Taught course

Polymers for Advanced Technologies

University of Sheffield · Department of Chemistry

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Entry requirements

You need a good honours degree or relevant experience in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, materials or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This specialist one-year course is our most applied masters – and it’s designed with industry in mind.

You'll study the fundamental science of how polymers are structured and synthesised, and how they behave. You'll also learn about the techniques that chemists use to identify, characterise and analyse polymers. Laboratory training covers a range of polymer synthesis methods and analytical techniques, including size-exclusion chromatography, viscosity analysis, and IR and NMR spectroscopy.

Other modules highlight how polymer chemistry overlaps with other areas of science, by focusing on concepts from physics that explain polymers’ unique physical properties, and engineering principles to look at the effects that polymer microstructures have on polymer performance.

Your research project, which takes up around one-third of your course, allows you to put into practice all of your training. You'll choose a relevant topic in polymer science, you'll be supervised by an academic who specialises in your area and you'll work in their lab as part of a team of scientists. In the lab, our researchers will teach you advanced lab techniques and train you to use state-of-the-art chemistry equipment.

Graduates from this course apply their polymer chemistry expertise in many different industries – from oils, paints and coatings, to food, cleaning agents and cosmetics, to medical, agricultural and aerospace technologies.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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