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CHEM5617M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)

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 in Chemistry (BSc degree in Chemistry or equivalent)

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)
CHEM5616MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry
CHEM5622MAdvanced Topics (10 Credits)

Module replaces

CHEM5613M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework) (20-credit variant)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework) 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 coursework submission.


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
1. Broad understanding or range of core areas of advanced Chemistry;
2. Ability to solve problems in these areas;
3. Ability to access the primary literature and use their knowledge to make a critical evaluation of this information.


Students will be required to study a minimum of 6 topics from a free choice of 8 or more topics. This will be assessed by a portfolio of work, based on continuous assessment of six of these topics. The exact topics will vary year-by-year but a current list includes:
• Energy Transduction – Powering the Earth, Life and Society
• Nanomaterials
• Structural Control in Modern Materials
• Sustainability
• Planning organic synthesis
• Statistical thermodynamics
• Metals in medicine
• Computer-aided drug design
• Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
• Case Studies in Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Synthesis

Students enrolled on BMSC5231M Structure-Based Drug Discovery are not eligible to take the Computational Drug Design topic in CHEM5617M.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours220.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative online quizzes will be provided together with examples for which model answers will be available.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioA unique assignment will be provided for each optional topic100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2023


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