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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM5616M Advanced Topics in Chemistry

30 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Stefan Auer

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto MSc 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)
CHEM5608MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)
CHEM5617MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)
CHEM5618MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S1)
CHEM5619MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S2)
CHEM5622MAdvanced Topics (10 Credits)

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced Topics in Chemistry is an optional module for students studying the MSc in Drug Discovery and Development and have taken the Chemistry pathway. Students will be required to study four examined topics of their choice (two per semester) from a selection of examined topics, and two coursework topics of their choice from a selection of coursework topics (either semester).


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, and two free choice topics (zero-two per semester) from a selection of coursework topics. The current nature of the module ensures that the topics will change sporadically, at present the topics offered include:

(Typical) Semester 1 examined topics:
Characterising structures and mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry
Expanding the Synthetic Chemistry Toolbox
Chemical Biology Tools
The Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels
Molecular Dynamics
Advanced Organometallics
Biomedical Applications of Polymeric Materials

(Typical) Semester 2 examined topics:
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
Advanced Applications of Colorants

(Typical) coursework topics:
Energy Transduction – Powering the Earth, Life and Society
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
Structural Control in Modern Materials
Physical Organic Chemistry
Delivery of Functional Fluids
Electronic Structure Calculations
Case Studies in Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Synthesis
Metals in Medicine

This version of Advanced Topics differs to other editions in that the topics ‘Medicinal Chemistry Strategy’ and ‘computer-aided Drug Design’ will not be available.

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 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 have one question per topic that is worth 25 marks 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, preparation for coursework assignments and exam revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

General feedback will be provided following each exam. Student specific feedback may be provided upon request.

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework 217.00
AssignmentCoursework 117.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)34.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins33.00
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.00

Examined with all other Advanced Topics modules (CHEM56XXM). 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: 28/04/2023 14:52:18


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