Polymers and Organic Materials 4M CHEM5057

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce the fundamental principles, applications and uses of polymers and related organic materials.


18 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials to be arranged

Requirements of Entry

Normally successful completion of associated Work or European Placement or associated taught components of 4M Chemistry (combined) courses with at least grade C3 or admission to the MSc degree programmes in Chemistry, Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry or Advanced Functional Materials

Excluded Courses





90 minute written examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide understanding and insight into polymers and organic materials, and their impact on society and the environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Understand the design, synthesis, and processing of organic-based materials.

2. Explain the principles and theory underlying the important polymerisation methods.

3. Understand the effects of polymerisation conditions on polymerisation kinetics and the properties of the polymers produced.

4. Show awareness of the impact of organic materials in society and environment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.