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MChem Chemistry with International Study

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Personalised Learning Unit 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM40111
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This personalised learning unit allows students to choose three 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
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 3 CHEM30211 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Core Chemistry 2 CHEM30311 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:

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

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.

Glycobiology – introduces students to chemical, enzyme and automated methods of preparing carbohydrates

Inorganic Applications of DFT – introduces students to a number of case studies where density functional theory has been applied to inorganic chemistry systems.

Learning outcomes

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

Extend ideas from core chemistry units from years 1, 2 and 3 to advanced topics
Describe and explain the concepts and application of each topic
Apply the concepts of the topic and extend these to synthesise new solutions
Rationalise and interpret data from each topic
Propose, and illustrate, outcomes of unseen extensions to the topic material

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.

Recommended reading

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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 21
Practical classes & workshops 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 71.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Dryfe Unit coordinator

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