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    MSc
    2022 start September 

    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

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    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.

    Duration

    1 year full-time

    Teaching

    • Lectures
    • Workshops
    • Laboratory practicals
    • Individual research projects

    Assessment

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

    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.

    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.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    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.

    Our student protection plan

    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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