Funding and scholarships

UK, EU and international students

The University of Sheffield runs several schemes to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience.

These range from scholarships, which cut the cost of your studies, to the Global Scholars scheme, which allows you to attend an overseas summer school.

Funding your degree

Undergraduate degrees in Chemistry

Our curriculum has been designed in consultation with our students and covers the biggest topics in chemistry. Environmental and sustainable chemistry is a central theme, but there's a lot of flexibility, so you can tailor your degree to your interests and career goals. Every module is designed to give you skills you can put on your CV.

We offer a standard three-year BSc Chemistry degree and a range of four-year MChem Chemistry courses. Our MChem courses come with an extra year of research training, and there are options to study abroad for a year, complete a year-long work placement or specialise in biological and medicinal chemistry.

Entry requirements

MChem courses: AAB including chemistry

BSc course: ABB including chemistry

You can also use an EPQ at grade B (or higher) as an entry qualification. In this case, the typical offer is ABB + EPQ (MChem) and BBB + EPQ (BSc).

How to apply

Cutting-edge chemistry

There are lots of topics for you to explore alongside the essentials. Some, like sustainability, are themes that run through our degree, while others are specialisms you can focus on later. Topics include:

  • Environmental and sustainable chemistry
  • Biological and medicinal chemistry
  • Advanced materials and nanotechnology
  • Computational chemistry
  • Synthesis and catalysis
  • Chemistry of light
  • Astrochemistry

All of our undergraduate students take the same modules in their first two years, so that you have more flexibility and freedom to specialise later in your degree. Because our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, you'll cover all of the organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry that a professional chemist needs to know.

We've built in lots of opportunities for you to add skills and experience to your CV, whether or not you're planning a career in science.

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World-class facilities

Chemistry is a practical subject, so we've made sure we're set up to help you learn everything you need to know. And because we're a World Top 100 University, there is lots of state-of-the-art equipment you can access.

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The fantastic teaching in the department and their desire to help me to achieve my goals has been a huge part of getting to where I am today and puts me in a strong position for the future.

James Marsden, MChem Chemistry

Teaching and support

All of your lectures are backed up by small group tutorials and workshops, where you can delve deeper into complex topics and get extra support from your personal tutor.

You'll spend a day of the week in the laboratory in first year, moving up to two days a week in second year. In third year, you'll start work on your own research project: you'll gather and evaluate data, run your own experiments and present your findings.

If you do a four-year MChem course, you'll join one of our research groups in your final year, and spend most of your time working in a team of professional scientists.

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Putting your career first

We want you to graduate with plenty of knowledge, skills and experience you can talk about at job interviews. We've designed our degrees to help improve your career prospects.

You'll develop skills like problem solving, team working, fact-finding, data analysis, communication and project management. Our Skills For Success training is focussed on developing your research and presentation abilities, and at our annual careers day you can get tips from chemistry graduates to help you take your next steps after graduation.

Our MChem Chemistry with Study in Industry course can help you stand out even further – all of our most recent graduates from this course were in a graduate job or further study six months after finishing their degrees.

Careers in chemistry

Ellen Quane

I spent my third year as a lab technician for the Dow Chemical Company. I'm really glad I opted to do a placement year as it gave me a good taster of what working in the chemical industry is like.

Ellen Quane, MChem Chemistry with Study in Industry

Sheffield – an extraordinary place

Choose Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a city that's one of the best in the UK for student life. Our students have voted us top in the Russell Group for student experience.

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The UK's number one students' union

Our students' union is consistently recognised as the best in the country. The entertainment and the social life are first rate. But the awards also reflect how effective our students' union is at representing students.

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Award-winning accommodation

Our accommodation has been voted top five in the UK for four years running. The residences are walking distance from campus and city, and your bills, free internet and contents insurance are included in the package.

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In these films you can meet Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, one of our former lecturers and winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dr Helen Sharman, who graduated from our department with a BSc Chemistry degree and became the first British person to visit space.