Chemistry MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Chemistry MSc. These are the modules relating to this programme of study for academic year 2020/21. If you are starting in September 2021, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses - 80 Credits 

Practical research project allowing you to experiment in an area relevant to the course. On completion of this module, you'll be able to formulate hypotheses to be tested experimentally; keep an accurate, formal record of research performed; apply key methods in appropriate chemical technology for the investigation of important problems and/or develop new methodology; and be able to interpret experimental data and to develop new models on the basis of these experiments.

Advanced Topics in Chemistry - 30 credits

Provides a broad understanding of core areas of advanced chemistry. Previous typical topics offered included chemical biology tools, medicinal chemistry strategy, molecular dynamics and advanced organometallics.

Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework) - 20 credits

Provides a broad understanding of a range of core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve unseen problems in these areas. You will also be able to access the primary literature and use your knowledge to make a critical evaluation of this information.

Practical Skills and Instrumental Analysis - 20 credits

Develop skills to undertake a range of physical measurements and appropriate data analysis and design appropriate investigative procedures by undertaking case studies and open-ended experiments.

Optional modules

Food Analysis - 10 credits

You will learn to analyse a food for major nutrients, and understand the limitations of the procedures; understand chemical methods used to assess bioavailabilty, and will gain laboratory experience in some procedures to assess bioavailability; will understand HPLC and GLC techniques, their role and limitations in analysis of nutrients; will be able to design an analytical protocol and apply this in the laboratory and will gain laboratory experience in analysis of nutrients, and in planning laboratory experimentation.

Advanced Colour Science - 15 credits

On completion of this module, you will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major aspects of colour science, namely: the human visual system, the measurement of coloured materials, the properties and applications of colorants, the ways in which coloured materials can be created and reproduced, and the psychological effects of colour.

Practical Bioinformatics - 10 credits

Provides an overview of the practical problems that bioinformatic tools can be used to solve in academic and industrial biological research. This module also aims to train you in the use of a range of bioinformatics tools and to work on a defined research problem as part of a team and to describe the investigation and result in written and verbal form.

Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses - 15 credits

On completion of this module, you should gained the foundation for the understanding of the properties, behaviour and characterisation of soft matter including polymers, colloids, and glasses; understand some main techniques for studying structure and dynamics in soft matter; and understand where and how soft matter is important for applications.

Colloid and Dairy Science - 10 credits

You will learn the principles and practice of colloid science with particular reference to the stability, structure and texture of dairy-based oil and water systems, including the terminology and concepts of colloid science; stabilisation by absorbed protein; role of emulsifiers and hydrocolloids; colloidal aspects of milk and cream; emulsion and foam formation. 

The full list of optional modules can be read in the course catalogue.