Chemistry Special Topics 5M CHEM5076

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course covers various advanced and research-focused special topics from the three principle areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.


Content will be delivered through lectures and tutorials to be arranged

Requirements of Entry

Admission to the MSc degree programme in Chemistry or MSc in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry.


Students will give an oral presentation (33.3%), undertake an oral examination (33.3%) and written assignment of ca. 2000 words (33.3%).

Course Aims

To provide students with a broad scientific education at tertiary level, together with a wide and rigorous treatment of advanced topics across all areas of chemistry, appropriate for an aspiring professional chemist.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. demonstrate a knowledge and thorough understanding of the central facts and the experimental basis of advanced topics across all areas of chemistry.

2. Use literature searching methods, including the use of databases, and critically evaluate and interpret research literature in areas related to the advanced topics of this course.

3. Write a detailed scientific report that demonstrates an understanding of the course material based through a critical analysis of role of current research literature in one of the advanced topics in this course.

4. Deliver an oral presentation that effectively communicates their understanding of the current state-of-the-art in one of the advanced topics in this course.

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.