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CHEM5503M Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Terry Kee

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc or MChem in Chemistry or other related subject suitable for MSc entry.

Alternative entry may be based on alternative criteria such as level of industrial, research or teaching experience.

Module replaces

CHEM5501M Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses (80 credits) and CHEM5502M Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses (60 credits).

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Research project for 1 year taught chemistry-related MSc programmes.


To give students experience of research work of relevance to their chemistry-related MSc course.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. have an appreciation of literature background to an important problem in their chosen field;
2. be able to formulate hypotheses to be tested experimentally;
3. keep an accurate, formal record of research performed;
4. be able to plan new experiments in the light of earlier results;
5. apply key methods in appropriate scientific technology for the investigation of important problems and/or develop new methodology;
6. be able to interpret experimental data and to develop new models on the basis of these experiments;
7. disseminate research results both orally, and as a written research paper, technical report or thesis format;
8. to develop generic transferable skills for personal development.


Students will be given a list of potential research projects of relevance to their MSc. Projects will be in the areas related to School of Chemistry research in:
Chemical biology and medicinal chemistry; Atmospheric and planetary chemistry; Computational chemistry and chemical physics; Functional materials and self-assembling systems; Digital and process chemistry; Chemistry pedagogic research.

Students will work full time on their research project for 10 weeks supported by supervision sessions. Guidance on report writing will be provided and the project will be assessed by a report, the quality of practical work and presentation of work in an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours223.00
Total Contact hours377.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Supervisor feedback on draft reports, presentations and during supervisor meeting through the research period.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Research ProposalFormative literature review and project proposal0.00
ReportResearch paper or technical report60.00
PracticalResults achieved, research skills30.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation on project results10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

A formative project proposal comprising a literature review and project plan will receive feedback from the project supervisor and form the basis for the introduction to the final report. The final report will be marked by two independent assessors. The oral presentations will be marked by at least two independent assessors.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 15/05/2023 16:21:49


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