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CHEM5618M Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S1)

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Stefan Auer

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) 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)
CHEM5616MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry
CHEM5622MAdvanced Topics (10 Credits)

Module replaces

(in part) CHEM5615M Advanced Topics (Examined) (30 credits)

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
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 three free choice topics from a selection of examined topics. The current nature of the module ensures that the topics will change sporadically, at present the topics offered in Semester 1 are:

Characterising structures and mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry Strategy
Advanced Methods in Organic Synthesis
Chemical Biology Tools
The Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels
Molecular Dynamics

Students enrolled on CHEM5107M Modern Drug Discovery are not eligible to take the Medicinal Chemistry Strategy topic in CHEM5618M.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 15 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Examined with all other Advanced Topics modules (CHEM56XXM). Students are allowed to bring two sheets of A4 with any combination of word-processed information, handwriting, photos or diagrams. 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: 27/09/2023


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