Students come from all over the world to join the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemistry. Three Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied in the department, which is now home to more than 500 undergraduate students on a range of courses. Degree programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry to make sure they cover the topics that every professional chemist needs to know, and in the last Research Excellence Framework, 98% of the department's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
About the course
The University of Sheffield and Nanjing Tech University's four-year BSc Chemistry degree covers three main areas: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. At the start of their degree, students are based in Nanjing, where more than a third of teaching is given by visiting University of Sheffield staff. Students spend their final year studying in Sheffield.
In the first year, students build on the basic principles of atoms, molecules and the periodic table, and learn different analysis techniques in the lab. They go on to study topics such as stereochemistry, group theory and spectroscopy, and learn how to prepare chemicals, analyse complex data and handle sensitive materials.
In their final year, students learn about more advanced areas of chemistry, and complete their own research project in the lab, under the supervision of world-class researchers and supportive teaching staff.
The chemistry of a great collaboration:
"The chemistry department in Sheffield thinks highly of the joint programme and tries its best to help us study chemistry. The staff are approachable and patiently answer any question you have. The lab has great facilities and we have obtained many useful skills.
"For international students, the department pay extra attention to the language barrier since it has a significant influence on understanding the learning materials. Also, I appreciate the effort the department made to involve us in the life here and overcome the culture difference."
"The wide range of practicals in this course helped my understanding of the material a lot. The lecturers are kind and they have a good knowledge of their subject. As a consequence the lectures are never boring.
"The accommodation is great. I lived with 20 British first-year students. We often hang out together. I got to know British behaviours as a consequence. Living a long way from home is not easy. The first skill I learned is cooking, since home cooking is cheaper than eating-out. I adapted quite quickly in to the environment, so I have not felt isolated."