Securing a place to complete a chemistry PhD at a top institution, or joining a research and development lab in industry, is a competitive process. This masters course is designed to help you stand out, 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.
You'll spend two-thirds of your time working on your own research project as part of a team of professional scientists. Industrial researchers and PhD supervisors really value the experience students get from an extended masters project. There are also more than 20 different optional lecture topics for you to choose from across organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. This means you can tailor your degree programme to your own research interests, and gain lots of additional expertise and practical experience for the next stage of your research career – particularly if you're applying for a PhD.
If you're looking for a masters course with more lectures to prepare you for a career outside research, visit our taught masters webpage: MSc Chemistry
If you would like to know anything else about this course, contact our postgraduate admissions office:
You can also visit us throughout the year:
|About the course||
For most of this one-year course, you will be working full-time as a chemistry researcher. You will get to choose a topic that you're interested in, be assigned an academic supervisor who specialises in your area and work in their laboratory as part of a team of scientists.
Example project titles include:
To help complete your project, you will be taught advanced lab techniques and be trained to use state-of-the-art chemistry equipment. You will be an active, contributing member of your supervisor's research group, which makes this course great preparation for a PhD. Some students' projects even lead to publications in academic journals.
There are also two short lecture modules to help you continue to develop your chemistry expertise. Each one allows you to pick the topics that most interest you from a range of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry subjects. Current examples range from metals in medicine and enzyme catalysis, to graph theory and quantum chemistry, to polymer architectures and nanochemistry.
|After your degree||
This course is designed to prepare you for a career in research, whether you plan to do a PhD or join a research and development laboratory in industry. Employers really value the experience students get from completing an extended project on an MSc(Res) degree.
Students often intend to remain working in the area they focussed on during their masters degree. That's why many of them decide to stay in our department to do their PhD, so that they can continue the research they started on their masters course with the same team of scientists.
Find out more about PhD opportunities and funding in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield: PhD opportunities
Below are some examples of the kinds of roles and organisations our students end up in.
The University of Sheffield's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. The Careers Service will even continue to support you for three years after you graduate.
For this course, we usually ask for an upper second class (2:1) BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in chemistry or a 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.
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.
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:
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.
The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.
|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.
Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students:
The modules listed below are examples from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
Compulsory modules – students take all three:
|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 two from each semester to be assessed on by coursework. The coursework elements are designed to deepen your understanding of a given topic beyond the material provided in the lectures, and to improve a range of transferable skills such as finding information, communication of science and critical thinking.
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2 (30 credits)||
This lecture module also 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 offered, and you choose two from each semester to be assessed on by coursework. The coursework elements are designed to deepen your understanding of a given topic beyond the material provided in the lectures, and to improve a range of transferable skills such as finding information, communication of science and critical thinking.
|MSc(Res) Chemistry Research Project (120 credits)||
Module leader: 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.
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. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.