MSc Chemistry

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:

Unit code CHEM61022
Credit rating 90
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students indicate preferred projects from a set of descriptors provided in early December. Project supervisor assignments are made in early February. Subject to adequate performance in the taught modules, laboratory work starts in April. Oral presentation of project aims and progress, mid-June Project work is completed in early/mid-August and the completed dissertation report submitted in September.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Research and Communication Skills CHEM61000 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

  • Develop the ability to plan a research strategy
  • Carry out the planned research
  • Evaluate progress and adjust experimental methods as results become available.
  • Outline their project in an oral presentation
  • Write a fully referenced MSc dissertation.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Have developed expertise in the field of their project and dissertation.
  • Be able to plan and execute a research strategy.
  • Assess experimental results and formulate alternative strategies, when necessary.
  • Gained appropriate research level skills, knowledge and techniques relevant to the area of their project.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Write a fully referenced report.
  • Undertake a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy
  • Liaise with supervisor and other researchers to schedule work and manage time effectively.
  • Give an oral presentation of work to a small audience.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Timetabled meetings with project supervisor to discuss project background, progression, presentation and writing up, with feedback via oral and written comments.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Project supervision 640
Supervised time in studio/wksp 260
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Dryfe Unit coordinator

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