MSc Polymers for Advanced Technologies

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Learning from our world-leading experts prepares you for a key role in the future of this rapidly developing field.

I like the variation in the subject material – you get to look at the field of plastics and polymers from all sorts of different angles and viewpoints, not just within chemistry but within the fields of biology, physics and engineering.

Nigel Tu, MSc Polymers for Advanced Technologies

About the course

Course description 2017

This course is designed with industry in mind. We have also partnered with Engineering Materials and Physics to encompass the breadth of modern polymer science and technology. You’ll become the kind of high-calibre polymer science graduate needed to develop new products and processes in a variety of industries.

Through a combination of theory and practice, we’ll teach you about polymer synthesis, physics, characterisation and the latest developments in polymer research. When you design and conduct your own extended research project, you can look in more detail at the areas you’re most interested in and learn how to communicate your science to the chemical community.

Nigel Tu, MSc Polymers for Advanced Technologies

Core modules

  • Fundamental Polymer Chemistry
  • The Physics of Polymers
  • Biopolymers and Biomaterials
  • Polymer Characterisation and Analysis
  • Research and Presentation Skills and Polymer Laboratory Skills
  • Extended Research Project.

Examples of optional modules

  • Smart Polymers and Polymeric Materials
  • Polymers with Controlled Structures
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Polymer Fibre Composite Materials
  • Macromolecules at Interfaces and Structured Organic Films
  • Electronics and Photonics

Teaching and assessment

We use a mixture of lectures, practicals, workshops and individual research projects. The optional modules in the second semester enable you to specialise in two specific areas of polymer science. You can also tailor your research project to your particular interests.

For all taught modules, written exams contribute 75 per cent towards your final grade. The other 25 per cent comes from continuous assessment, which might include essays on specialised topics or assessed workshops. You also produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project

Your research project

This can be based in an academic group at the University, or in industry. If it’s industry- based, the topic is usually suggested by the company you’re working with. You may be expected to liaise closely with the company to organise your project.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You need a BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Chemistry tutor

Professor Steve Armes

Research interests:
Polymer and colloid chemistry.

Teaches on:
Fundamental Polymer Chemistry module.

Investigating:
'Smart', stimulus-responsive bio- compatible polymers for medical and bio-science applications, including targeted drug release and biochemically responsive hydrogels.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Colin Crook
E: polymersmsc@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 9521

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.