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CHEM5613M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Paul Thornton

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Chemistry or equivalent


CHEM5614MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined)

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM5600MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry 60 Credit
CHEM5601MAdvanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit
CHEM5602MAdvanced Topics in Chemical Biology (40 Credit)
CHEM5603MAdvanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)
CHEM5604MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (40 Credit)
CHEM5605MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (30 Credit)
CHEM5606MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (20 Credit)
CHEM5607MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (10 Credits)
CHEM5608MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)
CHEM5622MAdvanced Topics (10 Credits)

Module replaces

CHEM5610M, a 40 credit module that combines examined (20 credits) and coursework (20 credits) components. This module has been split into CHEM5613M (Coursework) and CHEM5614M (Examined).

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework) is a compulsory module for students studying the MSc in Chemistry. Discrete topics that are of current research/commercial interest are taught and assessed by coursework submission.


On completion of the module, students will have an advanced level understanding of a wide range of chemistry. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and synthesis of multiple areas simultaneously and be able to explain and solve unseen 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 a range of core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve unseen problems 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 a minimum of 4 topics from a free choice of 9 topics. This will be assessed by a portfolio of work, based on continuous assessment of four of these topics. The exact topics will vary year-by-year but a current list includes:
- Energy Transduction – Powering the Earth, Life and Society
- Nanomaterials
- Structural Control in Modern Materials
- Sustainability
- Structural Control in Modern Materials
- Physical Organic Chemistry
- Delivery of Functional Fluids
- Electronic Structure Calculations
- Case Studies in Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Synthesis

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning241.0024.00
Example Class321.0032.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours56.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced, and unfamiliar, material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating this knowledge. Extensive background and recent literature reading will be required to complete the coursework assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative exercises for workshops, and regularly-spaced online quizzes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework 225.00
AssignmentCoursework 325.00
AssignmentCoursework 425.00
AssignmentCoursework 125.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:18


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