CHMPRM-MSc Chemistry Research Project

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 150 [75 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Paz Vaqueiro


Summary module description:
1. To provide the students with experience of more advanced experiments in research methods.
2. To allow students to develop into independent researchers.
3. To allow students to prepare novel materials or molecules, and / or make novel measurements or theoretical / computational studies of chemical systems.

1.To provide the students with experience of more advanced experiments in research methods.
2.To allow students to develop into independent researchers.
3.To allow students to prepare novel materials, and/or make measurements of the physical and chemical properties of novel materials and/or investigate educational issues related to chemistry teaching.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to:

  • Plan and conduct experiments safely according to COSHH regulations.
  • Present the results of their studies in written and oral presentations.
  • Defend their conclusions in a viva voce examination.

Additional outcomes:
Depending on the nature of the research area, students may gain extensive experience in new practical skills. Problem solving skills may also be improved.

Outline content:
Students will perform a research project in all its ramifications. Students will choose to work with a member of staff and the range of topics available for selection will reflect the research interests of the member of staff. For example, topics currently spread from theoretical chemistry through computing, physical chemistry, surface chemistry, catalysis, spectroscopy, inorganic chemistry, synthesis, mechanistic chemistry, photochemistry, high pressure chemistry, polymer chemistry to the more biological aspects of inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as educational research projects in chemistry.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be trained in the necessary research methods via day-to-day interactions with the supervisor, the research team and technicians.

Contact hours:
The project will be wholly practical in nature and no tutorials, lectures or workshops will be associated with the project.

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
An interim report is assessed approximately halfway through the course and formative feedback provided by the Supervisor and the Internal Assessor. In addition, feedback is provided through weekly meetings between student and Supervisor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the theses is allowed within one year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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