Chemistry students


In the Department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, we are internationally recognised for our groundbreaking research. We currently have more than 200 overseas students from more than 30 different countries, and our academic staff have come from as far afield as Russia, China and North Africa to conduct research and teach our the next generation of chemists. 

New international students join our degree programmes every year. Through the University of Sheffield International College and our partnership with Nanjing Tech University, we have been able to offer alternative routes to studying chemistry at the University of Sheffield. Undergraduate students also have the chance to spend a year of their degree studying chemistry in Australia, Canada or the USA, for a truly global experience.

This international perspective means we can look at the biggest challenges in chemistry from lots of different angles, and work with researchers around the world on finding solutions. Our students meet scientists from lots of different backgrounds, and graduate into the global workforce with a range of experiences that employers are looking for.

Studying chemistry at Sheffield

We run a range of undergraduate degree programmes, all of which are open to international students. You can apply for one of these courses through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Visit our webpages for undergraduate students to find out more about our courses and entry requirements.

Undergraduate study

We also run three masters courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Visit our webpages for postgraduate students to find out more about courses, projects, entry requirements, funding and how to apply for a place.

Postgraduate study

Don't meet our entry requirements?

If you are an international student and you don't meet our entry requirements, our International College offers an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering and a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering. These programmes are designed to develop your academic level, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a number of degree programmes in our department.

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. Our English Language Teaching Centre offers courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Supporting Syrian refugees

As Director of the University of Sheffield's Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, our Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Tony Ryan OBE, visited the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan with his PhD student Harry Wright.

During the trip they helped develop sustainable solutions to some of the challenges Syrian refugees are facing, including using the foam from old mattresses as an artificial soil to grow crops. Harry is exploring this novel application of polymer chemistry for his PhD with the Grantham Centre.

Read Tony's report on Za'atari refugee camp

Read Harry's blog post about the trip

From Sheffield to space travel

After completing her BSc Chemistry degree here in Sheffield, Dr Helen Sharman OBE became the first British astronaut, working as part of an international collaboration on the Mir Space Station. After responding to a radio advert, she was selected from 13,000 applicants to work on the Anglo-Soviet Project Juno.

She returned to Sheffield in 2017 to receive an honorary degree, officially open The Diamond teaching and library facility, and meet the chemistry students behind our department magazine, Resonance.

News story: Dr Helen Sharman, first British astronaut, returns to the Department of Chemistry

Joint degree programme with Nanjing Tech University

For several years, we have run an innovative '3+1' joint degree programme with Nanjing Tech University.

Students are taught in Nanjing for the first year three years of their degree, with more than a third of teaching given by visiting staff from Sheffield. They then spend their final year studying in Sheffield.

BSc Chemistry with Nanjing Tech University

Catherine - Nanjing student

For international students, the department pay extra attention to the language barrier since it has a significant influence on understanding the learning materials.

Also, I appreciate the effort the department made to involve us in the life here and overcome the culture difference.

BSc Chemistry with Nanjing Tech University

The chemistry of a great collaboration

"Students on the programme in China have the exact same work and grading system as students taking the BSc in Sheffield.

"We’ve had some lovely comments from the students who have said they love the practical teaching style we offer."

Read about Dr Julie Hyde's experiences of teaching chemistry in Nanjing

Dr Julie Hyde in Nanjing

Study abroad opportunities

Students on one of our Chemistry with Study in America or Australasia degrees spend their third year studying chemistry at a top institution in Australia, Canada or the USA.

We've built up a strong network of universities we work with to make these fantastic opportunities possible for our students.

Chemistry with Study in Australasia or America

Maya Singer-Hobbs spent her third year studying in Montreal – read more

About #WeAreInternational

At the University of Sheffield, we value international students and are passionate about making sure their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised.

That's why the University and Students' Union, led by our Vice-Chancellor and the Students' Union President, launched our #WeAreInternational campaign in 2013. So far, over 160 universities, education institutions and international organisations have backed it.

Find out more