Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F110
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Chemistry

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Department of Chemistry
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 9500

Department of Chemistry

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

Course description

With our Study Abroad degree you'll study in another country during your third year. The course combines the core training of our standard MChem degree with the opportunity to explore a different culture and way of working. Studying abroad will enhance your life experience and develop your independence, and it gives you the chance to build an international network of friends.

Students usually study at one of our partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or the United States. Among our current partner universities, those in the USA include: University of Texas at Austin and University at Buffalo (SUNY); in Canada partner universities include: McGill University and University of Alberta; in Australia partner universities include: University of Sydney and Monash University; and in New Zealand: University of Auckland and University of Canterbury.

During the year abroad, you'll study similar topics to those you would have covered in Sheffield. In most cases, you'll carry out a small research project. Orientation sessions in your second year will prepare you for studying abroad and help you choose which universities you'd like to apply to.

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 chemistry 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.

In the second year, all of your time is devoted to chemistry. You'll do more practical work as the course progresses. This builds up to a final-year project (when you return to Sheffield) where you'll work in a professional research lab on a project at the cutting edge of science.

In the fourth year, lectures cover a broad range of topics at the forefront of chemistry research, and range 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

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
  • A Level in General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • 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

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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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.

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 spent my third year studying in Canada, and I've never worked so hard! Despite that, it was probably the best year of my life so far, and I was in Montreal, which is a fab city! The high workload set me up for my final year at Sheffield. It was invaluable for the fourth year research project - possibly my favourite part of studying in Sheffield.”"

Maya Singer Hobbs

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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