Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F106
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects 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

On this four-year course, you'll experience the demands and satisfactions of being an industrial chemist.

In the first and second years, you'll get the same solid foundation in chemistry as you would with any of our degrees. You'll also attend talks by visiting industrialists.

Your third year involves an industrial placement with a salary of around £15,000. Your fees to the University are reduced for that year.

You return to Sheffield for the final year to complete more advanced work with a strong element of research-based lab experience, as well as a research project.

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
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are 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 6.0 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
Employability and workplace preparation and practices
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:

Final Report on the Year in Industry
Performance on Industrial Placement
Self-Study Assignments
Oral Presentation

Fourth year

Core modules:

Chemistry Research Project
Topics in Advanced Chemistry 3
Topics in Advanced Chemistry 4

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 21%
Independent study 54%
Placement 25%

Exams/tests 50%
Coursework 37%
Practical 13%

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

"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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