2020 start


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

With our flexible masters course, you can focus on the topics you enjoy and develop the practical skills you need for your chosen career. Choose from over 20 optional lecture topics in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
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Course description

On our MSc you'll have the freedom to choose from 20 different optional lecture topics across organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Current topics range from metals in medicine and enzyme catalysis, to graph theory and quantum chemistry, to polymer architectures and nanochemistry.

In the lab, our researchers will teach you advanced research skills, and you’ll spend around one-third of your time working on your own research project. You’ll choose the topic and you’ll be based in one of our world-class research groups, developing skills and expertise that can help you stand out in the graduate job market.

You'll take part in a research training programme that teaches you how to interpret and evaluate scientific literature, and communicate scientific topics in presentations and posters. You will also complete two practical projects – one on computational chemistry and one on synthetic chemistry.

Your career

Graduates from this course go on to work in the chemical industry or in other scientific roles. Some of the biggest employers of our students are pharmaceutical companies, where chemists develop new medicines, and consumer goods companies, where they make many of the products you see on supermarket shelves. You can also go behind the scenes, creating the chemicals and materials that make industrial-scale manufacturing possible.

This course is also great preparation for a PhD in chemistry.

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We have state-of-the-art research laboratories and we're home to several multimillion pound research facilities. These facilities include the Lord Porter Laser Laboratory, which has three laser stations that can be used in studies ranging from energy transport in molecules and materials to artificial photosynthesis, and our Soft Matter Analytical Laboratory, where scientists can study samples that are 100 times smaller than a human hair.


Explore core modules


  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Individual research projects


  • Examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) and viva


1 year full-time

Bryony Parker

I'm not only more experienced in scientific writing, but I'm able to apply non-technical skills that I've gained from my degree such as problem solving to my graduate role. Having done a research project at Sheffield, I understand the academia-industry relationship which has been a great support in my new job.

Bryony Parker
MSc Chemistry

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 9500

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.