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MSc(Res) Chemistry

This MSc(Res) programme is specifically designed to give students an enhanced experience of academic research. The key feature of this course is the extended research project which extends for a full calendar year, whilst still maintaining a taught component designed to deepen your chemical knowledge and understanding in the subject areas you wish to specialise in. The course is especially suited to BSc students who wish to progress to PhD study, or research in industry.


To apply for this course, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

You can find more information about the application process on the University's postgraduate webpages.

How to apply: applying essentials


If you would like to know anything else about this course, contact our postgraduate admissions office:

You can also visit us throughout the year:
Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

Pathway programme for international students

Don't meet our entry requirements?
Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

About the course

The main focus of this course is the 12-month research project. You will be given the opportunity to select the areas of chemistry in which you wish to specialise, and so be allocated a project where you can develop the skills to help your future career in research. You will work in one of our state-of-the art labs with expert researchers, manage your own project, and develop important skills such as time management, complex data analysis, and oral and written communication. The extended period of the project means you will have much more opportunity to become immersed in your research area, and to produce a scientifically significant body of research. You will learn how to produce a quality literature review, based on your research area, and how to effectively communicate your research to others by giving oral and poster presentations to the department and by producing a thesis.

Whilst you are doing your project, you will also attend lectures which are designed to focus on the latest developments in chemistry. You select which lecture segments to attend from a wide range of topics spanning the breadth of the subject, allowing you to specialise in an area, or keep your learning broad, to suit your own preferences.

After your degree

This course would be attractive to employers from a wide range of careers in chemistry and related fields, but is designed to be a particularly good training for careers in chemistry research, whether it be PhD study or research in industry. You will graduate with the ability to demonstrate your ability to work within a research group, organise your own research, see a project through to completion and communicate your findings. With the extra length of the research project, it is expected that you will be able to greatly contribute to your research group, very likely leading to scientific publication.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For this course, we usually ask for a 2:1 BSc honours degree in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject. We can also accept qualifications from other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students.

Prospective international students: Your country

International pathway programmes

If you are an international student who does not meet our entry requirements, the University of Sheffield International College offers a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme. This programme is designed to develop your academic level in your chosen subject, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree at the University of Sheffield.

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall grade of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

You can find out whether you need to have an english language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.

English language requirements

The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Fees and funding

Up-to-date fees and funding opportunities can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students. These may include scholarships for home and international students and a 10% discount for University of Sheffield graduates.

Tuition fees

Funding your postgraduate course

Current modules

The modules listed below are examples from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

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.

CHM6031: Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1 (30 credits)

This lecture module is designed to give you a choice between a wide variety of topics within chemistry. These lecture segments will push your understanding from fundamental to advanced level, bringing you up to date with the latest developments in the field. The following are examples of the topics offered, and you choose three from each semester to be assessed on.

Semester one

Supramolecular Chemistry 1: 
Professor Lee Brammer

Metals in Medicine: 
Professor Jim Thomas

Stereoselective Synthesis: 
Professor Joe Harrity

Mechanism and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry:
Professor Nick Williams

Quantum Chemistry:
Dr Grant Hill

Advanced Spectroscopy and Theory:
Dr Michael Hippler

Semester two

Homogeneous Catalysis:
Dr Anthony Haynes

New Materials:
Dr Ahmed Iraqi

Advanced Polymer Chemistry:
Dr Seb Spain

Polymer Architectures:
Dr Lance Twyman

Graph Theory for Chemists:
Professor Patrick Fowler

Physical Chemistry of Heterogeneous Catalysis:
Dr Marco Conte

CHM6032: Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2 (30 credits)

Like CHM6031, this lecture module aims to offer you a wide choice of topics from across the breadth of chemistry, developing your understanding of chemistry beyond BSc level. The following are examples of the topics typically offered, and you choose three from each semester to be assessed on.

Semester one

Supramolecular Chemistry 2:
Professor Jim Thomas

Heterogeneous Catalysis:
Dr Mike Morris

Medicinal Chemistry:
Professor Beining Chen

Metals in Organic Synthesis:
Professor Richard Jackson

Chemistry in Space:
Dr Anthony Meijer

Photochemistry and Molecular Photonics:
Professor Julia Weinstein

Semester two

Biomimetic Nanoparticle Synthesis:
Dr Sarah Staniland

Chemistry of High-Energy Materials:
Dr Peter Portius

Enzyme Catalysis:
Dr Jim Reid

Organic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements:
Professor Iain Coldham

Biophysical Chemistry:
Dr Barbara Ciani

Professor Graham Leggett

CHM6405: MSc(Res) Chemistry Research Project (120 credits)

Dr Colin Crook

The 12-month extended research project will give you the opportunity to fully develop the skills needed to succeed in chemistry research. You will develop skills and knowledge in your preferred area of chemistry under the guidance of an academic member of staff. You will join one of our research groups within the department to produce real cutting edge progress in the field. You will produce a thesis, a literature review of your research area, and will present oral and poster presentations based on your findings to the department. Most of the academic staff in the department are able to host projects. For information about individual research areas please look at our research pages.