Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F106
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
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

Our MChem Study in Industry course is a research-intensive chemistry degree. It combines the core training of our standard MChem with the experience of working in a chemical company during your third year.

During your 12-month placement in the third year, you'll work full-time, doing research in an industrial setting. Our students find placements in organisations from across the chemical sector, including multinational companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever, as well as SMEs.

When you return to Sheffield in the fourth year, you'll apply your knowledge and research skills to an extended project in one of our cutting-edge academic labs.

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 year one, there are lectures, lab classes, and maths classes. For the maths classes, we take into consideration your highest maths qualification to ensure teaching is at the right level for you.

The first year gives you the flexibility to study modules from subjects across the University. Popular choices include: Physical Principles for Chemistry (compulsory for students who don't have an A Level in physics), Chemistry in the World Around Us, and The Origin Of the Solar System.

We run lectures that teach you the skills you'll need to plan your year in industry. There are also CV writing and interview workshops, and you'll get advice from experts working in the chemical industry.

After the first year, all of your time is devoted to chemistry. You'll do more practical work as the course progresses. By your third year you'll be well prepared for the industrial placement. During your year in industry, you'll study selected topics from year three of the MChem course by distance learning. This will ensure you're ready for the advanced lectures in year four.

In the fourth year, lectures cover a broad range of topics at the forefront of chemistry research, ranging from catalysis and chemistry in space to polymer chemistry. You can customise your course to suit your interests and career goals - there are around 24 topics to choose from.

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 A in Chemistry
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including A in 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 D3 Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A 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
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

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.

"I've learnt so much from my study in industry, about working in a team with scientists as well as non-academics, and how research fits into developing businesses. My project this year is based in a company that produce inkjet dispersions, and it's been the most rewarding year I've had yet!"

Shannon North

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.

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