Chemistry

Learn more about the modules study abroad students can take at the School of Chemistry.

Module codeCH0001
LevelL3
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module introduces basic descriptions of elemental properties and the periodic table, solid and molecular structures and bonding, and relates these to the electronic structure of atoms. The mole as a unit is introduced so that a quantitative treatment of stoichiometry can be considered. Practical work introduces the use and handling of basic chemical equipment, and illustrates the behaviour of simple chemical substances.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 30%
  • Class test: 10%
Module codeCH0002
LevelL3
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module provides the basis for a quantitative understanding of (i) the kinetic theory of gases (which is developed to consider the nature of liquids and solids); (ii) equilibria and the concepts of the equilibrium constant and of pH; (iii) energy changes in chemical reactions and the fundamental principles of thermodynamics; (iv) the rates of chemical reactions and the concepts of the rate determining step and the activation energy.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 30%
  • Class test: 10%
Module codeCH0003
LevelL3
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module introduces the main types of organic compounds by reference to simple systems and to specific compounds of biological, medicinal, and dental importance. The more important reactions of each of these types are described, and are explained in terms of the electronic structure of the functional groups involved. The practical work illustrates the basic techniques involved in the preparation, isolation, and purification of organic compounds.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 30%
  • Class test: 10%
Module codeCH0004
LevelL3
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module covers: some basic chemistry of hydrogen and selected elements from the periodic table; simple coordination chemistry of metal ions in solution; the ideas of oxidation and reduction in relation to oxidation state changes and electron transfer; principles and practice of quantitative analysis.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 30%
  • Class test: 10%
Module codeCH2112
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module introduces the fundamental, theoretical and practical concepts of forensic chemistry. It will explain some of the key concepts relating to the classification of drugs, toxicological investigations, trace and contact evidence, body fluid analyses, and the use of modern analytical instruments in forensic chemistry.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2115
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module will look at the origins of the elements from the Big Bang onwards including nuclear synthesis within stars and supernovae. The formation of the first elements and the beginning of chemistry will be followed by an examination of the abundances of the various elements in both stars and planets, including a look at the atmospheric compositions of planets with emphasis on the Earth and our solar system.  We will then take a look at how life may have evolved from the pre-biotic soup on ancient Earth (or elsewhere) and examine just what life *is* and how it may have come about with a discussion on current theories on how life may have first evolved and how early life forms may have manifested.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2116
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This is a basic module introducing the fundamental ideas and methods in mathematics needed by students of chemistry. It is designed for students whose mathematical background has not developed past GCSE or an equivalent level and will include a significant amount of practice of the theory presented. Topics include algebra, data-handling by graphical methods, indices and logarithms, simultaneous equations, trigonometry, differentiation (maxima and minima), integration (areas under curves), and errors.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeCH2117
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module discusses the chemistry of the environment, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Particular attention is devoted to the causes and effects of pollution in the environment, such as smog, acid rain, global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution, and the methods used for pollution control.  Furthermore, the physical and chemical properties of water and soils are examined in detail, with particular emphasis on their environmental impact.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2118
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module is concerned with chemical aspects of the production and utilisation of energy. It includes discussion of a range of energy sources, and the materials required for their exploitation.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2301
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This is a module of practical work, designed to familiarise learners with advanced research techniques used for experiments of a synthetic and/or instrumental nature, and with professional applications of information technology.

The module will also include exercises designed to develop skills in entrepreneurship, critical analysis, problem-solving, oral and written communication, and to enhance students’ employability.

Assessment

  • Practical-based assessment: 90%
  • Written assessment: 10%
Module codeCH2306
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module of practical work develops and applies principles and techniques learnt in CH2301. New experimental techniques appropriate to synthetic and instrumental projects will be explored and the relationship between theory and experiment will be illustrated in a number of practically based problem-solving exercises.

Assessment

  • Practical-based assessment: 90%
  • Presentation: 10%
Module codeCH2310
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module illustrates the wide range of catalysis and its relevance to industry and environmental matters, describes the mechanisms involved in catalysis at the molecular level, and illustrates the techniques available for the study of these processes.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH2317
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module discusses the activity of enzymes: the chemistry of cofactors, the chemical consequences of interactions of multiple enzymes in biochemical pathways, primary metabolism, the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and applications in medicinal chemistry.

This module illustrates how fundamentals of chemical structure and reaction mechanisms can be applied to the detailed understanding of biosynthesis. Principles of enzyme catalysis and cofactor chemistry will be discussed. This will lead to the connection of multiple enzymatic reactions in metabolic pathways. Examples of biosynthesis of natural products from primary and secondary metabolism will be introduced. Concepts for interference with biochemical pathways in medicinal chemistry will be described.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH2325
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module consists of a supervised research project. This may be in any area of practical or theoretical chemistry. The topics are allocated from a list to which all staff contribute, following student preference as far as possible. The project is completed by a written report which is followed by an oral examination.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2325
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module consists of a supervised research project. This may be in any area of practical or theoretical chemistry. The topics are allocated from a list to which all staff contribute, following student preference as far as possible. The project is completed by a written report which is followed by an oral examination.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits40

This module is taken by MChem students who spent their third year in industry or abroad. It consists of a supervised research project spread over two semesters, selected from a portfolio prepared by members of staff from their own research interests. The work will include new studies, a literature survey, and preparation of a project report which will be examined orally. Candidates will also present a mid-project research colloquium.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits40

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits40

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH3101
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

The aims of this module are to present the essential mathematical and physical background needed to explain key concepts in physical chemistry. The first part of the module therefore provides the student with the essential mathematical treatments and machinery required to understand the concepts in the latter part of the module. The module aims to provide the student with an understanding of how properties and events at the atomic level lead to changes and processes that can be measured at a macroscopic level.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 10%
Module codeCH3102
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

In this module simple models of bonding in small molecules and complexes are introduced and discussed in terms of the influence of bonding on structure. The background to the periodic table, its structure, and its use in the analysis of trends in elemental properties are reviewed.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 2%
Module codeCH3105
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits10

This module provides practice in essential aspects of laboratory chemistry, associated mathematical concepts, communication and study skills.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeCH3201
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired by successful completion of the Year 1 module CH3102, to explore further the chemistry of main group and transition elements.  Trends in the behaviour of the p-block elements and their compounds are considered, with particular focus on the inert pair effect, the role of d-orbitals, p-bonding, and structure and bonding in main group and “electron-deficient’ compounds.  The mechanisms of substitution and redox reactions of transition metal complexes are described.  Trends in reactivity and magnetic properties are explained in terms of ligand field theory.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
Module codeCH3202
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module develops the use, application and interpretation of molecular spectroscopies together with analytical approaches to purification. The application of these techniques to deduce the molecular structures of a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds will be described. Primary focus will be on the application of Infrared, UV-visible absorption and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Modern chromatographic purification techniques (HPLC, GCMS) will also be described in the context of identifying molecular species.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
Module codeCH3204
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module develops understanding of the fundamental nature of matter at the quantum level, along with experimental and theoretical methods used to probe this. The range of spectroscopic methods by which atoms and molecules are studied will be examined in detail, focussing on the physical information contained within spectra. Quantum mechanical description of model systems will set the foundations for deeper understanding of the structure and spectra of atoms and simple molecules, and of the bonding in more complex molecules. Consideration of symmetry and group theory is crucial in all aspects of this module; this will be introduced at the start of the module and applied throughout.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
Module codeCH3205
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module explores fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics, including an introduction to statistical mechanical approaches.  Building on the introduction of enthalpy, entropy and free energy in the module CH3101, the relationship between free energy and different types of equilibrium constants will be explored.  Statistical mechanical definitions of simple concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics will be developed. The key topics of electrochemistry and colloid science will then be used to exemplify the relationship between energy and structure. Experimental routes to obtaining critical thermodynamic quantities are explored in the accompanying laboratory classes.  The kinetics aspect of this module will build on introductory material (Yr 1) to the level where complex experimental kinetics may be treated mathematically, focusing on complex sequences of elementary reactions, competing reactions and chain reactions, together with aspects of the kinetics of surface processes such as catalysis and corrosion.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 8%
  • Written assessment: 2%
Module codeCH3206
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits10

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired by successful completion of the Year 1 module CH3105.  Students will have opportunities to enhance their employability, by increasing their expertise in a variety of areas, such as: data retrieval, analysis and presentation; teamworking; information technology and communication.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 30%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 15%
Module codeCH3217
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This is a core module for degree programmes in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and covers a range of chemistry of relevance to biochemical systems, building on the first year module BI1214. The main themes include spectroscopic and analytical methods, organic stereochemistry and synthesis, coordination and bio-inorganic chemistry.  It is taught through lectures and directed work, and accompanied by practical experiments that illustrate the principles and give a useful experience of laboratory procedures for handling chemicals and interpreting data.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 15%
  • Practical-based assessment: 15%
Module codeCH3299
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module provides a coherent mechanistic overview of some key organic functional groups and their formation/reactivity.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 20%
  • Written assessment: 16%
  • Written assessment: 4%
Module codeCH3302
LevelL6
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

The first part of this module introduces students to the chemistry of the 2nd and 3rd row transition metals.  Advanced aspects of the electronic spectroscopy and magnetochemistry of transition metal compounds are then discussed  The second half of the module deals specifically with organotransition metal chemistry, covering structure and bonding, reaction mechanisms, and catalysis.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 15%
  • Written assessment: 15%