Chemistry with Study in Industry


UCAS Code: F106
Typical offer:
Four years

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About the course

It's great being able to do research and it actually be used in a product someone wants to buy. It’s an amazing feeling when you take the theory behind all the quantum mechanical equations we learn, and get to use them in real life.

Shannon North, MChem Chemistry with Study in Industry

On the Chemistry with Study in Industry degree, you'll spend your third year working at a leading organisation in the chemical industry. During your first year, you'll attend lectures that teach you the skills you'll need to plan your year in industry. There are also CV writing and interview workshops, and you'll get advice from experts working in the chemical industry. In second year, you'll work with your personal tutor and course director to make the arrangements for a placement in your third year.

During your placement, you will have academic and industrial supervisors to support you, distance learning materials to work through, and a visit from a member of staff to make sure you are settling in. At the end, you will be assessed by your supervisor in industry and produce a final report.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which means that we cover all of the topics and training that you need to graduate into a professional chemistry career. Your placement will give you even more hands-on experience to put on your CV. You'll cover some topics by distance learning during your year in industry, and in fourth year there is support to help you catch-up on the teaching you missed. 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 time you've completed your year in industry, 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

Industry 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 of advanced 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.