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Postgraduate Chemistry 2021-2022

CM5039: ADVANCED ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGIES A

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The discovery of novel compounds e.g. for cancer or antibacterial research and treatment is a major task in the life sciences. The key to successful characterisation of novel compounds is structure elucidation, which can be achieved by modern, advanced analytical techniques. In this course, you will learn about the background theory of analytical techniques with a focus on structural identification to gain in-depth knowledge with methods like elemental & molecular mass spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) for qualitative and quantitative determinations. The course will contain lectures, tutorials and invited lectures by experts in the field.


CM5040: ADVANCED ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGIES B

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Metals are ubiquitous in the environment and in living things. They can be essential or toxic, and can occur in traces in biota and environmental samples. For the determination of trace levels of elements, advanced analytical methods can be used, based on atomic spectrometry. This course will provide in-depth knowledge of atomic emission, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry, featuring qualitative and quantitative aspects. Chromatography, combined with atomic spectrometry, is featured for trace element speciation, which allows distinguishing different metal compounds with varying toxicity. The course will contain lectures, tutorials and invited lectures by experts in the field.


CM5041: PRACTICAL EXERCISE AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

In this course, you will learn how to perform instrumental analysis on modern analytical equipment. The course comprises a variety of experiments with modern instrumentation including atomic absorption/emission spectrometry, mass spectrometric methods, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography and atomic fluorescence spectrometry in practical lab sessions. It provides experience in data collection and data handling from modern instrumentation through practical experience in environmental and life science applications. Students learn about research dissemination, funding mechanisms, quality assurance and ethical issues.

CM5045: MOLECULAR DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will overview a range of basic synthetic methodologies such as the fundamentals of organic reaction mechanism including aromatic substitutions, SN1 and SN2 reactions, elimination reactions, carbonyl chemistry, and basic protecting groups. This toolkit of reactions will underpin the introduction of retrosynthetic analysis and a range of specific target molecules will be described. The students will practice these concepts in a number of interactive workshops. A range of the examples discussed in the lectures will be used in the associated laboratory classes which will focus on developing key laboratory skills, keeping a lab book to industry standards and data evaluation and recording.

CM5047: REGULATORY ASPECTS OF PHARMACEUTICAL DEVELOPMENT

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will provide an overview of the regulatory framework controlling drug development in Europe and the USA and how these will link to the emerging Asian sector.

CM5049: RESEARCH PROJECT IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY B

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

An extended research project is the last part of the Environmental Analytical Chemistry course. An individual research project topic is given to each student within the field of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. This can comprise a range of scenarios, e.g. the life sciences, archaeology etc. You will build on the topics taught in the first parts of the degree. We aim to provide project placements in related research groups at the University of Aberdeen, or in research institutes (e.g. the Hutton Institute, Marine Lab) locally in and around Aberdeen. Projects are supervised by both a University supervisor and placement supervisor.

CM5522: RESEARCH PROJECT IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY A

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

An individual research mini-project is performed in the second term within the Environmental Analytical Chemistry program. This mini-project is performed within one of the research groups in the chemistry department involved in environmental and analytical research. This can comprise a range of topics, from method development e.g. for mercury analysis, to determination of new compounds in plants. You will build on the knowledge you have acquired in the first term. The work will be mainly carried out in research groups e.g. the trace element speciation laboratory Aberdeen, TESLA, or the Marine Biodiscovery Center, MBC.

CM5539: RESEARCH TECHNIQUES & PROF SKILLS & PROB SOLVING IN THEORY & PRACTICE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course is tailored to provide you with research skills with a focus on problem solving and team working experience. A PPME project (Project Planning and Management Exercise) is performed, which asks for planning, managing and results delivery for teams of 2-3 students. Project topics revolve around environmental and analytical work. Workshop style assignments are held; information prioritising, (short notice briefing on an analytical problem) and writing a grant proposal for a long term investigation. The course contains laboratory classes and workshops. Oral presentations and scientific writing are part of the course assessment.


CM5540: STABILITY, FORMULATION AND PACKAGING OF PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENTS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

ICH stability requirements and stability evaluation will be at the heart of this course and how issues concerning the formulation and packaging of drugs plays a role. Emphasis will be focused upon how packing is often dependent on the intended patient group.

CM5541: ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will provide an introduction to the key analytical methods used in drug development and how to develop methods consistent with the demands of the regulatory authorities. Students will gain hands-on experience of the techniques described.

CM5542: SYNTHETIC METHODS FOR PROCESS SCALE-UP AND DEVELOPMENT

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course builds upon the background provided in CM50XX Molecular design and synthesis, and introduces a range of advanced methods used in synthetic organic chemistry. The importance of environmental issues in designing chemical processes will be highlighted. The students will gain hands-on experience of these advanced methods of synthesis.

CM5543: PROCESS DEVELOPMENT: CRITICAL PROCESS PARAMETERS AND REACTOR DESIGN

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course describes the process of transferring reactions developed on a small-scale in the research laboratory to very much larger scales in a commercial pilot plant and onto production. The students will gain hands-on experience of using industry standard software designed to facilitate this task.

CM5555: MCHEM RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

In the second half of Level 5, students gain research experience in a professional research environment, normally in a laboratory on mainland Europe. These projects extend from January to April and students may obtain additional funding from the Erasmus scheme to cover their extra costs associated with living abroad.  Students may undertake their placement further afield, for example in North America or Australia, or within Aberdeen, subject to individual circumstances. Students undertake a comprehensive literature review on the topic of their project during the first half-session. The project placement is at the heart of the MChem and richly enhances employability.



CM5556: GAS SEPARATION, STORAGE AND USAGE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Gas separation, storage and utilisation represents one of the key challenges within a sustainable energy transition.  For too long, energy production/consumption has been accompanied by greenhouse gas emission. 

CM5557: BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This lecture course will cover a range of existing battery technologies from lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles, to redox flow batteries utilised in large scale stationary storage.

CM5558: PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This module is designed to help students gain experience and confidence in using a variety of skills that are of importance for a professional chemist. 

CM5559: LAB SKILLS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This module is entirely laboratory based and will aim to introduce students to fundamental experimental techniques and practises which are widespread across the energy sector. 

CM5905: RESEARCH PROJECT IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY B

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

An extended research project is the last part of the Environmental Analytical Chemistry course. An individual research project topic is given to each student within the field of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. This can comprise a range of scenarios, e.g. the life sciences, archaeology etc. You will build on the topics taught in the first parts of the degree. We aim to provide project placements in related research groups at the University of Aberdeen, or in research institutes (e.g. the Hutton Institute, Marine Lab) locally in and around Aberdeen. Projects are supervised by both a University supervisor and placement supervisor.

CM5906: INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY - EXTENDED RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

The final part of the Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme is an extended research project. An individual research project topic will be given to each student which will build upon the topics taught in earlier modules. Projects may be based at the University of Aberdeen or with an industrial partner. In the latter case, students will be supervised by both a University supervisor and placement supervisor. A variety of different projects types will be available including practical, theoretical and literature based. At the end of the project students will be expected to present findings in the form of a written thesis and through oral presentation.

CM5907: INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

45 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

To gain experience in research applicable to Sustainable Energy Transitions, students undertake a clearly defined individual project requiring literature reviewing, project design and definition, experimental activities, data processing and interpretation and reporting. 

CM5908: GROUP PROJECT

15 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

In the first term, students were able to develop both their research skills and lab skills.  However, it is often the application of these skills within a team environment that is of greatest importance for many business sectors.  Therefore, in this module students will need to work as part of a small team in order to study a research problem. 

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