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Masters courses

We run three masters courses for graduates to develop their lab skills and deepen their understanding of chemical principles. You'll learn new techniques in state-of-the-art labs, attend advanced lectures and undertake a research project under the supervision of our world-class scientists. With our students, we're working on major scientific challenges such as antimicrobial resistance and environmental sustainability, and developing new technological solutions for industry and healthcare.

These courses are designed to give you the skills, expertise and experience for your chosen career. Graduates go into technical, scientific and research roles in a range of industries – chemical, petrochemical, biopharmaceutical, plastics – or they use their specialist knowledge in areas such as consultancy and publishing. Our courses are also great preparation for a PhD.

Our staff includes several Fellows of the Royal Society, and there are four Nobel Prize winners who have worked or studied in our department. Many of our staff have become fellows of the Higher Education Academy through a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for university teachers in the UK.

MSc Chemistry

Graduates from this course go on to work in the chemical industry or in other scientific roles. It's designed to be flexible: there are more than 20 different lecture topics for you to choose from, and you'll complete your own major research project.

MSc Polymers for Advanced Technologies

This specialist course in polymer science is our most applied masters course. You'll learn how polymers are made and behave, how important products like polystyrene are constructed and how to use cutting-edge techniques to create new advanced materials.

MSc(Res) Chemistry

This masters course is designed to help you stand out when you apply for a PhD, by giving you a significant amount of independent research experience at postgraduate level, with access to state-of-the-art facilities in a Russell Group university.

Funding and scholarships

Funding is available, depending on your fee status, where you live and the course you plan to study. You could also qualify for a repayable postgraduate masters loan to help fund your studies. And don't forget, University of Sheffield graduates get a 10% tuition fee discount.

Postgraduate taught course funding

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