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Chemistry Project 4M (A) CHEM5009P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

An independent research project of involving practical and/or theoretical chemistry.


20 weeks laboratory work with an average of 16 hours per week

Requirements of Entry

Normally successful completion of associated Work or European Placement or associated taught component courses of level 4M Chemical physics.

Excluded Courses





Assessment of project work (30%), thesis (40%), oral presentation (10%) and oral examination (20%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide students with a thorough and rigorous treatment of a research topic in chemistry, appropriate for an aspiring professional chemist,

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a knowledge and thorough understanding of the central facts and the experimental basis of a research topic in chemistry

■ solve problems of a numerical or logical nature in the context of the research project

■ demonstrate practical skills in chemical techniques

■ obtain information from written and electronic archived material

■ interpret critically this information

■ prepare and present an oral explanation of the project

■ produce a thesis critically describing the background and results of the project

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits