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
Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
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.
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
Student story: Hannah Fowler
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.
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.
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
Laboratory resource pack
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.