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CHEM5608M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Paul Thornton

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Medicinal Chemistry


CHEM3145Med Chemistry of Drug Develop

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM5105MDrug Discovery and Development
CHEM5607MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (10 Credits)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced topics in chemistry option for students studying MSc in chemical biology and drug design who have previously graduated with a BSc in Medicinal Chemistry from University of Leeds


On completion of the module, students will have an advanced level understanding of a selected topics of chemistry to the most advanced level, including to key aspects of the medicinal chemistry process and the pharmaceutical industry.
They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and synthesis of multiple areas simultaneously and be able to explain and solve problems of an advanced nature.

Ultimately the module will prepare them for research either in academia or industry by providing the students with the core basis of advanced knowledge they will require. Through the continual assessment aspects of the module they will receive training in transferrable skills that will aid their future career.

Learning outcomes
The students will have a broad understanding of core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve problem-led questions in these areas.

They will also be able to access the primary literature and use their knowledge to make a critical evaluation of this information.


Students will be required to study 1 compulsory and 2 free choice topics from a selection of topics. Understanding will be assessed by a portfolio of work, based on continuous assessment of 3 of these topics. The exact topics may vary year by year but a provisional list includes:
- Drug Discovery Hit Validation
- Energy transduction – powering the Earth, life and society
- Sustainability
- Structural control in modern materials
- Physical organic chemistry
- Delivery of functional fluids
- Synthetic planning and strategies in organic synthesis

NB coursework topics offered in CHEM5608M are not available for CHEM5603M and vice versa

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

For the compulsory topic shared with CHEM5105M:
8 hours - reading for lectures and workshops
32 hours reading research literature and preparation for oral presentations and coursework essay
For the optional topics shared with CHEM5600M:
Lecture material 20 x 1 hr will be delivered as online recordings to enable the students maximum flexibility to take this module alongside other compulsory modules in their timetables. Where the material is also provided as live lectures in the CHEM5600 module, students will also be able to attend these classes if their timetable allows.
Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating this knowledge: 80 hours reading research literature and preparation of coursework assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will come from deductive questions and answers supplied online

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioSee other information below100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Each topic will involve one or more of the following types of coursework; Essay or Dissertation, Literature Review, Verbal Presentation, Computer Exercise, Tutorial Performance Please note that the methods of assessment for this module will be rigorous and structured to meet the learning outcomes

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:06


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