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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mark M. Law

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

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Summative Assessments

Literature survey and risk assessment; lab performance, oral presentation/examination, final report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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

Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

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