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CHEM5608M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Stefan Auer

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto MSc in Drug Discovery and Development

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM5600MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry 60 Credit
CHEM5601MAdvanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit
CHEM5604MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (40 Credit)
CHEM5605MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (30 Credit)
CHEM5606MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (20 Credit)
CHEM5616MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry
CHEM5617MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)
CHEM5618MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S1)
CHEM5619MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S2)
CHEM5622MAdvanced Topics (10 Credits)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Current topics from across Chemistry are presented. MSc in Drug Discovery and Development students will be able to choose the topics that interest and benefit them the most. Assessment is entirely in the form of continuous assessment.


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 core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve unseen problem-led questions 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.


The module will be assessed exclusively by continuous assessment, and will feature all of the Advanced Topics coursework topics except computer-aided drug design.

Students will be required to study a minimum of 3 topics from a free choice of (typically) 10 topics. This element will be assessed by a portfolio of work, based on continuous assessment. The exact topics will varies year-by-year but a current list of topics includes:
- Nanomaterials
- Energy Transduction – powering the Earth, life and society
- Sustainability
- Structural Control in Modern Materials
- Planning Organic Syntheses
- Statistical Thermodynamics
- Case Studies in Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Synthesis
- Metals in Medicine
- Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours18.00
Private study hours108.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

108h private study and 18 hr independent online learning - quizzes, note-taking, additional reading and research

Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating this knowledge.

Additionally, they will be provided with practice problems that form the basis of the workshops for each topic.
Reading for lectures and workshops
Reading research literature and preparation for coursework assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided for all work submitted.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio3 x pieces of coursework worth 33.33%100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Each topic will involve one or more of the following types of coursework; Essay or Dissertation, Literature Review, Verbal Presentation. A student’s portfolio will depend upon the individual topics that students select for assessment.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

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


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