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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Personalised Learning Unit 1.10

Unit code CHEM40111
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This personalised learning unit allows students to choose three (CHEM40111) or six (CHEM40121) segments of research-informed advanced chemistry topics.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introductory Chemistry CHEM10101 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Energy and Change CHEM10212 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Coordination Chemistry CHEM10312 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Reactivity and Mechanism CHEM10412 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Group Theory: Fundamentals and Applications CHEM20311 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Inorganic Chemistry CHEM20312 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Structure and reactivity of organic molecules CHEM20412 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Spectroscopy and Separations CHEM20611 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Core Chemistry 4 CHEM30312 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Core Chemistry 1 CHEM30411 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Core Physical Chemistry CHEM20212 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Organic Synthesis CHEM20411 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The over-arching aims of these modules is to prepare students for a professional or research career in Chemistry by expanding core chemistry knowledge into advanced, research-based topics to provide a wider and deeper understanding of particular areas of chemistry.

The key aims of each of the segments are:

Advanced NMR - introduce students to a range of advanced NMR methods and their applications to problems in chemistry, biochemistry and medicine.

Chemistry for Energy - introduce students to methods of electrochemical energy conversion and storage, which increasingly underpin modern society and have assumed increasing importance due to environmental and resource concerns

Contemporary Enzymology - provide a theoretical understanding of the molecular contributions to enzyme catalysis; provide a working knowledge of experimental and theoretical approaches used to study enzyme mechanism; outline modern strategies for creating enzymes with new functions.

Kinetic in Catalysis - provide students with advanced kinetic skills to interrogate reaction mechanisms and improve catalytic reactions by designing kinetic experiments and analysing the results.

Molecular Machines - introduce students to the principles and theory behind making and operating machines at the molecular level. The mechanisms behind biological molecular machines serve as inspiration for the design of synthetic systems

Light-induced Chemistry - introduce students to the concept of photochemical activation in organic synthesis and catalysis, particular emphasis will be given to approaches using visible-light.

Molecular Magnetism - introduce students to the fundamentals and applications of molecular magnetism.

Quantum Chemistry - introduce students to the quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) model of lattice vibrations (phonons) in solids and the applications of lattice dynamics in computational chemistry; introduce Quantum Chemical Topology (QCT), a theory that enables the extraction of chemical knowledge from modern wave functions.

Radiation Science - provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how fundamental radiation physics and chemistry are being applied to radiotherapy, nuclear industry processes and manufacturing of nanomaterials.

Synthetic Biology - introduce students to the basics of synthetic biology and its real world applications and social context driving the bioeconomy of the future.

Synchrotron Radiation Science - introduces students to the principles of interaction of powerful X-rays with materials and describes how these principles may then be exploited in crystallography and chemical analysis with information on valence states and local chemical environment at sub-micron resolution. Neutrons provide a complementary probe that is particularly sensitive and informative about light elements such as hydrogen, about magnetic structure and about atomic and molecular motion relevant to chemical diffusion and magnetic excitations.

Organic Electronics - introduce students to organic electronic and optoelectronic devices such as Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) and Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs).


Learning outcomes

A full list of Intended Learning Outcomes are located on Blackboard.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Problem solving, analytical skills, time management.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Each segment of the course will provide a minimum of 1 workshop/example class.

Lecturing staff will provide Office Hours during the course

After the exam marking is completed, students are able to view their examination scripts.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 21
Supervised time in studio/wksp 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 74.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Dryfe Unit coordinator

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