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MChem Chemistry with International Study

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM40121
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit allows students to study three segments of research-informed advanced analytical 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 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 in analytical 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.

Mass Spectrometry of Biological Systems – introduces students to the application of mass spectrometry to real-world examples from health and structural biology.

Surface Analysis - introduces students to the fundamentals of surface science and the techniques used to gain atomic-scale understanding of surface chemistry.

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 analytical method
Apply the concepts of the topics and extend these to synthesise new understanding
Rationalise and interpret data from each analytical method
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 2
Lectures 21
Practical classes & workshops 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 149

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Dryfe Unit coordinator

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