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MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
MChem Yr4 Project Execution

Unit code CHEM42600
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students studying in the 4th year of an MChem programme will undertake a major individual research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.  Students will be associated with a research group and will be supported by regular meetings with the project supervisor.

Given the varied nature of the research projects the type of work will differ between students.


This two-semester project exposes students to:

  • Developing a research project with appropriate supervision;
  • Writing a detailed scientific report with full bibliography;
  • Presentation and viva voce (oral examination) on the project work.

Literature-based projects are not allowed.

Learning outcomes

  • Undertake a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy
  • Produce an detailed scientific report on their research
  • Display their knowledge of the research topic and defend their course of investigation in an oral examination.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Practical skills assessment 100%

Feedback methods

In addition to regular informal meetings with the supervisor and research group, there are 6 formal meetings which are specifically designed for feedback on practical work, written work and preparation for presentation and viva.

Recommended reading

Dependent on the project undertaken

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 105.6
Project supervision 6.6
Independent study hours
Independent study 87.8

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Webb Unit coordinator

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