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BSc (Honours)/MChem Chemistry

Learn how to apply chemistry principles to real-world problems at the cutting edge of science.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS F100 Course code

Course description

What you study
The course emphasises industrially relevant analytical chemistry and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of modern organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry, while highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.

During the course you learn how to use chemistry to solve real world problems including biological, environmental, materials and pharmaceutical contexts. You develop your practical lab skills in our new laboratory facilities and build experience and independence through our specially designed project scenarios.

In your final year, you work closely with a member of academic staff on an independent research project developing new and exciting chemistry. Example project areas include • materials chemistry for medical applications • novel detection methods for substances of abuse • new reactions in CO2 catalysis • new methods of C-C bond formation • designing new photo dynamic treatment drugs.

Through the professional and scientific practice modules you develop key transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, numeracy and problem solving. These skills make you attractive to a wide range of future employers, wherever your careers takes you.

The optional transfer to the MChem qualification is aimed at students who want to pursue a career in research and is suitable for all students who achieve good results during years one and two.

This course also benefits from accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which helps you to connect with the wider chemistry community.

Your practical studies are carried out in our new specialist laboratories, part of the £10 million STEM development, that use the same type of equipment found in industry. You learn the latest techniques and use modern, state-of-the-art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry, which helps you develop into an effective, safe, employable and practical scientist.

We have a strong, supportive learning community based on excellent staff-student relations. This is one reason why in the 2016 National Student Survey 100% of our students said they were satisfied with the course.

Throughout the course you work collaboratively with classmates and take part in regular small group tutorials. During the laboratory classes there are always members of academic staff on hand to help.

Placements and work experience
You are supported to secure a placement in your third year. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £20,000 are possible. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment, gain essential industrial experience and build your career prospects. It can even lead to permanent job offers.

Previous students have taken work placements at • RB • Proctor & Gamble • Croda • TATA Steel • Coors Brewery • LGC • Proclinical.

There is also the opportunity to take a placement within education. This experience is essential if you are considering becoming a chemistry teacher.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or overseas in Europe, America or further afield. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*

*GCSE maths, English & Science equivalents accepted:
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Chemistry.) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry modules). We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies.


96 UCAS points from three A levels (including 32 points in Chemistry.) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry modules). We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• successful completion of our Extended Degree Programme Preparatory year in Biosciences and Chemistry or equivalent

• 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.

You need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time, plus one year to MChem (optional)

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• fundamentals of organic chemistry • introduction to cells and biological molecules • introduction to inorganic and materials chemistry • principles of chemistry and analytical science • professional and scientific practice 1

Year two modules

• analytical and bioanalytical science • chemistry and society • organic and biological chemistry • physical and inorganic chemistry • professional & scientific practice 2

Year three

• optional work placement - leading to academic assessment via final year professional and scientific practice 3 module

Final year core modules

• professional and scientific practice 3 • research project

Final year options

Any three from • advanced analytical science • advanced inorganic, physical and materials chemistry • advanced organic synthesis and spectroscopy • medicinal chemistry and drug development • pharmacology

MChem year (optional)

• research design and dissemination for chemistry • research project • 3 specialist taught elective modules

MSci year (optional)

• research design and dissemination for chemistry • research project • 3 specialist taught elective modules

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • written assignments
  • tests
  • group work
  • practical work
  • presentations


A degree in chemistry can lead to a career in many aspects of science, including • analytical scientist • research and pharmaceutical development • regulatory affairs • teaching. Non-scientific roles include • IT • accountancy • marketing.

Previous chemistry graduates have gone on to work as • biological monitor for the Health and Safety Laboratory • validation chemist for Waters Ltd • external manufacturer quality leader at Reckitt Benckiser• operations manager at Pure Melt Ltd. • quality and technical graduate at Tesco PLC.

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


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase<strong><strong>.<br> </strong></strong><br> <br>

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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