Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C720
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Chemistry Biological Chemistry

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Department of Chemistry
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Department of Chemistry

91% of graduates in employment or further study
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016

Course description

Our Chemistry with Biological and Medicinal Chemistry degree is a specialist course. It's designed to give you the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. Employers in these areas need chemists who can work with complex genome datasets and tackle challenges such as antibiotic resistance.

You'll study core chemistry topics, as well as areas of biology and medicine that are at the heart of cutting-edge scientific research and potential medical treatments. As the degree progresses, you'll investigate concepts such as computer-aided drug discovery and how medicines progress to market.

In year one, alongside chemistry lectures and labs, you get lectures in biochemistry and physiology with pharmacology. You'll also take maths classes so that you have the core maths skills needed for this degree. If you have A Level Maths but not A Level Physics (or equivalent), you'll take both our Physical Principles in Chemistry and Mathematics for Chemists modules.

The course will give you lots of practical experience, building up to your extended final-year project, where you'll work in a professional research lab on a project at the cutting edge of science. We'll give you a laboratory resource pack - which includes a lab coat, safety glasses and safety gloves - so that you can do practical work right from the start of your degree. In your third year you'll carry out a month-long group research project in chemical biology. By then, you'll be able to handle sensitive chemicals and conduct experiments over multiple days.

Lectures in the fourth year cover a broad range of topics at the forefront of chemistry research, and range from enzyme catalysis and chemistry in space to nanochemistry. You can customise your course to suit your interests and career goals - there are around 18 topics to choose from. You will also take our Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery module, which will teach you about high throughput screening for drug discovery. You'll learn how the biotech, academic and pharmaceutical industries use these techniques to identify new candidates for potential therapies.

Modules: what you study and when


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Chemistry
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Chemistry + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry
BTEC DDD in Science including specific Chemistry units
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B in Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA including Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • A Level General Studies and Critical thinking not accepted
  • BTEC required units include Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemical Reactions, Practical Chemical Analysis
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Chemistry website

First year

Core modules:

Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
Fundamentals of Chemistry 2
Physiology with Pharmacology
Further Laboratory Chemistry
General Laboratory Chemistry

Optional modules:

Mathematics (Chemical)
Mathematics for Chemists
Mathematics for Chemistry 1
Mathematics for Chemistry 2
Mathematics for Chemists
Physical Principles in Chemistry

Second year

Core modules:

Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Computer-Aided Drug Design
Molecules to Market

Third year

Core modules:

Biological Chemistry Projects
Further Inorganic Chemistry
Further Organic Chemistry
Further Physical Chemistry

Fourth year

Core modules:

Chemistry Research Project
Advanced Topics in Biological Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry Data Handling
Advanced Research Topics

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 29%
Independent study 50%
Placement 22%

Exams/tests 60%
Coursework 27%
Practical 14%

Department of Chemistry

Dainton Building

Chemistry at Sheffield can change the way you see the world. Two of our graduates and two former professors are Nobel prizewinners: Lord Porter (1967), Sir Richard Roberts (1993), Sir Harry Kroto (1996) and Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart (2016).

Today we're working on everything from catalytic clothing that purifies the air to sustainable energy and food production. All of that research feeds directly into our teaching.

Choose Sheffield and you'll be learning in a world-leading chemistry department. From the start of your degree, you'll have at least a day a week of hands-on work in a laboratory. As well as lots of practical experience, we provide weekly small group tutorials with world-class, award-winning staff - two academics here have written the textbooks you'll be learning from.

All of our courses are recognised or accredited by professional societies, ensuring consistency and quality throughout.

Department of Chemistry website

What our graduates do

Our graduates work all over the world in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical, material and bioscience industries. They work for top employers like GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and BP.

Our graduates also choose careers in fields as diverse as teaching, financial services, IT and management. The problem-solving, analytical and numeracy skills you'll develop on your degree will be in high demand across a variety of sectors.

According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016, 91% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

We have projects and career days to help you develop your employability skills. For example, in the third year you'll take part in the Skills for Success project. This project will help you develop skills you'll need on your path through life and will prepare you for the challenges of further study and professional life.

There are regular guest lectures and seminars from industry professionals, which will give you an insight into future career paths.

Student profile

Get a feel for what it's like to study chemistry at Sheffield. Our staff are enthusiastic about teaching and will provide the support you need to thrive. We have specialist teaching labs, which include a dedicated NMR spectrometer for undergraduates.

You'll have the chance to go on a six-week summer placement in one of our state-of-the-art research laboratories through our chemistry scholarship. To qualify for the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Scholarship you need AAA or above at A Level (or equivalent) and maintain an average grade of 60% or higher.

You can apply to carry out a research project in one of our academic labs over a summer break. This funded opportunity is through the University's Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme.

You can study your course with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you'll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

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