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Chemistry is a practical subject, so we make sure that you have all the space and equipment you need to develop the skills of a professional scientist. Our main home, the Dainton Building, and the Richard Roberts Building next door, have plenty of lecture and small group teaching spaces, as well as the labs where you'll train from the start of your degree and the world-class research facilities you can access later.

We're also just across the road from the award-winning library facilities at the Information Commons and The Diamond, and the UK's number one students' union, and a short walk from the city centre.

Teaching laboratories

We have three large teaching labs where you'll spend a lot of time during your degree: one for organic chemistry, one for inorganic chemistry and one for physical chemistry. Each lab is equipped with specialist analytical equipment, including nuclear magnetic resonance (pictured), infrared and ultraviolet spectrometry, and gas- and size-exclusion chromatography.

Undergraduate NMR

Lecture and tutorial spaces

Most of your lectures will take place in lecture theatres here in the department or close by on campus. All of our lectures are recorded so that you can return to them later. You'll also have small group teaching sessions in our seminar rooms and staff offices, so you can look at problems more closely, and there are meeting rooms you can book to work on group projects with other students.


Research facilities

Our recently refurbished advanced lab is dedicated to the group research project you'll complete in your third year, with large fume cupboards and workbenches to make collaborations easy.

If you do a MChem degree, in your fourth year you'll be based in one of the specialist laboratories where our academic staff work on their research. These include our new advanced laser spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering labs, pictured below.

Fume cupboard

Independent study spaces

Bookable computers are available in the department. There are also 1,600 computers available through the University's library services, including at The Diamond and the Information Commons which are open to all students 24/7. The University of Sheffield's state-of-the-art library services were voted joint first in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

Facilities - The Diamond

Facilities - UPLC

Facilities - screens

Laser lab 2


Virtual tour: Take a look around our synthetic chemistry teaching laboratory, including the NMR facility our students use.