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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM5614M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined)

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Paul Thornton

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Chemistry or equivalent


CHEM5613MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)

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 (Examined) 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 examination.


On completion of the module, students will have an advanced level of understanding of a selection of current topics of chemistry. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge 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.

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 four free choice topics (two per semester) from a selection of examined topics. The exact topic areas vary year by year to reflect research developments, but a representative list is:

Semester 1:
- Characterising structures and mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry
- Metals in Medicine
- Medicinal Chemistry Strategy
- Expanding the Synthetic Chemistry Toolbox
- Chemical Biology Tools
- The Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels
- Molecular Dynamics

Semester 2:
- Metals in Biology
- Heterocyclic Chemistry in Medicines and Natural Products
- Natural Product Biosynthesis
- Asymmetric and Stereoselective synthesis
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Chemistry, Climate Change and Air Pollution: Atmospheric Measurements, Modelling and Policy

The CHEM560XM examined topics ‘Biomedical Applications of Polymeric Materials’ and ‘Advanced Applications of Colorants’ are not included as examined options (CHEM5610M) as they form part of optional modules (COLO5180M and COLO5162M, respectively) that students may elect to take.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.503.00
Private study hours157.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

At least four topics will have to be attended in order to complete the examined part of the course (40 hours in total). Each student will undertake a total of two exams. These assessments, which will be take place in the January and May/June examination periods, will consist of 1 x Section A question (10 marks) and 2 x Section B questions (20 marks each), and have a duration of 1.5 hours each (3 hours in total).

Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating the acquired knowledge. 157 hours is assigned to reading both the learning resources provided and additional related content, for topic comprehension and exam revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be provided following each exam.

Individual topics will contain workshops in which feedback may be provided.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Exams must take place at the same time as all other Advanced Topics (CHEM560XM) exams.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/10/2021 08:51:24


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