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CHEM5615M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined)

30 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Paul Thornton

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto MSc in Chemistry (BSc degree in 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)
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)

Module replaces

CHEM5610M; this module has been split into CHEM5613M (Coursework) and CHEM5615M (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 six free choice topics (three per semester) from a selection of examined topics. The current nature of the module ensures that the topics will change sporadically, at present the topics offered are:

(Typical*) Semester 1:
Characterising structures and mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry Strategy
Expanding the Synthetic Chemistry Toolbox
Chemical Biology Tools
The Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels
Molecular Dynamics
Advanced Organometallics

(Typical*) Semester 2:
Metals in Medicine
Metals in Biology
Heterocyclic Chemistry in Medicines and Natural Products
Natural Product Biosynthesis (^Not offered to January 2021 starters)
Asymmetric and Stereoselective synthesis
Planetary Atmospheres (^Not offered to January 2021 starters)
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 for CHEM5615M as they form part of optional modules (COLO5180M and COLO5162M, respectively) that students may elect to take.

* For students commencing studies in January 2021, the content of Semester 1 and Semester 2 will switch.

^ Topics suspended for January 2021 starters.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning361.0036.00
Example Class481.0048.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours186.00
Total Contact hours84.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

216h including 30h online study - quizzes, note-taking, additional reading and research.

At least six topics will have to be attended in order to complete the examined part of the course (60 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. 237 hours is assigned to reading both the learning resources provided and additional related content, for topic comprehension and exam revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 15 mins50.00
Open Book exam2 hr 15 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: 07/07/2022 11:10:18


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