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Teaching

I love teaching. Our students are amazing and it is great to see them develop from tentative first years into confident chemistry graduates and talented postgraduates.

DR JENNY BURNHAM

Senior University Teacher

Sheffield chemistry students learn in lots of different ways. In lectures, top scientists will introduce you to key concepts and the latest research findings, and in small group tutorials, you'll work through scientific problems and increase your analytical abilities with supportive academic staff. You'll also learn by doing, with a big chunk of your week devoted to practical sessions, and advanced research projects to challenge you once you've mastered the essentials.

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry or the Institute of Physics, which shows that our students graduate with all the skills they need for a career in science. At the same time, we use the latest innovations in teaching and digital tools to find new ways of giving you the knowledge and skills you need.

Excellence in teaching

All of our staff are committed to great teaching. Several have received awards from the University of Sheffield, or have earned professional recognition for the innovative and engaging ways they have helped students learn chemistry.

University of Sheffield Senate Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

  • Dr Jennifer Burnham
  • Dr Julie Hyde
  • Professor Simon Jones
  • Professor Mark Winter

Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

  • Dr Jennifer Burnham
  • Dr Julie Hyde

Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

  • Dr Tom Anderson
  • Dr Barbara Ciani
  • Dr Marco Conte
  • Dr Grant Hill
  • Dr Natalia Martsinovich
  • Dr Peter Portius
  • Dr Sebastian Spain
  • Dr Jamie Wright

Laboratory work

In our state-of-the-art labs you'll put your scientific knowledge into practice. Our dedicated teaching staff will take you from fundamental lab skills to conducting your own research experiments, and recording and analysing data from chemical samples you've prepared.

Facilities

Research projects

You'll start developing research skills from the start of your degree, working towards a major group research project in your third year. Working in a team of scientists, you'll go from a concept, through all the practical and analytical stages, to produce a written report of your findings.

You'll do much more of this in your fourth year if, like most students, you choose a MChem course. Then you'll work even more closely with experienced postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience
Each year undergraduates can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience scheme. This gives you a bursary to spend around 10 weeks working with one of our department's research groups over the summer break. You'll be able to get first-hand experience of major research projects and can even lead to your name appearing in an academic journal.

Student story: Hannah Fowler

Lectures

Lectures are the bread and butter of a university education. Build your own academic community alongside your coursemates as together you learn the basics and explore new discoveries with our experts in organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry.

Tutorials

Small group tutorial sessions build on the chemistry you'll learn in lectures. You can work through problems and increase your analytical abilities, with our academic staff who’ll guide you to become an independent scientist who thinks critically and creatively.

Course essentials

All new undergraduate students are given learning and laboratory resource packs, and access to lots of online resources, to help you with your studies.

Learning resource pack

  • The latest versions of our required core text books used across all years of your study
  • An electronic version of 'The Laboratory Assistant' to help you during laboratory sessions
  • An electronic copy of our departmental data booklet
  • A memory stick for your laboratory data
  • Tutorial workbooks

Laboratory resource pack

  • Laboratory coat
  • Safety glasses
  • Glass marker and spatula
  • Safety gloves
  • Comprehensive laboratory manuals
  • Laboratory notebook

Teaching Pack

Online resources

Alongside lecture notes and handouts, students get access to a range of online resources to help them study independently. This includes access to specialist chemistry software, such as ChemDraw and CrystalMaker, which you can use to draw out and animate complex chemical structures.