Chemistry with Study in Australasia or America (2018 entry)

MChem in Australasia

UCAS Code: F108
Typical offer:
Four years

MChem in America

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

International students
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Foundation Years at our International College

This course will not be offered to students starting in 2019. Instead, see Chemistry with Study Abroad.

How to apply for this course

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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. For more details see our online prospectus.

Year 1:

  • Organic Chemistry: functional groups and their reactivity, reaction mechanisms.
  • Inorganic Chemistry: structure and bonding of main group and transition metal compounds.
  • Physical Chemistry: electronic structure of molecules, kinetics, thermodynamics.
  • Laboratory Chemistry: developing your key skills in analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and synthetic chemistry.
  • Mathematics: all students study a maths course (suitable to their background) covering the core mathematics needed for the remainder of the chemistry degree.

Students also have the choice of modules from across the University, subject to available timetabling. Common choices include:

  • Physical Principles for Chemistry. (If you don't have A-Level Physics (or equivalent) this module is non-optional.)
  • An Introduction to Biology for Physical Scientists.
  • Chemistry in the World Around Us.

Year 2:

  • Organic Chemistry: stereochemistry, designing syntheses of complex target molecules.
  • Inorganic Chemistry: solid state materials, environmental chemistry.
  • Physical Chemistry: electrochemistry, elementary quantum mechanics.
  • Chemistry Laboratory: students gain experience in modern methods of separation, characterisation and analytical techniques, and advanced synthetic techniques such as Schlenk techniques for manipulating air and moisture sensitive compounds.

Year 3:

Studying chemistry in a different educational environment is a broadening and stimulating experience. Students are placed in prestigious, research active Chemistry Departments in Australasia or North America and take undergraduate programmes in these establishments.

Year 4:
On your return to Sheffield you will do a major research project, working in an academic research lab on a project at the cutting edge of science. Students are trained in research methods appropriate to their field and take advantage of the state-of-the-art research facilities at Sheffield.

Lectures in Year 4 allow students to explore a broad range of topics at the cutting edge of chemistry research. There is also opportunity to choose some Year 3 topics which students may not have experienced during their year away from Sheffield. Students currently select 6 courses per semester, allowing them to develop their own interests and specialities. Current options include:

  • Frontier Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Stereoselective Synthesis
  • Mechanism and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Advanced Spectroscopy and Theory
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • New Materials
  • Chemistry of Radical Polymerisation
  • Polymer Architectures
  • Graph Theory for Chemists
  • Physical Chemistry of Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Fundamentals of Polymer Science.
  • Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Metals in Organic Synthesis
  • Chemistry in Space
  • Photochemistry and Molecular Photonics
  • Biomimetic Nanoparticle Synthesis
  • Chemistry of High-Energy Materials
  • Enzyme Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry

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.