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BSc (Honours) Chemistry

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)


Develop your understanding of chemical concepts through practical laboratory sessions, gaining hands-on experience of cutting-edge analytical instrumentation and modern synthesis methods.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? F100
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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This course scored 96% for teaching satisfaction in the 2023 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Develop real-world chemistry problem-solving skills in the context of biological, environmental, materials and pharmaceutical science.
  • Gain experience of industrially-relevant analytical instrumentation, modern synthetic techniques and application of computing in chemistry.
  • Take the opportunity to complete a work placement – either in the UK or abroad. 
  • Transfer onto an MChem route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers

Chemistry impacts everything around you. This course will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be part of exciting scientific developments that affect all areas of life.

Accredited by
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

The BSc (Hons) Chemistry is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Alex Hamilton talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Throughout the course you will develop practical skills in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You will learn underlying theories that support chemistry – alongside the data analysis, project design and management skills required to be an independent scientist. 

In years 1 and 2 you will gain a breadth of knowledge in physical, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. In your final year you have a choice of modules which will allow you to specialise in a specific area of chemistry. 

You learn through

  • core lectures and workshops
  • practical lab sessions 
  • small group academic tutorials
  • field trips
  • project work

Course leaders and tutors

Vikki Carolan
Vikki Carolan
Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Delivery Manager

Vikki is a lecturer in analytical science at Sheffield Hallam. She is also the Academic Placement Tutor for the department of Biosciences and Chemistry

Alex Hamilton
Alex Hamilton
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

My teaching covers all aspects of Physical Chemistry. My research group apply state-of-the-art computational simulations to understand reaction mechanisms and design … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement between your second and third year – either in the UK or abroad. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. In previous years students have obtained placements in  pharmaceutical and materials chemical industries, scientific recruitment agencies and in education. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you will enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention.

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

Research Project

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.

Field trips

Students have benefited from a European field trip to world renowned chemical research facilities. The trip included tours of the facilities, seminars and discussions with leading chemists, as well as exposure to the culture of the region. The majority of the cost for this trip was covered by the university. 

Networking opportunities

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) will help you to connect with the wider chemistry community. Representatives and staff from Sheffield Hallam’s Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) sit on the committee for the local section of the RSC – so they will keep you up to date with the latest local and national chemistry events.


Each year students have the opportunity to showcase their project work to the department of Biosciences and Chemistry, and in the final year at a national chemistry conference gaining invaluable skills in presenting to the scientific community.   

Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • analytical science
  • academic chemistry research 
  • pharmaceutical and drug development
  • polymer and materials chemistry
  • regulatory affairs and chemical patent law
  • teaching and education
  • scientific sales and recruitment

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for world-leading companies such as:

  • analytical chemists at AstraZeneca
  • biological monitors for the Health and Safety Laboratory
  • validation chemists for Waters Ltd
  • polymer scientists at Reckitt Benckiser
  • communications account manager at Notch Scientific Communications

Many graduates also progress to specialist Masters courses or carry out research for a PhD to enhance their scientific careers.

Student View

Watch student Joe Anslow describe his experience on placement at Tata Steel.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will work in new specialist synthetic chemistry laboratories – part of the £10 million STEM development at Sheffield Hallam – including state-of-the-art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry. Examples of facilities you will have access to include 

  • 400MHz & 48MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers 
  • high-specification hyphenated mass spectrometers
  • infra-red and UV/visible spectrometers 
  • atomic absorption/emission spectrometers
  • chromatographic instruments (HPLC, LC and GC) 
  • glassware, fume hoods and glove boxes for synthetic chemistry
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) access for computational chemistry

Learn more about your department

Biosciences and Chemistry Facilities Tour

Take a look around the biosciences and chemistry facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with senior lecturer and recruitment lead Dr Susan Campbell.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

From A levels including 32 points in Chemistry or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry modules). We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types. For example:

  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with relevant chemistry modules (please include units on application).
  • BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant chemistry modules alongside other level 3 study.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels or EPQ.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

• equivalency test from

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Topics In Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Concepts In Physical Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Inorganic And Materials Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Chemical Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applications Of Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemistry And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organic And Biosynthetic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physical And Inorganic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Chemical Synthesis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemistry For Future Global Challenges Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 241.3KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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