQ and complete rules of the competition here. Past questions can be found in the Documents section.

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