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Course Overview

The level-4 individual research project for MChem students runs in the second half-session and affords students opportunities to learn modern research techniques and to develop some expertise in the topic of their project. As far as possible, projects are allocated in accordance with student preferences. Every project has a named supervisor and there is considerable scope for students to use their initiative in experimental design and interpretation of results. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module, including project planning, presentation of results, time management, report writing and verbal communication.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr William Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master of Chemistry (Studied) or Master of Chemistry (Chemistry with Modern Languages) (Studied) or Master of Chemistry for the Offshore Industry (Studied) or Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry) (Studied) or Master of Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course introduces students to research-level activities, in terms of a concise literature survey, risk assessment, experiment planning, use of research equipment and report writing.  At the end of the course, the student should be able to: find and critically assess previous work in the research area of their project; design experiments and data collection and analysis protocols using research instrumentation; prepare a report at a level equivalent to a research paper; communicate the results of their project to an audience of informed scientists.

Content: literature review and critical assessment of previous work in the area; development of transferable skills including project planning, presentation of results, and time management; experiment design, data collection and analysis using a variety of techniques applicable to the project; preparing a final report summarising the work and giving a presentation to a small group of staff; communication skills, written and verbal

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 100% Continuous assessment: literature survey and risk assessment; laboratory performance, oral presentation/oral examination and final report.

Formative Assessment

On-going interaction, support and feedback with/from supervisor and assessor.


Formative assessment as above. Summative assessment: marked literature survey; verbal feedback on oral presentation; marked final report returned to students. The final CAS mark will be reported to Registry (and student portals) after approval at the May examiners' meeting.

Course Learning Outcomes


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