MSc Chemistry

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Advanced Chemistry Topics I

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM60101
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit is divided into three parts;

Part A Physical Chemistry 

  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Potential Energy Surfaces and Transition State Theory
  • Photochemistry

Part B Polymer and Inorganic Chemistry

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • F-block Chemistry

Part C Organic Chemistry

  • Stereoselective Synthesis
  • Reactive Intermediates
  • Pericyclic Reactions


This unit aims to;

  • Present core physical chemistry courses on statistical thermodynamics, potential energy surfaces, photochemistry, and physical aspects of organic chemistry.
  • Equip students with the ability to do all of the things listed under learning outcomes for each of the 3 sections, on Polymer Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, and F-block Chemistry.
  • Develop further understanding of synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry with emphasis on reactive intermediates and elements of stereochemistry.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Problem-solving skills using qualitative and quantitative information
  • Analytical skills (understanding complex concepts and data interpretation)
  • Time management and organisational skills (ability to work independently and to work efficiently and effectively)

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Formative feedback will be provided by workshops/problem classes and online quizzes. Lecturing staff will also advertise office hours where students can seek clarification on the material taught.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 6
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 9
Independent study hours
Independent study 255

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Francis Mair Unit coordinator
Andrew Horn Unit coordinator
Daniele Leonori Unit coordinator

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