MSc
2021 start

Chemistry

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.

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Facilities

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.

Modules

Core modules:

Advanced Chemistry Topics 1

This 60 credit module is a research level Masters project. By successfully completing this module, the student will have demonstrated an ability to work in a research group on a project of interest at the forefront of scientific developments in an area of nanoscale science or technology. An important learning outcome is that the student will be cognisant with scientific research and should have the ability to understand what is expected of students undertaking doctoral research. The student should recognise why the project area is important in the broader field of nanotechnology, should have good understanding of how the relevant techniques work and of the science involved.

40 credits
Advanced Chemistry Topics 2

This 60 credit module is a research level Masters project. By successfully completing this module, the student will have demonstrated an ability to work in a research group on a project of interest at the forefront of scientific developments in an area of nanoscale science or technology. An important learning outcome is that the student will be cognisant with scientific research and should have the ability to understand what is expected of students undertaking doctoral research. The student should recognise why the project area is important in the broader field of nanotechnology, should have good understanding of how the relevant techniques work and of the science involved.

40 credits
Research and Presentation Skills

This unit aims to introduce students to a range of transferable skills important for successful communication in science, research and in other professional areas. The students will develop a wider understanding of the context in which research takes place through critical reading and evaluation of a wide range of literature. The students 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 oral and poster presentation skills.

15 credits
Chemistry Projects

This module is composed of open ended project work. The two projects build on experimental skills gained at undergraduate level, and is part of the final development of laboratory work in preparation for the research project. The teaching takes the form of longer project style practical sessions where students work as part of a group, and will design, execute, analyse and present work on a topic guided by an experimental manager.

25 credits
Chemistry Research Project

This module is the major research project associated with the Masters programmes in Chemistry. Students are trained in research methodology, and undertake a project in the research laboratory of a member of academic staff. Projects use state-of-the-art research facilities. Students undertake a throrough literature search, give a research talk, receive a viva, and present a thesis.

60 credits

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 are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Individual research projects

Assessment

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

Duration

1 year full-time

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.

Student profiles

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.

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

International pathway programmes

If you're an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

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

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Contact

chem-pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 9500

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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