Chemistry with Research in Industry MChem

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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we are changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year One

This is identical to Year One of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme. You will take modules that cover the fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, plus key skills, totalling 90 credits. You will spend three to six hours per week in the laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the main group elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understanding of the periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements

    (LO2) Understanding of the crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids

    (LO3) Understanding of Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions

    (LO4) Understanding of Bronsted-Lowry acid-base concepts

    (LO5) Understanding of systematic chemistry of halides, hydrides and oxides of the main group elements

    (LO6) Understanding of the basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Planning and time-management associated with practical work

    (S3) Report writing

  • Introductory Organic Chemistry (CHEM130)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure and bonding, and the basic principles of static and dynamic stereochemistry. The major reactions associated with the common functional groups will be covered with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. In addition, this module will provide an introduction to the basic techniques associated with practical synthetic chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate a familiarity with:
    * Structures and shapes of major classes of organic compounds;
    * Principles of bonding in major classes of organic compounds;
    * Basic principles of stereochemistry;
    * Important reactions of a range of functional groups;
    * Major classes of reaction mechanisms.

    (LO2) By the end of the lab component, students will complete the basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (isolation, purification, identification, and design and work-up of reactions) and characterisation using spectroscopic techniques and chemical methods.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

  • Chem152 Introductory Physical Chemistry (CHEM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The main aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of basic kinetics and thermodynamics as they relate to chemical reactions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of basic ideas of energy changes in chemical reactions

    (LO2) By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of ideas relating to the rates of chemical reactions

    (LO3) By the end of the module students should have developed basic laboratory skills and be able to write simple experimental reports which include data and error analysis.

    (S1) By the end of the module students will have developed their problem solving skills

    (S2) By the end of the module students will have developed their organisational skills

    (S2) By the end of the module students will have developed their organisational skills

  • Introductory Spectroscopy (CHEM170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce modern spectroscopic methods in chemistry.

    Students will understand and be able to apply:
    o the importance of quantum mechanics in understanding atomic structure
    o the interaction of light with matter
    o atomic and molecular spectroscopy
    o information obtained from different spectroscopic techniques
    o the interpretation of spectroscopic data for deduction of molecular structure

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
    * an understanding of atomic structure.
    * an understanding of the fundamental principles behind rotational, vibrational, electronic spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
    * an understanding of the application of spectroscopic techniques to elucidate molecular structure.
    * the ability to apply this knowledge to real spectroscopic problems.

  • Key Skills for Chemists 1 (CHEM180)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    The aim of this module is:
    (i) to equip students with the basic quantitative transferable skills required for the first year of a Chemistry degree programme. (60% of module)
    (ii) to broaden a student's perspective of chemistry whilst developing their general transferable skills with a focus on communication and employability. (40% of module)

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Quantitative key skills: By the end of this module a successful student should be able to handle:
    * simple volumetric calculations as required for titrations in analytical chemistry
    * Basic algebraic manipulation and functions needed for kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * Elementary geometry required for the understanding of molecular shapes and solid state chemistry
    * The representation of data via graphs, particularly straight line graphs, and the manipulation of data in spreadsheet programs for data analysis
    * The basic idea of a derivative and an integral for use in physical chemistry

    (LO2) General key skills:  By the end of this module a successful student will understand:
    * basic aspects of working safely in a chemistry laboratory
    * aspects of chemical research
    * the importance of chemistry in the development of our society
    * chemical databases
    * the need for academic integrity
    * how chemistry can contribute to their transferable skills

    (S1) successful students will have developed their:
    * investigative, critical, writing and presentation skills
    * chemical database skills
    * employability skills

Year One Optional Modules

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;

    How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;

    How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;

    How the atmosphere and ocean vary together in affecting the present and past climate system.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and Understanding

    a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

    b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

    c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.

    d. Gain an awareness of policies and strategies to move towards achieving net zero carbon on a national stage.

    (LO2) Intellectual Abilities

    a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate systemb.

    b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.

    (LO3) Subject Based Practical Skills

    a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

    b. Understand the use of units and dimensions.

    (LO4) General Transferable Skills

    a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.

    d. Group work.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Digital fluency : ability to think critically and make balanced judgments, and use digital platforms to collaborate and communicate.

  • Foundations of Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM141)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of:
    1. The key components of cells that act as the building blocks for the key macromolecular structures that are essential in medicinal chemistry.
    2. How macromolecules interact with each other to allow for natural cellular processes (such as gene expression) that can be exploited by medicinal chemists.
    3. The key drug targets in medicinal chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the chemical components of cells.

    (LO2) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure, chemical bonding and interactions of a range of cellular macromolecules that allow natural cellular processes to occur

    (LO3) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key drug targets in medicinal chemistry, including enzymes, receptors and nucleic acids

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials (CHEM184)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of:
    1. The underlying principles of the chemistry of electrochemical storage devices (batteries, supercapacitors) and energy conversion devices (fuel cells).
    2. The fundamentals of solar energy conversion including photovoltaics and artificial solar synthesis.
    3. How chemistry impacts strongly on everyday devices - using the "smart phone" as an illustrative example to introduce concepts of modern displays (liquid crystal, organic LED), coating technology and transistors.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
    * simple chemical and electrochemical reactions
    * the relationship between fundamental materials properties and technological applications
    * the role of chemistry in complex multidisciplinary technologies
    * basic principles of battery/supercapacitor electrochemistry - such as the electric double layer
    * calculation of theoretical specific energies and energy densities
    * challenges and goals of research in energy storage/conversion devices
    * intercalation of ions into host structures
    * the basic principle of operation of a fuel cell
    * basic theory of semiconductors
    * different classes of photovoltaic devices
    * basic principles of an artificial leaf
    * the chemical technologies involved in the realisation of the "smart phone"
    * liquid crystalline state and optical anisotropy
    * the origin of electrical conductivity

    (S1) A student will be able to demonstrate the following skills:
    * self-study - via independent reading of suggested review articles

    (S2) * critical thinking - for example there are many different energy storage devices with advantageous and disadvantageous properties and scientific challenges to overcome - and the students ability to evaluate material presented to them can be assessed by short essay question in the examination

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology (LIFE106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with a grounding in the concepts and principles that underlie human systems biology;

    Introduce the concepts of interactions of drugs and other exogenous chemicals on biological processes;

    Develop concepts of drug absorption and the relationship between chemical structure and drug action;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology and pharmacology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in these disciplines.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:
    Describe homeostasis and its maintenance;

    (LO2) Define osmosis and hydrostatic pressure;

    (LO3) Outline the fundamentals of membrane potentials and how they are influenced;

    (LO4) Explain the roles played in various body systems in organism maintenance.

    (LO5) Distinguish how body systems interact in response to external stressors

    (LO6) Define the way in which pharmacology is studied and drugs are developed

    (LO7) Describe the properties of receptors

    (LO8) Identify the chemical interactions between drugs and receptors

    (LO9) Define and use the terms absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs

  • Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists. To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus

    (LO2) Familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science

    (LO3) An introductory knowledge of functions of several variables

    (LO4) Manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers

    (LO5) An introductory knowledge of series

    (LO6) A good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Principles of Archaeology (ALGY101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the various theoretical tools, field methods and laboratory techniques that archaeologists use to study and interpret the past;

    To acquaint students with the types of data archaeologists collect, and how they analyse and interpret these data in order to reconstruct and understand past societies;

    To develop the student's intellectual skills in terms of knowledge acquisition, research, written and visual communication as well as group work and reflexive evaluation (both self and peer evaluation).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire essential subject-based knowledge.

    (LO2) Become familiar with scientific equipment, techniques and materials that are used and analysed by applied archaeological science.

    (LO3) Become aware of the relevance of the materials, methods and arguments presented in the module for the study of the past in diverse archaeological contexts.

    (LO4) Become familiar with the main schools of thought and intellectual debates involved in the study, and the critical analysis of specific archaeological subjects, research questions and case-studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S8) Research skills - All Information skills

Programme Year Two

This is again identical in structure to the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme, with more advanced modules in theoretical and laboratory chemistry and 30 credits of optional modules chosen from either chemistry or another department. During this year, students will be seeking their industrial placements and so you will also receive help in writing an attractive CV to showcase your skills and interview technique, with mock interviews being provided.

During this year, students will be seeking their industrial placements and so you will also receive help in writing an attractive CV to showcase your skills and in interview technique, with mock interviews being provided

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of the D-block Metals (CHEM214)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aims of the module are:
    • To outline how bonding theories (crystal field, ligand field) have been developed by chemists to rationalise important properties of the d–block elements and to introduce the theory underlying the use of appropriate physical and spectroscopic techniques for characterising d–block complexes, and examples of their application.
    • To illustrate the chemistry of the transition elements by a detailed study of three d-block triads and introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of complexes in low oxidation states.
    • To explain the mechanisms by which transition metal complexes exchange ligands.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of transition-metal chemistry
    • Show an understanding of the concepts, applications and limitations of the different bonding theories relevant to transition-metal complex chemistry, and be aware of their relative relevance in different chemical contexts.
    • Be able to identify key elements of the structures of transition-metal complexes, and apply their knowledge of spectroscopic and physical techniques to work out the correct structure for a complex, given relevant chemical and spectroscopic information.
    • Be able to describe the social, economic and technological importance of selected transition elements.
    • Understand and be able to describe the significance of the syntheses, characterisation and chemistry of 3d metal complexes
    • Understand the origin of the 18-electron rule, its application and the sort of complexes to which it applies.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ligand field and other factors in determining how metal complexes undergo ligand exchange.
    • Appreciate the bonding of different organic fragments to transition metals and how a variety of physical measurements can be used to substantiate these ideas.

  • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to: Identify symmetry elements in molecules Assign molecules to their correct point groups Use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to identify symmetry elements in molecules

    (LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to assign molecules to their correct point groups

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding

  • Key Skills for Chemists 2 (CHEM280)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims

    1. To further develop the quantitative skills of a student, through more advanced skills in the application of mathematics, physics and information technology applicable to the second year of an undergraduate degree in chemistry.
    2. To introduce students to the use of Molecular Modelling in Chemistry
    3. To further develop a student's general transferable skills in oral and written communication and team working.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The overarching learning outcome is that students will gain the necessary key skills to perform well in their chemistry degree programmes.

    (LO2) Quantitative key skills: By the end of the module a successful student will have improved their ability to:
    * perform basic calculus (integral and differential) as applied to kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * use partial differentiation in general problems and to categorise stationary points in functions of more than one variable
    * apply algebraic manipulation in kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * apply the algebra of complex numbers in quantum mechanics problems
    * use basic matrix vector algebra
    * solve simple eigenvalue problems and compute determinants of small matrices

    (LO3) Molecular Modelling skills: By the end of this module, a successful student will have gained:
    * a qualitative understanding of ab initio, semi-empirical and empirical models, knowing which model is suitable for a particular type of problem.
    * the ability to predict the ground state energy and structure of isolated molecules (not too complicated) and estimate equilibrium constants (ΔH = ΔE) for simple reactions
    * the ability to rationalise some aspects of reactivity (charge density, frontier orbitals).
    * some experience of modelling intermolecular forces and complexes.

    (LO4) General Key Skills: by the end of this module, a successful student will have engaged in team-based activities and developed a range of new transferable and employability skills applicable to further study and wider employment.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) Students will have further developed their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills as highlighted in the QAA Chemistry benchmark statement including (i) the ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems ; (ii) skills in the practical applications of theory using computer software and models; (iii) skills in communicating scientific material and arguments; (iv) information technology and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.

    (S7) Students will have generic skills developed in the context of chemistry that are of a general nature and applicable in many other contexts as highlighted in the QAA Chemistry benchmark statement including (i)communication skills (written and oral); (ii) problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information; (iii) numeracy and mathematical skills; (iv) information retrieval skills; (v) ICT skills; (vi) interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team-working; (viii) time management and organisational skills.

  • Chem246 - Measurements in Chemistry (CHEM246)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to instruct students in the practice of taking physical measurements, the critical analysis and evaluation of experimental data, the application of measurements to the study of chemical phenomena and the dissemination of results.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to
    1. Take physical measurements of varying complexity using a wide range of experimental techniques;
    2. Assess the risks involved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner;
    3. Choose appropriate methods for the analysis of data;
    4. Analyse experimental data using graphs, spreadsheets and linear regression;
    5. Assess the accuracy and significance of experimental results;
    6. Apply the results of physical measurement to the interpretation of chemical phenomena;
    7. Combine units and perform a dimensional analysis;
    8. Have experience of the application of spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, NMR and mass spectrometry) in the characterization of organometallic and inorganic compounds;
    9. Organise and plan their time effectively.

  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions within a mechanistic and synthetic framework, together with exposure to a selection of stereochemical issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to solve problems featuring:
    * Scope and mechanisms of basic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions, addition and elimination reactions).
    * Basic carbonyl chemistry (alkylation, acylation, aldol, conjugate additions).
    * Structure, reactivity and synthesis of simple heterocycles (including pyridines, pyrroles, furans).
    * Functional group interconversions and stereochemistry.

    (S1) The critical thinking and problem solving involved in drawing mechanisms and routes for the synthesis of unfamiliar molecules from given starting compounds (a precursor to retrosynthetic analysis)

  • Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation (CHEM245)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to present a unified approach to the synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will build on techniques introduced in the first year laboratory courses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will complete a number of different experiments and synthetic techniques across synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry.

    (LO2) Students will appreciate how spectroscopic techniques can be used in the characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will be able to use analytical and spectroscopic methods to characterise their synthesised compounds.

    (LO3) Students will make use of scientific databases during some assignments and an electronic report.

    (LO4) Students will assess the risks involved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner.

    (LO5) Students should be able to organise and plan their time effectively

    (LO6) Students will experience working collaboratively with others in multiple learning environments

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Teamwork

  • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM260)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To explain the application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions.
    • To reinforce the basic ideas on factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions and quantify the kinetics.
    • To provide an introduction into basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
    • To advance knowledge of quantitative analysis of molecular spectra.
    • To make students familiar with the basic ideas of photochemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and how they can be applied to thermochemical calculations

    (LO2) Show ability to employ the methods of chemical kinetics to describe and analyse the time-dependence of chemical processes.

    (LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, including operators and wavefunctions, and their application to simple systems.

    (LO4) Show an understanding of different types of molecular energy levels, the forms of spectroscopy which involve transitions between them, and how molecular quantities can be extracted from the spectra.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Numeracy/computational skills - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts

    (S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers

    (S5) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

Year Two Optional Modules

  • An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM248)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin modern medicinal chemistry, including an introduction to targets for drug action, methods of administration, qualitative and quantitative SAR, computer aided molecular design, solid phase chemistry /combinatorial chemistry. The course will also introduce approaches to the design of high quality hits using parameters such as Ligand Efficiency, Lipophilic Ligand Efficiency, Property Forecast Indexing and will provide some introductory carbohydrate chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module students are expected to have acquired an understanding of
    * the principle bonding interactions in drug receptor interactions.
    * The basic concepts of structure activity relationships (SAR) and quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR)
    * the principles behind computer aided molecular design and 3-D QSAR
    * Peptide synthesis, protecting groups and combinatorial chemistry
    * optimal properties of small molecule leads
    * basic carbohydrate chemistry
    and will be able to use these concepts and principles to solve simple problems in medicinal chemistry.

    (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, they will gain the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.

    (S2) Communication skills through online Teams Meetings

    (S3) Organisational skills

  • Applied Analytical Chemistry (CHEM286)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide students with an understanding of the applications of various analytical techniques and their role in modern research. This module will demonstrate the fundamental theoretical principles of selected instrumental analytical techniques (NMR spectroscopy, mass-spectrometry, ICP-OE(MS) spectroscopy, separation and hyphenated techniques) in the context of their roles in industrial and academic research, to include chemical and pharmaceutical analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be able to recognise the current trends in the application of the instrumental analytical methods

    (LO2) Demonstrate awareness of the theoretical concepts of NMR spectroscopy, Mass-Spectrometry, Chromatography, hyphenated techniques GC/HPLC-MS, and ICP-based methods

    (LO3) To be able to choose an appropriate technique in order to evaluate the structure, properties and potential applications of materials, or a multi-technique approach to find the solution of a selected experimental problem

    (S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive ability and skills, relating to intellectual tasks, including problem solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement.

    (S2) Students will improve their confidence in scientific communication and develop presentation skills of analytical data

  • Chem284 - Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies (CHEM284)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
    • To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
    • To illustrate the central role of metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
    • To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
    • To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of sustainable development and 'green' chemistry

    (LO2) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

    (LO3) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of 'green' chemistry

    (LO4) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

    (LO5) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    (S1) Organisational skills

  • Functional Organic Materials (CHEM241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to:
    • Provide students with an understanding of how synthetic polymers are synthesised and characterised.
    • Enable students to understand the relationship between the structure and properties of organic materials.
    • Develop knowledge on some important characterisation techniques used for organic materials.
    • Give the students an insight into some of the organic materials research ongoing at the University of Liverpool.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to; name common monomers and polymers, describe different synthetic routes to produce polymers and discuss basic characterisation of synthetic polymers.

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand how to characterise organic crystalline and porous materials.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how functional organic materials are synthesised, and show an understanding of the relationship between the structure and properties of a material.

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

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

    (S4) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essentials facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to functional organic materials

    (S5) The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution

  • Science Communication (CHEM390)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to:

    • Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team-working
    • Provide classroom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career
    • Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers
    • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation
    • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activities within Merseyside

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles

    (LO2) Have an understanding of the widening participation agenda

    (LO3) Ability to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering sessions

    (LO4) be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

    (LO5) have experience of planning and delivery of a project

    (LO6) How to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery of a project

    (LO7) have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    (S1) have experience of team working

Programme Year Three

Your third year will be spent on a paid industrial placement. Since you will be returning from placement into the fourth year of the MChem programme, you also need to cover the core chemistry of the regular Year Three. This is done in specially developed distance learning modules supported by recorded lectures and special tutorial assignments. You will be required to write a final report on your research and performance during the year in industry, and this will contribute part of your mark for the year.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Chemistry (distance Learning) (CHEM340)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    The overall aim of this module is to consolidate and extend second year knowledge of Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry.

    Organic: Year 2 synthetic chemistry is extended to cover pericyclic reactions, rearrangements and fragmentations, radical reactions and synthesis of alkenes. Basic concepts and techniques of physical organic chemistry are explained concurrently, including free energy diagrams and kinetic analysis of common mechanisms.

    Inorganic: Year 2 inorganic chemistry is extended to
    • Enhance students' understanding of the fundamental nature of ordered crystalline solids
    • Develop the concept that the structure of materials impacts 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.

    Physical: To demonstrate the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic models for physical chemical phenomena and the physical chemistry of electrochemical cells, surfactants and colloids.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Organic learning outcomes:
    *  Demonstrate a good understanding of the core synthetic reactions covered and their mechanisms.
    * Be able to deduce mechanisms on the basis of kinetic and other evidence.

    Inorganic learning outcomes:
    * Understand and describe the characteristics of the crystalline solid state
    * Be able to perform simple analyses of powder X-ray diffraction data
    * Describe the factors affecting the crystal structures formed by ionic compounds
    * Understand that solid structures directly influences the physical and functional properties of materials, and describe examples
    * Understand the solid-state electronic structure of inorganic materials
    * Understand the microscopic origins of magnetism, and describe the mechanisms which lead to collective magnetic behaviour
    * Interpret magnetic data and classify types of inorganic magnetic materials.
    * Recognise the uses of magnetic materials.

    Physical learning outcomes:
    * Understand how macroscopic physical properties of a system are related to microscopic properties of molecules.
    * Understand how to derive thermodynamic variables from the energy levels available to a set of particles (molecules, electrons, photons).
    * Have an understanding of the physical chemistry of ideal and real electrochemical cells.
    * Have an understanding of the physical chemistry of surfactants and colloids.
    * Be able to apply their knowledge of physical chemistry to solve unseen problems.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Information skills - Critical reading

  • Chem360 - Year in Industry (mchem) (CHEM360)
    Level3
    Credit level90
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this module is to provide students with experience of working in an industrial environment to gain new laboratory and soft skills

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The students will have acquired new practical experiencre as appropriate to the placement

    (LO2) The student will acquire knowledge of new chemistry based on the requirements of the placement

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S7) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S8) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

Year Three Optional Modules

  • 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.

Programme Year Four

On returning from industry, you enter the fourth year of the MChem Chemistry programme. This final year of your programme will be dominated by your chemical research project which accounts for 60 of the 120 credits. You will choose which branch of chemistry you wish to pursue research in (and usually also which research group you wish to be in), and work throughout the year on original research at the frontiers of chemistry.

You will choose four chemistry modules each semester that best reflect your interests and the second semester theoretical modules are all optional courses based on research themes in the Department.

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Chem480 - Chemical Research Project (CHEM480)
    LevelM
    Credit level60
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to develop the specific and generic skills necessary to undertake independent research in chemistry. This is achieved by carrying out a research project in an area of chemical research that is presently active in the department.

    In addition, the module aims to advance students' skills in molecular modelling techniques and chemical database skills, which are crucial in all areas of chemistry, and their employability skills. The general aims of this component of the module are:
    • To introduce students to further molecular modelling techniques, so that they can apply molecular modelling software in studies of a variety of chemical systems.
    • To ensure that students can choose the appropriate modelling technique for a given system and are able to perform calculations and interpret the data from the calculations.
    • To remind students of chemical literature, References, Referencing, Databases, Chemical search strategy, Text based searches (Web of Science), Boolean operators, Wildcards, structure based searches (Reaxys).
    • To introduce students to other aspects of the chemical literature, such as Patents, Scifinder, the Chemical Database Service and crystallographic databases.
    • To enhance students employability skills concerning career planning, skills review and skills profiling.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module, students will have:
    • Acquired advanced laboratory and/or computational/theoretical skills.
    • Developed the ability to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes.
    • Acquired competence in the planning, design and execution of experiments.
    • Acquired the ability to use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform the planning of future work.
    • Acquired time-management and organisational skills.

    (LO2) By the end of the molecular modelling section of the module, successful students will:
    • Be able to predict the ground state energy and structure of isolated molecules (for relatively simple systems).
    • Be able to estimate equilibrium constants, rate constants and calculate transition states for simple reactions.
    • Be able to rationalise some aspects of reactivity (e.g. charge density, frontier orbitals).
    • Be able to identify an appropriate molecular modelling method relevant to their research project.

    (LO3) By the end of the chemical database section of the module, a successful student will have gained:
    • the ability to perform chemical literature searches based on text and structure based searching;
    • the ability to appropriately reference a scientific document;
    • knowledge and ability to view and extract structural information from X-ray structures.

    (LO4) By the end of the employability section of the module, a successful student will have constructed a personalised action plan of their own employability priorities and engaged with a new activity to address their priorities.

    (S1) Communication skills (oral, written, following instructions/protocols/procedures, academic writing, report writing, communicating to an audience, visual)

    (S2) Time and project management skills (personal organisation, project planning)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving (critical analysis, evaluation, problem identification, creative thinking)

    (S4) Skills in working in groups and teams (group action planning, listening, respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others)

    (S5) Information skills (critical reading, evaluation, information accessing, record keeping)

    (S6) Research skills (information skill, awareness of /commitment to academic integrity, developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, using data, applying research methods, applying ethics)

    (S7) Information Technology skills (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S8) Numeracy/computational skills (reason with numbers/mathematical concepts, confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers, problem solving)

    (S9) Personal attributes and qualities (resilience, initiative, flexibility/adaptability, willingness to take responsibility, self-efficacy, integrity)

    (S10) Improving own learning/performance (reflection, self-awareness/self-analysis, action planning)

    (S11) Literacy (ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning)

    (S12) Media literacy (online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media)

    (S13) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    (S14) Ethical awareness

Year Four Optional Modules

  • 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 three 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;

    - X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and its application to determine the chemical composition of interfaces.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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 X-ray photoelectron 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

  • Application of Enzymes in Organic Synthesis - Industrial Biotechnology (CHEM486)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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, 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 Catalysis for Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CHEM496)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 understand 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

  • Lanthanoid and Actinoid Chemistry (CHEM411)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

  • Main Group Organic Chemistry (CHEM431)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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.

  • 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

  • Nano Energy Materials (CHEM482)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of the module are:
    • To provide an introduction of the application of nanomaterials in energy systems
    • To show how nanomaterials have wide use relevant to catalysis, plasmonic heating, thermal and hydrogen energy storage materials.
    • To illustrate fundamental material aspects of carbons in energy storage
    • To introduce basic semiconductor materials used for energy storage
    • To demonstrate some routine methods of nanoparticle synthesis

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to describe the desirable material properties in metals, polymers, inorganic salts, semiconductors and carbons for energy harvesting and storage.

    (LO2) Ability to discuss the advantages of nanomaterials in energy generation, thermal and hydrogen energy storage systems making logical conclusions.

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate the application of nanomaterials in the diverse energy systems.

    (LO4) Ability to show understanding of different chemical processes in thermal and electrical energy storage

    (LO5) Ability to discuss principles and limitations of nanomaterials in renewable energy storage.

  • 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.

  • Organic and Molecular Electronics (CHEM413)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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.

  • Protein Structure and Dynamics (CHEM452)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    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

  • Solar Energy Conversion (CHEM464)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To impart knowledge on the underpinning theory of electronic structure of solids relevant to solar energy conversion and to demonstrate the application of these fundamental concepts in applied solar energy conversion technologies

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Show an ability to describe - and provide evidence for understanding of - the electronic structure of solids in terms of bands.

    (LO2) Show understanding of electronic structure as a function of reciprocal space (bands) and energy (density of states).

    (LO3) Show ability to describe the electronic structure of semiconductors and demonstrate how that relates to applications in solar energy conversion

    (LO4) Show understanding of transport in semiconductors in terms of electrons and holes, and how they are created and destroyed in the process of photoexcitation

    (LO5) Show ability to describe minimum device requirements for solar photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical devices and to reproduce the structure and relevant energy diagrams for p-n Si devices and photoanodes and photocathodes.

    (LO6) Show an ability to discuss the principles and limitations of selected 2nd, 3rd generation PV technologies

    (LO7) Show an ability to apply equations to calculate carrier properties, cell efficiencies and optical properties.

  • 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

  • Supramolecular Chemistry (CHEM446)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Supramolecular chemistry deals with the interactions between molecules and has become one of the fundamental areas of chemical research. The aims of the module are to introduce and develop the students’ knowledge of the chemistry of molecular assemblies and intermolecular bonds, or "chemistry beyond the molecule". The module will introduce the concepts of non-covalent chemistry, host-guest chemistry, molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-organisation. The module also aims to develop the students' knowledge of how to characterise supramolecular complexes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module the students will be knowledgeable of non-covalent bonding such as hydrogen-bonding, ion-ion interactions, ion-dipole interactions, van der Waals forces, pi-pi stacking interactions, solvatophobic forces etc. with respect to  supramolecular chemistry. able to describe, understand and rationalise a range of supramolecular assemblies

    (LO2) Students will be able to show understanding of the underlying principles of complementarity, preorganisation, and cooperative interactions with respect to supramolecular chemistry, and be able to rationalise the characteristics of binding in a given supramolecular complex with respect to these three key concepts.

    (LO3) Students will be able to describe, show understanding of and rationalise a range of supramolecular assemblies, including their formation, their behaviour, and their applications in the context of supramolecular chemistry.

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain the principles of solvent effects on supramolecular complexes, why and how solvents affect the strength of supramolecular interactions, and design potential supramolecular hosts taking these principles into account.

    (LO5) Students will be able to evaluate which characterisation method is suitable for a given supramolecular complex (including NMR, ITC, MS, UV/Vis titration), and explain what the data show for each method.

    (LO6) Students will be able to comment critically on and synthesise a summary of the key messages from a recent research paper describing applications for supramolecular complexes.

  • Asymmetric Synthesis and Synthetic Strategy (CHEM433)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

  • Applied Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of Natural Products in Industry (CHEM436)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to demonstrate the application of organic chemistry for the industrial synthesis of key organic building blocks (petrochemicals), biosynthesis and industrial synthesis of important classes of natural compounds. It will also highlight the history of discovery and applications of an array of notable natural products.

    Learning Outcomes

    (L7-1) Ability to demonstrate knowledge of important classes of natural compounds and their main applications in medicine, agriculture, food and perfume industry

    (L7-2) Ability to show understanding of key factors underpinning sustainable industrial organic synthesis

    (L7-3) Ability to demonstrate knowledge of main industrial pathways for the generation of basic organic building blocks from natural resources (petroleum and natural gas)

    (L7-4) Ability to demonstrate knowledge of important biosyntheses and industrial syntheses of a range of natural compounds

    (L7-5) Ability to apply knowledge of organic chemistry and catalysis to understanding of important industrial organic transformations

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Laboratory classes in Years One and Two prepare you for independent laboratory work in Years Three and Four. In Year Three you will carry out mini research projects, while in Year Four you will carry out research alongside PhD and postdoctoral researchers on cuttingedge projects, often leading to a first scientific publication. Computational modelling and molecular visualisation are introduced as interactive animated models from Year One, reinforced as a key skill in later years and by Year Four of MChem programmes you will be able to perform your own calculations to underpin final year research projects.


Assessment

You are assessed by examination at the end of each semester (January and May/June) and by continuous assessment of laboratory practicals, class tests, workshops, tutorials and assignments. You have to pass each year of study before you are allowed to progress to the following year. Re-sit opportunities are available in September at the end of Years One and Two. If you take an industrial placement, a minimum standard of academic performance is required before you are allowed to embark on your placements. You are expected to perform at a 2:1 level if you wish to continue on a MChem programme. All years of study (with the exception of Year One) contribute to the final degree classification.