Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F335
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Chemical Physics Physics 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

Covering the area of overlap between chemistry and physics, this course is concerned with the structure and properties of atoms, molecules and soft matter. It appeals to anyone interested in exploring the physical and mathematical aspects of modern chemistry.

Your final year involves advanced lecture courses, together with a laboratory research project tackling problems at the interface of modern chemistry and physics.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees


Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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 from Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB from Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics+B
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AA Must include Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels Not accepted
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
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 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

Department of Physics and Astronomy website

First year

Core modules:

Mathematics for Physicists and Astronomers
Electromagnetism, Thermal and Quantum Physics
Fundamental Physics for Chemical Physicists
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
Fundamentals of Chemistry 2
Laboratory Chemistry

Second year

Core modules:

From Electromagnetism to Quantum Physics
From Thermodynamics to Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry Laboratory
Experimental Physics I
Programming in Python

Third year

Core modules:

Further Physical Chemistry
Further Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Projects
Atomic and Laser Physics
Particle Physics
Problem Solving and Advanced Skills in Physics
Solid State Physics

Optional modules:

Classical Physics
Nuclear Physics
Physics Level 3 Project 2
Statistical Physics

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Advanced Particle Physics
Biological Physics
Further Quantum Mechanics
Magnetic Resonance: Principles and Applications
Optical Properties of Solids
Physics in an Enterprise Culture
Semiconductor Physics and Technology
The Physics of Soft Condensed Matter

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

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Is time travel possible?
Are there habitable planets in other star systems?
Can we make a quantum computer?

Our courses explore the laws of the universe from subatomic particles to stars and galaxies. You'll join a community of researchers and students looking for answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe.

All our undergraduates get hands-on experience working alongside staff on real research projects. We have a comprehensive range of modern facilities, including research laboratories, two telescopes on the roof of our building and remote access to a telescope in the Canary Islands. We host seminars by experts from the Institute of Physics and have an active student society.

Department of Physics and Astronomy 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

"You get to use different techniques here at the University of Sheffield because we have the specialist equipment. Also, you feel supported. Whether you're going into chemistry or not, you develop the skills that employers are looking for."

Julia Reast

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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