MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Personalised Learning Unit 1.20

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM40121
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 21/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  

Students answer 6 exam questions, any three of the following (11) units:

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.

Mass Spectrometry of Biological Systems - introduce students to methods of mass spectrometry which can be used to determine the structure of biomolecules.

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

Quantum Chemistry - introduce students to the quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) model of the 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 - introduct students to the basics of synthetic biology and its real world applications and social context driving the bioeconomy of the future.


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
Structure and Reactivity 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 unit aims 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.

Learning outcomes

A full list of Intended Learning Outcomes is available on Blackboard.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Evaluation of research literature and problem solving.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Workshop questions/answer sessions to be set by individual lecturers, coupled with quizzes on Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Specific reading material, including research articles will be provided separately for each segment.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Lectures 36
Practical classes & workshops 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 149

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Dryfe Unit coordinator

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