Advanced Chemical Sciences MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will typically need a minimum of a 2:1 BSc Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry from Home students.
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Module details

Compulsory modules information

Students gain relevant skills for their project in Semester 1 and 2 taking PGSC003 Introduction to research.

They then undertake a research project PGSC004 in the Summer.

The project will be carried out in an active research group within one of the main research areas of the Department i.e. Energy and Catalysis, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal and Bio-nano Chemistry, Functional Interfaces or Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

Optional modules information

Over the first two Semesters, students take 90 credits of advanced chemistry modules, choosing a maximum of 30 credits at level 3, subject to timetable constraints.

Optional modules

Lanthanoid and Actinoid Chemistry (CHEM411)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aim of the module is to give students an overview of the most important aspects of the unique chemistry and spectroscopy of the lanthanide and actinide elements, illustrated with contemporary examples of the applications of their compounds in chemistry and technology.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will understand the underlying principles of lanthanoid and actinoid chemistry, and how these differ from those of d-transition metal chemistry

(LO2) Students will have an understanding of the most important aspects of spectroscopy of compounds of the lanthanoids

(LO3) Students will have an appreciation of how recent research is developing applications for the elements and their compounds

(LO4) Students will have appreciation of the strategic importance of the elements e.g. in nuclear power and sustainable energy applications

(LO5) Students will be able to read and critically evaluate research papers from the recent literature

(S1) Problem solving skills

Organic and Molecular Electronics (CHEM413)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aims of the module are:
1. To show students how semiconducting organic molecules and materials can be designed and synthesised for use in a wide range of electronic devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes, thin film transistors, photovoltaic devices and sensors.
2. To introduce the students to current topics of interest in the field of molecular electronics, the science of incorporating single molecules into electrical circuits.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to show:
* familiarity with important structure-property relationships in pi-conjugated materials, and how these relate to their uses as organic semiconductors in different electronic devices.
* awareness of synthetic routes to the materials, and how these can limit or control their properties.
* familiarity with important parameters used to assess the performance of various organic electronic devices, such as OLEDs, OTFTs and OPVDs.
* awareness of current and possible future industrial applications of this new technology.
* awareness of concepts underlying experiments to determine the electrical properties of single molecules, and of the significance of these measurements.
* the ability to read and understand review papers from the literature in these areas.

Chem431 - Main Group Organic Chemistry (CHEM431)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aim of this module is to broaden and extend the knowledge of modern Organic Chemistry so that students will be able to enter directly into a PhD or embark on a career as a specialist chemist.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students will have achieved a solid foundation in Organic Chemistry. In particular they will have a clear understanding of Main Group Organic Chemistry and Organopalladium Chemistry and be able to give examples of their use in modern synthetic methodology.

(S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills, ie abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including problem-solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement. In particular, at master's level, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

Asymmetric Synthesis and Synthetic Strategy (CHEM433)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aim of this module is to further broaden and extend the students' knowledge of modern Organic Chemistry, so that they will be able to enter directly into a PhD programme or embark on a career as a specialist chemist. Specifically, students will learn the concepts that enable stereo control in reactions and the fundamental disconnections in organic synthesis.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to understand and design strategies that enable the synthesis of complex organic molecules in a stereocontrolled fashion.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem-solving

(S2) critical analysis of experimental results

Advanced Spectroscopy (c Option) (CHEM451)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This is an advanced module that aims to introduce the student to modern spectroscopic techniques and their applications in materials characterisation. Emphasis is given to those techniques, which are currently most important to chemical research both in industry and academia. The students should be able to understand the basic physical principles of these techniques and to decide which combination of techniques is best employed to tackle a particular problem of materials characterisation.

The module will deal in-depth with

- vibrational spectroscopies (infrared reflection absorption, attenuated total internal reflection and surface enhanced Raman) and their application to the study of molecules at surfaces relevant to materials characterisation, heterogeneous catalysis and nanoscience;

- electronic spectroscopies (X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger, energy dispersive Xray spectroscopy) and their application to determine the chemical composition of interfaces.

The module will also cover a range of other analytical chemistry tools suitable for interface and materials characterisation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, successful students should have gained an in-depth understanding of a range of advanced spectroscopies and be able to explain the physical principles of these spectroscopies, analyse spectra and be able to discuss their suitability to address certain problems of materials characterisation.

(LO2) Successful students should be able to explain surface vibrational spectroscopy (infrared absorption and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy), interpret spectra and apply selection rules to determine the orientation of molecules at surfaces.

(LO3) Successful students should be able to explain electronic spectroscopies (photoelectron, Auger, energy dispersive Xray spectroscopy), interpret spectra and deduce surface chemical composition based on quantitative and qualitative analysis

(LO4) Successful students should be able to critically compare different methods of spectroscopy and their suitability to tackle a particular problem in materials characterisation

(LO5) Successful students should be able to critically evaluate the use of spectroscopy to support scientific conclusions based on literature

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading

Electrochemistry (c Option) (CHEM453)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of this module is to develop the students' knowledge of interfacial electrochemistry. This includes both the understanding of fundamental aspects of electrochemistry, as well as techniques for characterising surfaces under electrochemical conditions. Applications of electrochemistry will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The students be knowledgeable on what happens when an aqueous medium is in the vicinity of the surface and be able to describe the structure that occurs in an electrochemical cell. They should be able to describe how cyclic voltammetry and potential step methods can be used to analyse and understand electrochemical reactions. They should be able to perform an electrochemical kinetic analysis of simple and multistep reactions as a means of analysing the mechanism. They should be able to analyse and to answer questions on a number of electrochemical reactions such as metal deposition, electroorganic reactions and adsorption. They should be able to describe fuel cell reactions (hydrogen/air and methanol/air) and be able to analyse fuel cell polarisation curves. They should also be aware of modern spectroscopic methods employed for analysing the solid/liquid interface and be able to describe the level of detail which can be obtained through appropriate application of these techniques.

(S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills, ie abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including problem-solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement. In particular, at master's level, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

Formulation Engineering (ENGG413)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective to Formulation Engineering , sitting at the interface of Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science. This will contribute connecting students in the School of Engineering and Chemistry with the MIF facilities, Unilever and other companies. The contents are oriented towards formulations (suspensions, emulsions and foams) with particular emphasis in processing and applied rheology. This will link with the automated and high-troughput make and measure facilities in the MIF.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module students will be able to recall fundamental concepts of complex fluids, formulations and basic rheology.

(LO2) Students will be able to identify the behaviour of simple formulations and differentiate the fundamental science involved in colloidal suspensions, surfactants, emulsions, gels and foams. They will also become familiar with a wide range of characterisation techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to apply knowledge in Newtonian and non-Newtonian rheology to everyday formulations.

(LO4) Students will gain skills and experience in multi-disciplinary research areas relevant to industry and academia (complex fluids and rheology). They will widen their knowledge into new areas that are complementary to their degrees; and will be able to apply new fundamental concepts in a range of applications from food industry, personal care and paints to drug delivery systems and manufacturing.

(LO5) Students will be able to operate a rheometer; carry out flow and oscillatory rheology tests; measure the properties of different formulations; and to analyse experimental results to identify and assess different behaviours.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

Chem313 - Inorganic Materials Chemistry (CHEM313)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This module aims to
• Enhance students' understanding of the fundamental nature of ordered crystalline solids
• Develop the concept that the structure of materials impact on their properties and applications
• Provide an introduction to the use of diffraction methods to characterise crystal structures
• Describe characterisation techniques, for both crystalline and amorphous materials.
• Outline electronic structure in the solid state.
• Describe a range of materials manufacturing techniques.
• Explain the origin of magnetism in the solid state.
• Outline the practical implications of magnetic materials
• Describe how we make and study magnetic inorganic solids
• Highlight current research trends in inorganic magneto chemistry

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understand and describe the characteristics of the crystalline solid state

(LO2) Be able to perform simple analyses of powder X-ray diffraction data

(LO3) Describe the factors affecting the crystal structures formed by ionic compounds

(LO4) Understand that solid structures directly influences the physical and functional properties of materials, and describe examples

(LO5) Understand the solid-state electronic structure of inorganic materials

(LO6) Recognise favourable methods for fabrication, characterisation, and functional property optimisation of specific materials.

(LO7) Appreciate the real-world relevance of materials design.

(LO8) Understand the microscopic origins of magnetism, and describe the mechanisms which lead to collective magnetic behaviour

(LO9) Interpret magnetic data and classify types of inorganic magnetic materials.

(LO10) Recognise the uses of magnetic materials.

(S1) Problem solving skills

Further Organic Chemistry (CHEM333)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of the module is to extend second year knowledge of synthetic and physical organic chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to show:
* a good understanding of modern synthetic reactions and their mechanisms.
* deduce mechanisms on the basis of kinetic and other evidence.

Medicinal Chemistry of Anti-infectives (CHEM335)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin modern medicinal chemistry of anti-infective drugs; these will include qualitative and advanced quantitative SAR techniques, computer aided molecular design, further techniques in solid phase chemistry / combinatorial chemistry.  The course will build on the principles taught in the introductory medicinal chemistry module CHEM248.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students will have achieved a solid understanding of modern approaches to anti-infective drug design. In particular they should be able to show a clear understanding of:
* The mechanism of action, design and synthesis of b-lactam antibiotics.
* Antiviral drug design.
* Antifungal drug design.
* The importance of protease enzymes as drug targets as illustrated by examples including the falcipain 2 inhibitors (cysteine proteases) and HIV protease inhibitors (aspartate proteases).
* advanced techniques in computational drug design.

Key Skills for Chemists 3 (CHEM385)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to help Chemistry students develop skills needed for further educational opportunities or employment in a wide range of chemical and non-chemical based sectors.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the employability section of the module, students should be able to demonstrate both a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the importance of transferable skills to the workplace.

(LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to use scientific databases effectively for literature and citation searches.

(LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to find relevant information from online chemical databases regarding chemical reactions and structures

(LO4) By the end of the module, students should be able to apply the database skills in writing a report drawing from scientific literature.

(S1) Teamwork

(S2) Communication Skills

(S3) Lifelong learning skills

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) IT skills

(S6) Commercial awareness

Introduction to Nanomedicine (CHEM426)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aims of the module are to
• explain colloidal/self-assembling systems in detail and their role in nanomedicine;
• Inform about the state of the art of materials for nanomedicines and the synthetic routes used;
• explain the pharmacological behaviour of nanomedicines and how different diseases require different approaches for successful treatment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students should be able to show that they can define and explain colloidal systems and name examples of different colloids. They should demonstrate a detailed understanding of how colloidal stability can be obtained, and explain and utilise the principles behind calculating colloidal stability.

(LO2) Students should be able to describe the different types of nanomedicines and discuss the range of advanced synthetic routes used to produce different nanomedicine structures for oral and injectable administration. They should understand the differences between conjugated and non-conjugated delivery systems, including self-assembled nanostructures and be able to explain the advanced methods available for the characterisation of nanomedicines.

(LO3) Students will show understanding of the principles behind pharmacokinetics and the importance of these principles to nanomedicine. They will understand the different routes of administration used to deliver nanomedicines and be able to explain how different diseases present different challenges to drug delivery and how nanomedicines can be designed to targets specific diseases.

(LO4) Students will be able to examine the state of the art for nanomedicines and discuss the future research directions.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Commercial awareness

(S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

Chem442 - Solid State Chemistry and Energy Storage Materials (CHEM442)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

• To provide an introduction to diffraction methods for the characterisation of solid state materials.
• To introduce the students to the concepts and applications of symmetry in the solid state.
• To provide an introduction to the structures of solid state materials and their description and phase transitions.
• To provide a perspective on the ranges of properties displayed by solids, particularly cooperative magnetism, ferroelectricity, and multiferroicity and their relationships to structure and symmetry.
• To introduce the rich chemistry of insertion materials and highlight their relevance in energy applications.
• To demonstrate the importance of defect chemistry with particular relevance to energy materials.
• To provide a basic understanding of superconductivity and the chemistry of superconducting materials.
This will provide the student with a deep and high level understanding of the properties of solids, and currently active areas of research, to enable the student to pursue their interests to a deeper level independently (for example to PhD level).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the application of diffraction methods to the characterisation of key material types in the solid state.

(LO2) Students will become familiar with a range of properties displayed by solids, particularly cooperative magnetism, ferroelectricity and multiferroicity, and how these relate to structure and symmetry.

(LO3) Student will be able to demonstrate a grasp of the importance of intercalation/insertion chemistry in energy storage applications (batteries).

(LO4) Students will develop the ability to relate fundamental concepts of diffraction, characterisation etc. in solid state chemistry to practical applications in energy storage and related materials.

(S1) Critical thinking (e.g. compare and contrast different energy storage devices and their advantageous and disadvantageous properties, scientific challenges etc.)

(S2) Self-study via reading and understanding suggested review articles

Protein Structure and Dynamics (CHEM452)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
Aims

The aim of this module is to discuss the application of basic physical chemistry concepts for describing protein structure and dynamics and to show how advanced physical chemistry methods are used for investigating these important aspects of proteins.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to discuss the importance of protein structure and dynamics for understanding biological processes.

(LO2) Ability to describe the experimental methods that are used to study structure, folding and fast dynamics of proteins.

(LO3) Ability to discuss the physical chemistry principles underlying these methods and apply the basic equations needed for the analysis of such data.

(LO4) Ability to describe and discuss some of the theoretical methods that are used to predict protein structure and and model protein folding/dynamics.

(LO5) Ability to analyse PDB-structure files and create meaningful graphical representations from these files.

(S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

Modelling of Functional Materials and Interfaces (CHEM454)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

• To provide students with an introduction to modern computational chemistry methods and concepts for functional materials and interfaces. These methods will include primarily density functional theory methods for electronic structure but also an orientation towards wave function methods and classical molecular dynamics methods combined with force fields.

• To understand how computational modelling can be used in research and development of functional materials and interfaces

• To be able to assess results from such computational modelling

• To prepare students to carry out competitive postgraduate research in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, and Functional Interfaces

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To describe the role and merits of wave function versus density methods

(LO2) To describe some basic concepts of density functional theory such as: exchange-correlation functionals including some of their shortcomings and Kohn-Sham states

(LO3) To gain a basic understanding of the behaviour of electrons in periodic structures: solids and interfaces

(LO4) To be able to apply tight binding/Huckel to some simple situations

(LO5) To describe what can be learnt from computation of total energies and forces

(LO6) To describe origin of interatomic and molecular forces and relate them to electronic structure

(LO7) To gain an understanding of force fields and their applicability

(LO8) To describe the basics of classical molecular dynamics and thermostats

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (CHEM474)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This is an advanced module that aims to introduce the student to modern nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic techniques and their applications in analytical chemistry. The students will be able to understand the basic physical principles of NMR and to decide how to use it to tackle a particular problem of molecules and materials characterisation.

In particular, the module will deal with- the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance, including modern methods for the determination of chemical structure and intermolecular interactions in complex organic molecules, polymers and solids.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, successful students should have gained an in-depth understanding of NMR and be able to explain the physical principles of these spectroscopies, analyse spectra and be able to discuss their suitability to address certain problems of materials characterisation.

(LO2) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to discuss the behaviour of nuclear spins and their ensembles in an external magnetic field and the influence of magnetic interaction on the appearance of NMR spectra.

(LO3) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to describe the structure of modern NMR spectrometers,explain the concepts of data acquisition and processing and show anunderstanding of chemical shift, magnetisation, rotating frame of reference,scalar coupling and basic pulse programming

(LO4) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to explain the origins of relaxation, the principles of the determination of T1 and T2 relaxation times, their calculation from NMRdata, and the relationship between relaxation and molecular motion

(LO5) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to explain the nuclear Overhauser effect and its use in analysis of complex organic molecules;-

(LO6) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to describe the main principles of one- and two dimensional experiments and interpret the spectra recorded for both liquids and solids

(LO7) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to explain the differences in acquisition of solution and solid-state NMR spectra and specific methods used for solids (magic angle spinning, cross-polarisation and decoupling);-

(LO8) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to describe experiments suitable for the analysis of internuclear connectivites, distances and mobility in organic and inorganicsolids

(LO9) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to critically compare different methods of spectroscopy and their suitability to tackle a particular problem in materials characterization

(LO10) By the end of the module, successful students should be able to critically evaluate the use of spectroscopy to support scientific conclusions based on literature

(S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive ability and skills, ie abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including problem solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement. In particular, at master's level, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

Application of Enzymes in Organic Synthesis - Industrial Biotechnology (CHEM486)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the application of enzymes and how to apply them in organic synthesis. Students will gain insight into modern methods of mutagenesis for enzyme optimisation and also cutting edge approaches to designing artificial enzymes and assemblage of cascade pathways for synthesis.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to understand how enzymes can be applied in organic synthesis.

(LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of how genes encode enzyme 3Dstructure

(LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to understand factors governing the selection of biocatalyst and biocatalyst type.

(LO4) By the end of the module, students should be show an understanding of cofactor requirements and recycling strategies in redox biotransformations.

(LO5) By the end of the module, students should show a knowledge of the advantages and limitations in the application of biocatalysts.

(LO6) By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of enzyme immobilization methods.

(LO7) By the end of the module, students should be able to show an understanding of basic molecular biology and use for mutagenesis and directed evolution methods to improve enzyme activity or selectivity.

(LO8) By the end of the module, students should have an appreciation of new approaches for creating artificial enzymes.

(LO9) By the end of this module studenst should be able to understand how enzyme reactions can be assembled into multistep cascade synthetic pathways

(S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills, i.e. abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including problem-solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement. In particular, at master's level, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

Chemical Nanotechnology (CHEM494)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce the student to some current problems and challenges of materials chemistry.
  • To provide the student with knowledge of important experimental methods in nanostructure research.
  • To create an appreciation for applied aspects of research in this area.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • Understand the concept of Self-assembly.
  • Have an overview of chemical and materials aspects of nanotechnology.
  • Be acquainted with metal, semiconductor and carbonaceous nanostructures.
  • Know the basics of TEM, STM and AFM
  • Be able to comment critically on prospective applications of nanostructured materials.
Asymmetric Catalysis for Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CHEM496)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the main aspects of asymmetric catalysis and its application in synthetic organic chemistry. Students will gain:
• An understanding of the importance of asymmetric catalysis.
• An understanding of the fundamental principles and mechanisms of asymmetric catalysis.
• An understanding of the applications of asymmetric catalysis in fine chemicals and pharmaceutical synthesis.
• An opportunity to consider new developments in the field, especially those that introduce new concepts and/or underpin new environmentally benign processes.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the importance of asymmetric catalysis in chemical synthesis.

(LO2) An understanding of the fundamental principles and mechanisms of asymmetric catalysis.

(LO3) A grasp of the various aspects of asymmetric catalysis ranging from metal-catalysed redox reactions through kinetic resolution to oranocatalytic C-C bond formation.

(LO4) An understanding of the applications of asymmetric catalysis in fine chemicals and pharmaceutical synthesis.

(LO5) An ability to evaluate the experimental evidence for and against a proposed mechanism for an asymmetric catalytic reaction

(LO6) An ability to propose a rational synthetic pathway for a specific chiral molecule

(LO7) An ability to propose a likely mechanism for a new asymmetric catalytic reaction.

(LO8) An opportunity to consider new developments in the field, especially those that feature new concepts and/or underpin new environmentally benign processes.

(S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills, i.e. abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including problem-solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement. In particular, at master's level, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Synthesis (CHEM338)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of the module is to present the synthesis and reactivity of the most important classes of heterocyclic compounds and to present case studies drawn from major drug classes.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students will have achieved a solid foundation in Organic Chemistry. In particular, they will be expected to be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of
* The structural features and reactivity of heterocyclic compounds, including stereochemistry.
* Some of the major synthetic pathways in heterocyclic chemistry, involving carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation, functional group interconversions and ring substitution.
* Awareness of the importance of heterocycles as key components in major drug classes and combinatorial libraries.
In addition, they will be able to give examples of their use in modern synthetic methodology and have an awareness of the importance of three-dimensional structure in Organic Chemistry.

Advanced Functional Organic Materials (CHEM342)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
Aims

The aims of the module are to:
• To demonstrate the relationship between structure and properties of organic materials
• To provide students with an understanding of some of the advanced characterisation techniques used for organic materials.
• To outline how computation can be used to guide synthesis of functional organic materials.
• To examine some examples of cutting-edge research organic materials research underway at the Department of Chemistry

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will obtain an understanding of how functional organic materials are synthesised and structure/property relationships.

(LO2) Students will understand how to select appropriate characterisation techniques for organic materials.

(LO3) Students will be able to explain how computation can be used to accelerate the development of functional organic materials.

(LO4) Students will be able outline how to design materials for specific applications.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Commercial awareness

(S3) Teamwork

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S6) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Further Physical Chemistry (mchem) (CHEM354)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of this module is to extend a student's knowledge of Physical Chemistry, in particular to demonstrate the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic models for physical chemical phenomena, the quantum mechanical description of chemical bonding and the physical chemistry of electrochemical cells, surfactants and colloids.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to show that they
* understand how macroscopic physical properties of a system are related to microscopic properties of molecules;
* understand bonding in molecules from quantum mechanical principles;
* have an understanding of the physical chemistry of ideal and real electrochemical cells;
* have an understanding of the physical chemistry of surfactants and colloids;
* are able to apply their knowledge of physical chemistry to solve unseen problems.

Catalysis (CHEM368)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of this module is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, background in catalysis across the traditional divides within chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module, students should:
* be able to speculate about possible reaction mechanisms given experimental observations.
* be able to recognize mechanistic parallels between chemical and biocatalytic processes.
* be aware of the most significant applications of organometallic catalysis be able to propose a likely mechanism for a new catalytic reaction and to propose experiments designed to confirm or refute their proposal.
* be able to evaluate the experimental evidence for and against a proposed mechanism for reaction that uses an organometallic catalyst.
* possess a realistic integrated understanding and knowledge of the basic principles of heterogeneous catalysis.
* be able to derive appropriate kinetic equations and models for catalytic reactions that may involve complicated reaction sequences.
* be aware of special effects which may influence selectivity when microporous solids are used as catalysts.

Chem382 - Biological Energy Conversion Processes (CHEM382)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

• To discuss how fundamental energy conversion in nature occurs by storage of energy in the form of concentration gradients across membranes.
• To introduce chemically pathways for the photosynthesis, respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle, fermentation
• To show the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to show a comprehension of energy conversion processes found in nature

(LO2) Students will be able to describe the important points relating to chemical processes in photosynthesis respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle and fermentation

(LO3) Student will be able to describe the significance of concentration gradients across membranes in biological systems.

(LO4) Students will be able to discuss the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors

Chem384 - Biorenewable Chemicals From Biomass (CHEM384)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

• To provide the students with basic knowledge of the chemistry of biomass and its applications.
• To develop the skills required to evaluate routes to biorenewable chemicals, taking into consideration current economic, technological and sustainability issues.
• To provide the students with an understanding of the current transformations that the chemical industry is undergoing and to enable them to identify potential business opportunities.
• To provide the students with updated knowledge and skills in an emerging industrial activity that will widen and enhance career options.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply nderstanding of the main biorefinity models

(LO2) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of Biomass composition and its sources

(LO3) The students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main systhetic routes to derive chemicals from biomass

(LO4) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the main biorefinity models

(LO5) The students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the sustainability issues associated with the use of biomass

(LO6) The students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main technologies, companies, industries, challenges and trends in the emerging bioeconomy

(LO7) The students should be able to identify and critically evaluate routes and opportunities to desired chemicals from biomass, taking into account pathways for commercialisation

(LO8) Students should be able to identify the potential applications of bioderived chemicals

(S1) skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data

(S2) the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,concepts, principles and theories relating to renewable chemicals and biomass transformations

(S3) skills in communicating scientific material and arguments

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S7) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S8) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S9) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

Introduction to Chemical Engineering for Chemists (CHEM396)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that typically deals with the large-scale manufacturing processes for converting raw materials into useful products. The main topics and even the language of chemical engineering are entirely foreign to most chemists. The main aim of this module is to give chemistry students an insight into the world of chemical engineering and to develop an understanding of the main topics of chemical engineering in a practical manner. This module will enable chemistry students to study and to understand interdisciplinary topics at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, and it will enable them to engage successfully in dialogue with chemical engineers about chemical problems. The students will also learn extensions of concepts that are familiar to them, typically from thermodynamics and kinetics, but from a very different angle. They will learn about the types of data needed by engineers and why such data are required. This module will certainly help the employability prospects of chemistry students who intend to work in industry after graduation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:
·         Mass and energy balances as fundamental operations in a process analysis procedure
·         Detailed process flowsheets
·         Mass, heat and momentum transfer
·         Chemical reaction kinetics and chemical reactor design
·         Fluid mechanics and measurement of flow rates
·         The calculation of design parameters, such as heat and mass transfer coefficients
·         Process control and project economics
·         Characteristics of separation processes
·         pumps and heat exchangers
·         Hazard studies and risk assessments

(S1) The students will gain the skills required to apply their knowledge to process information, solve problems and evaluate outcomes related to reaction engineering, transport processes and separation process.