Chemistry with Study in Australasia or America

MChem in Australasia

UCAS Code: F108
Typical offer:
Four years

MChem in America

UCAS code: F109
Typical offer: AAB
Length: Four years

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About the course

I spent my third year studying in Canada, and if I'm honest, I've never worked so hard! Despite that, it was probably the best year of my life so far; interesting classes, a research project, a completely different style of learning, and I was in Montreal, which is a fab city!

Maya Singer Hobbs, MCHem Chemistry with Study in America

On the Chemistry with Study in Australasia degree, you'll spend your third year studying chemistry at a top university in Australia or New Zealand. The Chemistry with Study in America degree will take you to the United States or Canada. You'll attend orientation sessions in your second year so that you can prepare for studying abroad, and to help you choose which universities you would like to apply to spend your third year at.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which means we cover all of the topics and training that you need to graduate into a professional chemistry career, and your placement will give you even more hands-on experience to put on your CV. On your year abroad, you'll cover roughly the same topics you would have covered in Sheffield including, in most cases, a small research project. Some of the subjects you'll cover in Sheffield are set out in the 'Course structure' tab.

At the start of your first year, you will be given a laboratory resource pack, including a lab coat, safety glasses and safety gloves, so you can start practical work right away. There are also maths classes, and a physics course for students who don't have an A level in physics. You'll do more practical work as the course progresses and by the end of your year abroad, you'll be confident handling sensitive chemicals and conducting experiments over multiple days.

Fourth year
The fourth year has more practical work and more freedom to specialise. There are a range of advanced lecture modules to choose from, and you'll run your own in-depth research project over six months, working with professional scientists in one of our world-class research groups. This can lead to your work being published in respected scientific journals before you've even graduated.

Course structure

Year Abroad structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Organic chemistry

  • First year: functional groups and their reactivity, reaction mechanisms
  • Second year: stereochemistry, designing syntheses of complex target molecules

Inorganic chemistry

  • First year: structure and bonding of main group and transition metal compounds
  • Second year: solid state materials, environmental chemistry

Physical chemistry

  • First year: electronic structure of molecules, kinetics, thermodynamics
  • Second year: electrochemistry, elementary quantum mechanics

Fourth year
You'll do a major research project in your fourth year, working with professional researchers in one of our research labs. You'll also have a range lecture modules to choose from. Current options include:

  • Supra-molecular Chemistry
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Metals in Organic Synthesis
  • Stereoelectronics, Mechanism and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • New Materials
  • Functional Polymers
  • Organic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Graph Theory for Chemists
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Stereoselective Synthesis
  • Chemistry in Space
  • Advanced Spectroscopy and Theory
  • Molecular Electronics and Photonics
  • Spectroscopic Structure Determination
  • Enzyme Catalysis
  • Polymer Architectures
  • Chemistry of the Excited State
  • Smart Polymers and Polymeric Materials

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.