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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MChem, BSc Chemistry

Programme code:MCBS-CHEMUCAS code:F103
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Richard Ansell Contact address:R.J.Ansell@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Typically, grades AAB at A-level, including Chemistry (but not including General Studies or Critical Thinking).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemistry

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemistry

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- provide an environment for study that will encourage an enthusiasm for chemistry and an appreciation in depth of its application in a wide variety of contexts;
- provide students with a detailed appreciation of the discipline of chemistry, and the necessary background and intellectual training for a wide range of professional careers;
- develop a student's ability to apply his/her chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems at the forefront of chemistry;
- provide the knowledge and experience which constitute an essential preliminary to performing original research with a degree of autonomy in chemistry or a related multidisciplinary field, either in industry, government research laboratories, or academic institutions;
- enable the students to aspire to the highest professional standards in chemistry;
- give a developed and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge, of scientific principles in a wider context, and encourage by experience the transferable skills that are of value in both chemical and non-chemical employment;
- provide students with an understanding of the principles, both theoretical and experimental, of organic, inorganic, physical, theoretical and analytical chemistry, and with the ability to apply them in innovative situations;
- provide an insight into selected areas of chemistry where major and important developments are currently taking place;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of chemistry in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts;
- provide experience in carrying out a research project which includes a literature search, the planning and carrying out of experiments, and the processing and evaluation of results which are then presented in a variety of formats;
- enable students to enter the chemistry profession at a level beyond that of the corresponding BSc programme, and they will be able to plan and undertake a coherent and extended research project, either within a higher degree programme or within suitable industries;
- conform to professional standards in chemistry, and to satisfy the admission criteria for full Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) with Chartered Chemist status (CChem).

Relationship with other programmes:

Students are recruited into the Chemistry degree programme on a provisional basis until the end of Year 2, at which point students who have achieved a good performance in the examinations will be allowed to transfer (with the permission of the Head of Department) to a MChem, BSc Chemistry programme if they so wish. The BSc and MChem programmes then diverge in Year 3.
The MChem, BSc Chemistry programme shares a common first year with the programmes in Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry, and transfer between these courses will be allowed with the permission of the Head of Department until the points of divergence at the end of Year 2 and Year 1 respectively.
Students who, at the commencement of Year 2, have provisionally indicated the intention to transfer to a MChem, BSc Chemistry programme with the Industrial, International or European option will be given appropriate assistance and guidance in preparation. For the special case of the MChem, BSc (European) programme, students will have the option to take appropriate language modules in Years 1 and 2. Formal transfer to the relevant MChem, BSc programme is still subject to a good performance in Year 2.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM1000Introduction to Modern Chemistry20 creditsSemester 1
CHEM1211Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1240Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1260Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1291Mathematical and Physical Concepts for Chemists10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1410Practical Skills in Chemistry30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ODLM1012Studying in a Digital Age (Chemistry)5 creditsSemester 1

Students will also study 30 credits of discovery/optional modules.

Students on all chemistry programmes of study with Grade C or less in Mathematics A-level (or equivalent) will be required to study CHEM1181 Mathematics for Chemists (10 credits) as one of their discovery modules.

Students will be required to pass CHEM1000, CHEM1291 and CHEM1410 to progress to the second year.

Discovery modules:

Students will be required to study 30 credits of discovery modules:

Students with Grade C or less in Mathematics A-level (or equivalent) will be required to study CHEM1181 Mathematics for Chemists (10 credits) as one of their discovery modules.

The award of Certificate of Higher Education requires obtaining 100 credits in Year 1 (or above), with a minimum of 80 credits of compulsory modules (including CHEM1000, CHEM1291 and CHEM1410)


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM2111Structure and Synthesis of Materials10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2141Introduction to Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2152Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2190Structure and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2241Organic Structure and Mechanism10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2252Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2270Organometallic and f-block Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2290Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2410Laboratory Work 2a30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to pass CHEM2410.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

CHEM2200Science and Society: The Critical Interface10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2600Chemistry: Idea to Market10 creditsSemester 1
COLO2600Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences10 creditsSemester 2

The award of the Diploma of Higher Education requires obtaining 200 credits, with a minimum of 100 credits in Year 2 (or above), (including CHEM2410).


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will normally be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM3122Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3131Chemical Bonding and Reactivity10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3180Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3222Chemistry at the Molecular Level10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3417Advanced Lab Work for MChem30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 50 credits from the following optional modules:

CHEM3185Atmospheric Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3190Chromatography and Analytical Separation10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3211Properties and Applications of Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3231Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3246Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3261Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

From the 50 credits of optional modules students may select one of the following options:

CHEM3212Big Data, Big Science10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3611Chemistry: Making an Impact10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3621Ethical Issues in Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3666Chemistry into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to seek approval from the module leader and complete a Change of Module form to enrol on CHEM3666. Students who take CHEM3666 will also be required to enrol on a 20 credit laboratory module (CHEM3420).


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will normally be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM5460MLaboratory-based Project Work 6M60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM5600MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry 60 Credit60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 22/11/2018

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