MSc Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Learning from our world-leading experts prepares you for a key role in the future of this rapidly developing field.

A masters from Sheffield is highly valued in the global chemical and pharmaceutical sector.

Nobel prizewinner Sir Harry Kroto graduated with a PhD from our department. He discovered a new form of carbon.

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This 12-month course is ideal if you want to develop skills in a range of areas. It includes project work and an introduction to research-level theory. You’ll take taught classes for the first two semesters. In the third semester, you’ll work on an extended research project of your own.

Employers value this kind of experience. By the time you graduate, you’ll have proved you can work within a research group, organise your own research, complete a project and communicate your findings.

Chemistry postgraduate Eduardo Hernandez

Core modules

You’ll carry out two smaller laboratory projects prior to starting your main research project, to develop practical and scientific communication skill. You also undertake a Research and Presentation Skills module to further develop the higher level skills needed for research.

Examples of optional modules

Lectured modules consist of a wide range of segments, spanning the breadth of chemistry, from which you can choose, to tailor your MSc to your strengths and interests.

Teaching and assessment

We use a mixture of lectures, laboratory practicals, workshops and individual research projects. You may tailor the area of your research project to your particular interests. Assessment of taught modules is through examination, laboratory reports and coursework.

Assessment of the project is through a 15,000-word dissertation, oral presentation and viva, as well as assessed performance during the project.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Chemistry tutor

Professor Steve Armes FRS

Research interests:
Polymer and colloid chemistry.

Teaches on:
Fundamental Polymer Chemistry module.

'Smart', stimulus-responsive bio- compatible polymers for medical and bio-science applications, including targeted drug release and biochemically responsive hydrogels.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Postgraduate admissions office
T: +44 (0)114 222 9521

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