Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F105
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Chemistry

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Department of Chemistry
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Department of Chemistry

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Course description

The MChem offers more advanced work than the BSc and a strong element of research-based lab work. It provides a solid foundation in all major areas of chemistry, bringing you up to speed with the latest developments. The material covered here forms the basis of all of our courses.

In the first year, chemistry is your main subject: five lectures, six hours of laboratory instruction, and two hours of computer-aided learning per week, plus problem solving, tutorials and maths classes. You can also choose first-year modules in other departments. After the first year, all of your time is devoted to chemistry.

Your final year involves advanced lecture courses, together with a laboratory research project where you will tackleing problems at the cutting edge of chemistry.

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 and either Physics, Biology/Human Biology or Mathematics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Chemistry and either Physics, Biology/Human Biology or Mathematics + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics, Biology or Mathematics
BTEC DDD in Science including specific Chemistry units (Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemical Reactions, Practical Chemical Analysis) and either Physics, Biology or Mathematics units
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and either Physics, Biology or Mathematics
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB to include either Physics, Biology or Mathematics + B in Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including Chemistry and either Physics, Biology or Mathematics
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • 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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 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
Further Laboratory Chemistry
General Laboratory Chemistry

Optional modules:

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

Second year

Core modules:

Chemistry Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry

Third year

Core modules:

Chemistry Projects
Further Inorganic Chemistry
Further Organic Chemistry
Further Physical Chemistry

Fourth year

Core modules:

Chemistry Research Project
Topics in Advanced Chemistry 1
Topics in Advanced Chemistry 2

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 72%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 64%
Coursework 23%
Practical 14%

Department of Chemistry

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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 and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Your problem-solving, analytical and numeracy skills will be valuable not just in the chemistry sector but in fields as diverse as teaching, financial services, IT and management.

Student profile

"The staff are all really brilliant. There are a lot of contact hours for tutorials or you can just go and see someone and ask them a question."

Katie Thomas

Industrial scholarships are available. They range in value from £900 to £6,000. Some are restricted to Study in Industry students. Awards are made during the first year. If you perform well in your first semester exams, you're eligible to apply. To keep your scholarship for the rest of your course, you must continue to perform well each year.

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