Sheffield-China joint degree programme receives Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited a Chemistry degree offered jointly between Nanjing Tech University and the University of Sheffield.

Two students studyinbg at Nanjing Tech University as part of the university collaboration

The four year BSc Chemistry degree offers Chinese students the opportunity to gain a degree by studying for three years in Nanjing, China, where more than a third of teaching is given by visiting University of Sheffield staff, followed by a final year in Sheffield studying alongside undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry.

The course, which has been running since 2011, has had over 300 students enrol to study all key areas of Chemistry. Chemistry is central to advances in everything from medicine and biology to engineering and clean energy. In their final year, students complete a laboratory-based research project under the supervision of Sheffield’s world-class researchers.

Professor Mark Winter, Director of Learning and Teaching for Chemistry in Sheffield said, “We are delighted to receive the RSC accreditation. The course is demonstrably successful and our relationship with Nanjing Tech University grows stronger as a result. I am pleased that the RSC commended the close working relationship between Sheffield and Nanjing academic and administrative staff.

“It is a pleasure to observe the extent to which our home students and Nanjing students work together during their final year in Sheffield. This degree is an excellent example of the growing links that the University of Sheffield continues to forge with partners in China.”

Professor Shen, of Nanjing Tech University, said, "I am very glad that our Chemistry joint 3+1 programme became the first in China to be awarded accreditation by the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry. This is a strong endorsement of the tremendous effort and dedication put into the programme by our students and staff."

Accreditation by the RSC is recognition that the joint degree programme is providing a qualification of the highest standard, offering those who graduate the best in breadth and depth of knowledge and skills.

Toby Underwood CChem; Accreditation Manager; Royal Society of Chemistry said, “We’re delighted to have accredited the collaborative degree between Nanjing Tech University and the University of Sheffield. As the professional body for the chemical sciences we see accreditation as a fundamental part of supporting students. Accreditation is based on learning outcomes and ensuring these are appropriate for those wishing to progress their careers in chemistry. Our peer reviewers and the organisation itself learnt a lot from this process and how Higher Education is approached in China generally. The relationship between the two universities is unique within the chemical sciences and it is clear the student experience is at the heart of the collaboration.”

Nanjing Tech University is located in Jiangsu Province, China and has a student population similar in size (around 30,000) to the University of Sheffield.

Professor Zhang Guangming, the Head of the Central Department of Teaching and Learning in NJTech said, "The successful accreditation by RSC shows the joint programme between NJTech and the University of Sheffield is acknowledged by academic society. Students are very satisfied with the course and the society recognises the achievements of students enrolled in this programme. Following graduation, progression into graduate-level education and employment is 100%. Students have been accepted by top universities such as Cambridge and Imperial College to continue their academic journey. This shows that we have done a good job so far giving students quality teaching, an international experience and life-changing career mobility."

For further information, please contact: Professor Mark Winter, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield,, phone 0114 222 9304.

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