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MSc Chemistry

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.


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

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 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, and Shell. Others graduates go on to start a PhD, as this course is a great start towards a professional research career.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

CHM6402: Research and Presentation Skills (15 credits)

Dr Lance Twyman

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)

Computational Chemistry: Dr Anthony Meijer
Synthetic Chemistry: Dr Colin Crook

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)

Dr Colin Crook

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.