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CHEM8101 Industrial Placement for Integrated Masters Students

90 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Chris Pask

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry, Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or equivalent


CHEM5300MDistance Learning for Industrial Placement

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM8500BSc Industrial Training Programme

Module replaces

CHEM8100 Industrial Placement

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students will have gained an insight into the relevance and application of chemistry in industry. They will have developed a wide range of new skills, and experienced the application of chemical knowledge in a work-based environment appropriate to the programme of study.

They will also have developed and practised personal transferable skills such as identifying objectives, negotiating the strategy and tactics to be used in achieving such objectives, written and oral communication, and working within a team in an industrial laboratory environment.

Learning outcomes
Precise knowledge outcomes will be dependent on the type of research project undertaken by the student at the company. Most commonly this will involve either organic synthesis or analytical chemistry, although placements in other types of chemistry are also available.

A synthesis placement will train the students in particular aspects of advanced organic chemistry, and the practical methods for preparing and analysing organic molecules. An analytical chemistry placement will afford advanced knowledge of one or more spectroscopic or analytical methods, for the analysis of laboratory or environmental samples, plus a more general training in the practise of chemical analysis.

To ensure appropriate knowledge outcomes, students on the Medicinal Chemistry (Industry) and Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry (Industrial) programs will have a restricted choice of placement project related to those degree specialisms.


The programme of work carried out during the placement will be agreed by arrangement with the student, academic supervisor and industrial supervisor within the overall objectives described above.

Teaching methods

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

Private study hours900.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)900.00

Private study

Independent learning. Collection of relevant information on the academic, social and professional aspects of the experience in industry.

Other laboratory-based work. Research project undertaken during the placement.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular progress meetings within the company to be arranged between the student and the industrial supervisor.

Students have an assigned mentor from the School. Two half-day meetings will take place between the student, mentor and industrial supervisor during the course of the placement, to check progress and (where appropriate) to undertake on-site assessment. Day-to-day progress cannot otherwise be monitored from Leeds during the placement, but the mentor and module leader will be available to give advice by e-mail when required.

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
ReportA written report on their research work (in conjunction with assessment reports from the industrial and academic supervisors) which must be submitted within one month of the start of the academic year following the placement50.00
ReportA non-confidential report to be returned to the university for second marking and viewable by external examiners10.00
Placement AssessmentAssessment by industrial supervisor20.00
PresentationVerbal Presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Project report (50%) to be submitted for assessment at the end of the placement. The report may be marked on-site, rather than in Leeds, if required for confidentiality reasons. A non-confidential report (10%) must be submitted to the school which is second marked and can be viewed by the external examiners. An assessment proforma will also be completed by the company supervisor at the same time (20%). The presentation (20%) will be given on site. Written coursework to be undertaken during the placement is treated under a separate module, CHEM3301 and CHEM3430.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 02/07/2021 10:55:13


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