Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Chemistry Research Internship
Code CHEM309
Coordinator Professor G Sedghi
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 22.5

Pre-requisites before taking this module (or general academic requirements):

CHEM260 Physical Chemistry II; CHEM246 Measurements in Chemistry; CHEM245 Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation; CHEM280 Key Skills for Chemists 2; CHEM231 Organic Chemistry II; CHEM214 Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of the d-Block Metals 


This module is designed to:
1.Provide students with an insight into the process of scientific research and debate in a setting different from the University of Liverpool;
2.Expose students to new research and cultural environments;
3.Develop the confidence to work independently and in a team, to effectively and efficiently attain a scientific goal;
4.Develop students’ ability to communicate scientific concepts and findings in a variety of formats;
5. Develop students' employability skills.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To maintain accurate records of experiments, and reliable and comprehensive account of any methodologies used

(LO2) To prepare and deliver oral presentations to high scientific and professional standards that describes the experiences during the internship, the research objectives and the rationale behind the project design.

(LO3) To write a report on the research priorities, the internal and external drivers of the research strategy and the potential impact of the research on the local and wider community.

(LO4) To analyse and critically evaluate data, information and observations and to draw valid conclusions

(S1) Research Skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Problem solving skills

(S4) Communication skills

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The internship is a six- week research placement in the summer between Year 2 and 3 of Chemistry undergraduate studies.

Before the internship there are seminars (3 hr) where students receive essential instructions and information.
The seminars run in semester 2 of the previous academic year. Failure to attend the seminars means that students are not allowed to undertake the internship.

After the internship there are tutorials (2 x 1 hr), where students discuss their experiences and plan for the internship report and presentation.



A project will be undertaken in an area of chemical research in a wide range of topics including Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, Surface Science, Electrochemistry, Chemical Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Theoretical Chemistry, Co-ordination Chemistry and Bio-organic Chemistry. The exact nature and format of the project and the timing of its elements may vary, but all projects are designed to meet the same set of learning outcomes, including research planning, background reading, conducting research, analysing findings, communicating findings orally and in writing.

Recommended Texts

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   3



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 40


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
research internship report Exemptions: anonymous marking 4.3b Resit: resubmission opportunity    65       
online reflective portfolio Exemptions: anonymous marking 4.3b Resit: No    25       
oral presentation Exemptions: electronic submission 3.2a anonymous marking 4.3e Resit: No  15    10