This MSc course is ideal for students who wish to improve their chemistry skills across a number of areas. It will introduce you to postgraduate level chemistry theories, and give you the chance to do a major research project in the area that interests you most.
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|About the course||
This 12 month course is divided into three semesters. The first two semesters focus on lectures and lab skills. We have wide choice of lecture modules, so you can focus on the areas of chemistry that interest you most, and you will complete short projects so that you can practice research techniques, data analysis and writing up results. You will also get advanced training in how to find scientific information, plan a project and communicate.
The rest of your degree is centred around your extended research project. Working in one of our state-of-the-art labs with expert researchers, you will manage your own project, and develop important skills such as time management, complex data analysis, and oral and written communication. At the end, you will produce a thesis and give a presentation to the department, before graduating with a great example of lab work for your CV.
|After your degree||
This course is designed to train you for a wide range of careers in chemistry and related fields, and give you the skills that employers are looking for. 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.
Our students have an excellent record of students finding great jobs soon after graduation. Our former masters students now work in companies including AstroZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, and Shell. Others graduates go on to start a PhD, as this course is a great start towards a professional research career.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
|CHM6021: Topics in Advanced Chemistry 1 (40 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 four from each semester to be assessed on.
|CHM6022: Topics in Advanced Chemistry 2 (40 credits)||
Like CHM6021, 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 4 from each semester to be assessed on.
|CHM6402: Research and Presentation Skills (15 credits)||
This module aims to introduce you to a range of transferable skills important for successful communication in science, research and in other professional areas. You will develop a wider understanding of the context in which research takes place through critical reading and evaluation of a wide range of literature. You will be required to read and assimilate, and will produce a critical report of the literature in a specific research area. In addition, the course will develop your oral and poster presentation skills.
|CHM6403: Chemistry Projects (25 credits)||
To prepare your practical skill for doing your own research project, you will take part in two mini-projects, undertaken in small groups. To ensure you have a wide skill set, one of these will be in the field of computational chemistry, and the other in synthetic chemistry. The projects also give you the opportunity to improve your scientific writing skills.
|CHM6404: Chemistry Research Project (60 credits)||
All the skills and knowledge you have developed in the programme will be brought into use when you undertake this extended research project in your preferred area of chemistry under the guidance of a member of academic 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 dissertation and an oral presentation based on your findings towards the end of the summer over which the project is undertaken. 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.