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Are you passionate about chemistry? Do you have an intellectual curiosity and a thirst for knowledge? Are you interested in exploring a cutting-edge subject with applications that impact our society and our planet?

The MChem at Northumbria is an enhanced undergraduate course which examines the use of chemistry in the modern world. You will gain a thorough knowledge base in chemistry before exploring areas such as nanotechnology, drug design and action, new materials, computational chemistry, biotransformations and cell factories. You can tailor the course to your individual interests via a wide range of modules and the final year major research project.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and including an opportunity to spend a year in industry, the MChem will develop your practical laboratory skills, unlock your analytical and creative problem-solving abilities and provide a strong foundation for a career in research, teaching or industry. Masters level fully meets the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

100% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

UCAS Code
F101

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Applied Sciences

The Department of Applied Sciences has an exciting and extensive portfolio of subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic science, food and nutritional sciences.

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We believe in the benefits of hands-on study which is why a large proportion of your time will be spent in our state-of-the-art laboratories, developing a wide range of practical skills. These practical sessions are complemented by seminars, lectures, tutorials and IT sessions to cement your theoretical knowledge of the subject. There is also the opportunity to spend a year in industry where you can develop your knowledge and gain valuable work experience to give you a head start in your chosen career.

By the end of your degree you will have developed the ability to study independently and mastered research skills, culminating in a major research project which can be tailored to reflect your interests and career aspirations.

A minimum of 40% of the curriculum is centred on laboratory- or computer-based experimentation. This access to modern instrumental techniques will play a key role in your professional development.

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You will learn from experienced staff at the forefront of their fields, with all teaching staff in the Department of Applied Sciences educated to PhD level. Most academic staff are research active and this knowledge is reflected in their teaching.

Many of our teaching team have previously worked in higher education, research and industry, including organisations such as Unilever, the John Innes Centre and Roche Products Ltd, and are able to draw on real world experience to keep their teaching current and industry-relevant. As members of professional bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the chemistry team have excellent international links, collaborating with others across the globe in pursuit of ground-breaking advances in chemistry.

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Working in our modern laboratories, complete with industry standard equipment, you will develop a range of practical skills in an authentic learning environment. You will develop specific computational chemistry skills, working with sophisticated professional software in our IT suites. A complete list of facilities can be found here.

All Northumbria students also benefit from technology enabled learning (TEL) which provides online access to module information, key texts, assessment briefs and a range of teaching-related materials.

Applied Science Facilities

The Department of Applied Sciences has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

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At Northumbria we take a research-led approach to education. As practicing researchers, our academic staff will pass on the latest theories and techniques gleaned from their ongoing research, making sure you are at the cutting-edge of the subject.

We will also support you to develop your own research skills. The final year research project will enable you to develop your own area of specialism and enhance your skills in areas such as decision-making, team-working, critical analysis, communication, and the ability to study independently, all of which are in demand by employers or are an excellent foundation for continuing on to PhD.

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At Northumbria, our degrees are designed to make you as employable as possible. As well as graduating with a respected degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the MChem provides the opportunity to spend a year in industry where you can gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Not only will this enable you to ‘test’ your chosen career, but you will develop valuable skills such as team work, communication, and time-management, The practical experience gained through your placement year will complement the learning theory and strengthen your CV. You can also boost your employability with short work placements, study abroad, STEM ambassador activities or volunteering.

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You will graduate from MChem experienced in practical laboratory work and with advanced computing skills. You will produce a research project from first hypothesis through to publication and will have developed transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and team-working. Graduates will be able to enter a range of careers within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries or continue on to PhD level.

There is a diverse range of career options open to chemistry graduates, not only in traditional roles but across the wider field. Previous Northumbria graduates have found employment not only in scientific teaching and roles in the chemical industry but also in areas such as business and management, finance, marketing and sales.

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be introduced to the key areas of chemistry and begin to develop analytical and practical laboratory skills.

Year 2

Year two By examining the core themes of chemistry further you will increase in confidence in both analysis and application. Additionally you will study chemical information sciences, explore more deeply the world of applied chemistry and continue to develop your laboratory investigational skills.

Year 3

Year three (Optional placement year) You will have the opportunity to spend a year in industry, developing commercial knowledge and enhancing your job prospects.

Year 4

Year four (Year 3 if work placement is not undertaken) You will study core chemistry, developing the inorganic, organic, physical and analytical themes from earlier years and also specialise in chosen areas through the study of specialist option modules and the completion of a research project.

Year 5

Year five You will study a selection of topics at the frontiers of research, developing your own hypothesis and completing a second and more probing independent research project. You will explore topics relating to current staff research interests, meaning you are learning at the forefront of the subject.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:  

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including Grade B in Chemistry

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit to include a significant Chemistry component

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level including Chemistry, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher including Chemistry

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - AABBB including Chemistry

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Chemistry

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit including Chemistry

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your course you will incur costs for materials, these may include; lab books, a spatula, marker pen and calculator etc. There are various advised books for purchase throughout the duration of this course, and costs are approximately £200. The core texts for this course are available in the university library, and there is a current subscription to the RSC e-books that will supplement your studies also available free of charge via the university library.

Scholarships and Discounts

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Modules Overview 2019/20

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0402 -

Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will cover the following:
• An introduction to the fundamental principles of analytical chemistry.
• Consolidation of the knowledge of empirical formulae and balancing of chemical equations.
• An introduction to the theory and practice of titrimetry, gravimetry, flame photometry and spectrophotometry for analysis.
• Theory and hands on experience of chromatographic techniques for separation and analysis of mixtures.

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AP0403 -

Principles of Chemical Structure (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the theoretical building blocks of structural chemistry and the tools and rules that enable us to predict structure and reactivity in chemical compounds. This is the keystone for much for the language and understanding of chemistry required at a higher level where structural chemistry informs the properties and behaviours of more complex chemical systems such as drugs and medicine, materials and plastics, and many more. The learning journey for this module starts at the atomic level and moves through to the molecular level taking in the following broad topics and their related competencies.

• Atomic and electronic structure, isotopes, electron configurations, the periodic table and the importance of valence electrons
• Bonding theories, covalent and ionic bonding, ionic and covalent structures
• Lewis and VSEPR approaches to structure prediction for main group compounds
• Acid and base chemistry
• Coordination chemistry of the metals, structures and geometries, isomerism, basic reactions
• Organic structures, isomerism and nomenclature
• Organic stereochemistry, geometric and optical isomerism, Cahn-Ingold-Prelog rules and definitions, chirality and the language of stereochemistry.
• Electron movement and structural consequences, resonance and tautomerism
• Basics of structural transformation in organic systems, intro to organic mechanism and curly arrows, electrophiles, nucleophiles and common reaction types and functional groups transformations
• Introduction to organic synthesis, oxidation and reduction, common reagents and pathways.

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AP0414 -

Elements of Physical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the physical aspects of chemistry through a study of topics in

• the gas laws,
• equilibrium,
• acids and bases reactions,
• electrochemistry,
• phase equilibria,
• basic reaction kinetics,
• thermodynamics
• atomic spectroscopy.

Because much of this material requires a solid mathematical understanding it will be supported by the treatment of the essential numerical methods (units, statistics, algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus).

You will also extend your learning in physical chemistry through physical chemistry practical laboratory experiments around the general theme of weak acids. These experiments will involve spectrophotometry and conductivity/pH measurements. You will apply aspects of the physical chemistry theory and numerical methods to the handling and interpretation of data that you obtain from these experiments.

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AP0415 -

Introduction to Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will explore the fascinating world of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and build from your basic understanding of core chemistry gained elsewhere in the programme. You will gain knowledge and understanding about the structures and properties small biomolecules such as amino acids, purine and pyramidine bases and carbohydrates and lipids. You will gain an in depth understanding about the structures of biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids and the broad variety of complexes they participate in. You will understand how the structure and function correlate and how the weak (non-covalent) interactions such as hydrogen bonds, electrostatic interactions and van der Waals interactions play vital role for formation and stabilization of the structures in biological macromolecules.

You will understand how enzymes work, what the catalytic strategies of the cell are and how the enzyme mechanisms can be realized chemically. You will learn about enzyme kinetics, inhibition. Attention will be given to the receptors and how they interact with external signals and deliver the signal within the cell. You will then gain knowledge about the main steps and reactions of metabolism (both biosynthesises and catabolism) and you will gain key insights into the biochemical aspects of DNA replication and gene expression.

Based on the solid understanding of Biological Chemistry you will then explore the fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry. You will understand the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, drug discovery, design and development. You will be taught basic elements of combinatorial and parallel synthesis, QSAR, computer-aided drug design. You will gain an insight into antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer drugs structure and action. Practical laboratory and computer classes will provide you with key practical skills for working with enzymes and will introduce you to basic tools for computer visualizations and evaluation of small and large molecules and their interactions.

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AP0416 -

Academic Skills for Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how to get the most out of the state-of-the-art computing facilities at Northumbria, and how to navigate the University’s eLearning Portal (eLP). You will learn study skills such as how to search the scientific literature, time management, and communication skills in how to report your discoveries, along with employability skills such as producing a CV and how to make your application stand out. This module serves as an introductory laboratory module where you will learn and develop a range of basic laboratory skills necessary to further study, research and a professional environment, and these will form the basis for more advanced laboratory procedures to follow in later years. You will undertake a variety of interesting investigational experiments which cover core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical branches of chemistry and which will develop skills and techniques, whilst also illustrating key concepts of chemistry found in other parts of the programme. On completion of this module you will be able to: i) use a variety of laboratory techniques and skills in a safe and efficient manner; ii) interpret the results of laboratory investigations; iii) present the results of laboratory work in a coherent manner. You will also develop professional skills such as a basic understanding of Health and Safety protocols and good laboratory practice, problem-solving and analytical skills, team work, organisation, and communication skills.

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AP0417 -

Practical and Professional Skills for Chemists (Core,20 Credits)

This is a laboratory based module where you will learn and develop a range of basic laboratory skills necessary to further study, research and a professional environment, and these will form the basis for more advanced laboratory procedures to follow in later years. You will undertake a variety of interesting investigational experiments which cover core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical branches of chemistry and which will develop skills and techniques, whilst also illustrating key concepts of chemistry found in other parts of the programme. On completion of this module you will be able to: i) use a variety of laboratory techniques and skills in a safe and efficient manner; ii) interpret the results of laboratory investigations; iii) present the results of laboratory work in a coherent manner. You will also develop professional skills such as a basic understanding of Health and Safety protocols and good laboratory practice, problem-solving and analytical skills, team work, organisation, and communication skills.

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AP0526 -

Organic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on your learning from the previous year in Principles of Chemical Structure. You will learn and develop further both your theoretical and practical skills in organic chemistry that are essential in modern chemistry-based jobs. For example, you will learn about key aspects of molecular structure of organic molecules, the molecular basis for their reactivity, how to devise synthetic schemes for target compounds, and about modern synthetic tools that are used in the everyday synthesis of organic chemicals. You will also further develop your practical, interpretive and reporting skills in the laboratory.

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AP0527 -

Physical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about molecular forces, the laws of thermodynamics and how they influence the chemical world around us. You will be introduced to the theory of kinetics and applications from acid/base catalysis through to the cycles in play for the destruction of the ozone layer in our atmosphere. You will learn the theory behind the practical spectroscopic techniques you apply in the laboratory and an introduction to theoretical chemistry techniques. You will use your knowledge to carry out a series of practical experiments designed to illustrate the concepts you learn in the lectures.

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AP0528 -

Inorganic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about some of the key theoretical aspects of the chemistry of inorganic compounds primarily focusing on those containing metal atoms essential to their properties, function and application. You will also explore aspects of this chemistry via laboratory experimentation and thus continue to hone higher level practical skills that are applicable later in the programme and in research and industrial settings. Key theoretical topics that will be explored will include:
?Structure and bonding in inorganic and coordination complexes: Crystal-and Ligand Field theories, molecular orbital approaches, symmetry, properties and uses/application occurrence in nature and industry
?Organometallic Chemistry: the border between organic and inorganic chemistry, structural classification and electron counting approaches, hapticity and hydrocarbon and p-acceptor ligands, properties and applications of organometallic compounds and an introduction to catalysis.
?Mechanistic Inorganic chemistry, the definitions and language of mechanistic inorganic chemistry, reaction types and classifications, the experimental evidence for mechanistic theory, rates or reaction, lability and inertness, solvent assistance, structure activity relationships.
Allied to this will be an evolving selection of investigational laboratory sessions aimed at illustrating concepts of the lecture programme and developing both higher level practical and academic skills. You will also learn and reflect upon the fact that skills and techniques developed previously in the programme and in another contexts can translate into new areas. Example experiments include investigations into:
?The synthesis and characterisation of metal acetylacetonato complexes
?Isomerism and isomerisation in coordination complexes
?Sterospecificity in coordination complex reactions
?Organometallic chemistry: Ferrocene and its acetylation, inert atmosphere techniques.
?Equlibria in reactions of coordination complexes
?Supramolcular complexes of iron

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AP0529 -

Analytical Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principal features of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, including:
? Survey of separation science.
? Fundamentals of HPLC with respect to isocratic and gradient elution, reversed and normal phase separation and detectors.
? Fundamentals of capillary GC with respect to isothermal and temperature programmed elution, selection of column and detectors.
? Theoretical aspects of separation, capacity factors, resolution, theoretical plate height (efficiency), peak tailing and the influence of these parameters on separation.
? Theoretical aspects of modern and traditional sample preparation techniques.
? Overview of spectroscopic methods.
? NMR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; Pulse-Fourier Transform methods; spectral appearance and interpretation for 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy; splitting patterns for common 1st and 2nd order systems; advanced methods; DEPT spectra.
? IR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; interpretation and prediction of spectra, vibrational modelling.
? Mass spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects, ionisation techniques; fragmentation patterns, interpretation and prediction of spectra.
? Strategy and practice in structure elucidation.
Laboratory exercises will be used to underpin the theory taught in lectures, develop practical skills and afford hands-on experience of relevant techniques. In addition, there will be in-module assignments allowing you to explore the merits and approaches necessary to solve typical spectroscopic problems.

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AP0530 -

Chemical Information Science (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will develop three important skills;
•You will learn how to use computers for research in chemistry. This includes not only how to run advanced database searches to find chemical information, but also how computer programs can be used to analyse data, including quantum mechanical and statistical methods, and make sophisticated predictions about chemical properties.
•You will learn how to become an independent, creative and critical thinker. Although you will develop these skills within the particular ‘Chemical Information Science’ context of this module, you will find them useful in many other areas of life, from troubleshooting and problem solving to being able to spot poor and/or incorrect science in popular news feeds.
•You will learn how to effectively communicate with other scientists, by presenting your ideas and results to a professional level and by learning how to identify, summarise and present essential scientific information and ideas.

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AP0531 -

Applied Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of chemistry to a range of sectors including the process industry and the pharmaceutical/biotech sectors. You will explore the process of applying the fundamental principles of core chemistry to specific industrial, environmental or research problems. Illustrative themes include:
•Drug design, applications and mechanisms of actions: applications in the pharmaceutical sector
•Chemical process development: synthesis of fine and commodity chemicals, polymer and materials synthesis.
•Chemical analysis of the environment: elemental analysis, the process of analysing a contamination in an environment
•Computational approaches to chemistry problems: using in silico methods to discover new drugs, new catalysts and new chemistries.
Out of the range of topics available, you will be able to chose a subset of them (those which most interest you) to be assessed on.

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AP0542 -

Chemistry Industrial Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Industrial Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a Industrial Placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of Industrial Placement at an approved placement partner. This broadens your overall experience of learning by embedding your current and future learning of your discipline within a regimented and target-oriented work environment. The course of Industrial Placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your Industrial Placement year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Industrial Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Industrial Placement Year)”.

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AP0623 -

Advanced Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on your learning from the previous two years in organic and inorganic chemistry. You will learn more advanced concepts, reactions and mechanisms that are essential knowledge in modern chemistry-based industry and research. This module will cover aspects both organic and inorganic chemistry at a molecular level.
In organic chemistry, you will learn and become proficient in:
?Modern synthetic tools geared towards the synthesis of modern chemicals such as therapeutic agents. For example, you will learn about
- the involvement of orbitals in organic reactions and of
- the involvement of reactive species in molecular transformation.
?You will also acquire advanced knowledge in synthetic techniques that are a cornerstone of modern chemistry in the workplace, for example
- the use of organometallic chemistry,
- the methods to synthesise asymmetric molecules and
- the planning of efficient synthetic strategies.
In inorganic chemistry, you will learn about the role metal-based molecules play in a biological system and about the increasingly important role that metal-based molecules play in industry. For example, you will learn about
?bioinorganic chemistry, i.e. the involvement of inorganic chemistry in enzymes as key components of any living organism.
?the ‘rarer’ metals (in the d and f blocks) in modern industry and catalysis (used from gram scale to ton scales).
?the reactivity of metal-based molecules, concepts that are at the core of their function in catalysis and in medical systems.

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AP0624 -

Advanced Physical and Polymer Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

Building upon your knowledge of physical and organic chemistry you will learn about a number of topics that are of great importance in the chemistry of consumer products and current research. These headline topics are

Spectroscopy
Liquids, colloids and surfactants
Crystals and liquid crystals
Polymers
Particular emphasis will be placed on polymer chemistry due to its importance in industry and you will study both the physical aspects of polymers as well as their synthesis using organic and organometallic chemistry.

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AP0625 -

Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the chemistry Nature uses to biosynthesise useful natural products and how medicinal chemistry is utilised to combat disease. As you survey Nature’s biosynthetic pathways you will discover how the plethora of naturally occurring molecules are formed from elementary building blocks. In the area of medicinal chemistry you will explore fundamental principles of drug design and learn about the processes through which drugs act to alleviate disease.
Main topics include:
•Biosynthesis of fatty acids, polyketides, terpenes and related biologically relevant molecules
•Drug design, applications and mechanisms of actions

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AP0626 -

Advanced Instrumental and Structural Methods (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the theory, instrumentation, application and practice of a range of advanced analytical techniques for both quantitative determination and qualitative characterisation. These are key analytical tools utilised extensively in both research and industry. Topics will be chosen from the following:
?Liquid and gas chromatography
?Capillary and gel electrophoresis
?Mass spectrometry
?Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy
?Infrared spectroscopy
?Raman spectroscopy
?Multi-nuclear and multi dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
?Laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy
?Circular Dichroism
?X-ray absorption spectroscopy
?X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
?Scanning tunnelling microscopy and atomic force microscopy
?Computational spectroscopic methods
?Protein analysis
?Forensic and pharmaceutical drugs
?Volatile organic compounds
?Bioinorganic compounds
?Surfaces (imaging)
Analytical method development and validation as well as sampling protocols will also be studied.

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AP0627 -

Theoretical and Computational Methods (Optional,20 Credits)

This module builds on your knowledge gained in earlier modules from across the subject area and demonstrates how computational and calculated approaches and techniques can be used to probe theoretical models in chemistry and be used to aid experimental design and the interrogation of their outcomes.
This module will provide you with a solid background and practical skills in the most advanced theoretical and computational methods in chemistry. You will learn the complex concepts of Quantum Chemistry and Electronic Structure Methods such as ab inito Hartree-Fock based methods and Density Functional Theory. You will gain practical computational skills to optimize molecular structures, localize transition states, calculate electronic, vibrational and NMR spectra, and how to analyse the reaction mechanisms of chemical reactions using sophisticated computational approaches. You will gain practical skills to use Gaussian09W program for electronic structure calculations. You will also gain a solid understanding in the Molecular Mechanics and Molecular Dynamics methods which utilize classical physics laws and are much faster and applicable for treating very large molecules such as solvated proteins or embedded proteins on the membrane surface.
You will understand the underlying theory and will gain excellent practical skills to run simulations using the Gromacs code for molecular dynamics. In addition you will learn how to dock structures of protein-ligand (inhibitor) complexes and you will gain practical skills in molecular docking using Autodock code. You will also gain training in advanced computational statistics and molecular statistics methods that are applicable across chemistry as an aid to experiment design and outcome interrogation.

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AP0630 -

Chemistry Research Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module comprises the research project for level 6 of the MChem and BSc Hons Chemistry programmes. It is 40 credit module and aims to utilize the student’s subject specific skills up to the point their project begins, both in terms of knowledge and laboratory skills.
It will enable you to identify and define a research topic in a chosen field of study, to plan a strategy for its implementation (in conjunction with an appointed supervisor) and to be responsible for its implementation. It will engender a spirit of enquiry and curiosity in both practical and theoretical aspects of the topic. It will develop your information retrieval and critical appraisal skills, and encourage and require you to apply knowledge gained in other parts of the academic programme. It will enable the you to develop the ability to evaluate experimental methods and data, and to provide the means to present findings and data in oral, poster, and written formats, and enable you to develop and practise skills relating to word-processing, spread-sheets, and other scientific and IT software packages and methods. It will teach you the definition of originality in terms of both reporting research and in generation of intellectual property and patentable ideas

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TE6667 -

Student Tutoring Level 6 (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. You will also develop your ability to self-manage, communicate, work in teams, and personal enterprise. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school or college. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you. At this level 6 you will learn how to critically evaluate your own learning.

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AP0715 -

Current Research in Chemistry (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about the latest research in chemistry and its impact in industry, society and the environment. You will explore research topics across inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry and their application to specific industrial, society or environmental problems. Illustrative themes include:
•Advanced Materials: synthesis, evaluation and application
•Anti-cancer agents: synthesis and evaluation
•Anti-microbial agents: synthesis, evaluation and application
•Biocatalysis: design, synthesis and application
•Chemical analysis: evaluation, application and risk in the environment
•Computational approaches to chemistry problems

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AP0731 -

Heterocyclic, Bioconjugate and Green Chemistry (Core,30 Credits)

Your learning on this module will be centred on its three themes;
• Heterocyclic chemistry; you will learn about the synthesis, properties, chemical reactivities and applications of heterocycles.
• Bioconjugate chemistry; you will learn about the applications of bioconjugate and biorthogonal chemistry in bioimaging and therapeutics
• Green chemistry; you will learn about the design, principles and applications of green chemical processes.
The basis of this learning will be centred on the study and critical appraisal of modern research texts and articles in the three sub topics. You will learn to extract and critique key aspects of the material and develop your communication and professional skills by presenting and discussing your findings and proposals to the student cohort in both verbal and written formats.

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Modules Overview 2020/21

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0402 -

Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will cover the following:
• An introduction to the fundamental principles of analytical chemistry.
• Consolidation of the knowledge of empirical formulae and balancing of chemical equations.
• An introduction to the theory and practice of titrimetry, gravimetry, flame photometry and spectrophotometry for analysis.
• Theory and hands on experience of chromatographic techniques for separation and analysis of mixtures.

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AP0403 -

Principles of Chemical Structure (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the theoretical building blocks of structural chemistry and the tools and rules that enable us to predict structure and reactivity in chemical compounds. This is the keystone for much for the language and understanding of chemistry required at a higher level where structural chemistry informs the properties and behaviours of more complex chemical systems such as drugs and medicine, materials and plastics, and many more. The learning journey for this module starts at the atomic level and moves through to the molecular level taking in the following broad topics and their related competencies.

• Atomic and electronic structure, isotopes, electron configurations, the periodic table and the importance of valence electrons
• Bonding theories, covalent and ionic bonding, ionic and covalent structures
• Lewis and VSEPR approaches to structure prediction for main group compounds
• Acid and base chemistry
• Coordination chemistry of the metals, structures and geometries, isomerism, basic reactions
• Organic structures, isomerism and nomenclature
• Organic stereochemistry, geometric and optical isomerism, Cahn-Ingold-Prelog rules and definitions, chirality and the language of stereochemistry.
• Electron movement and structural consequences, resonance and tautomerism
• Basics of structural transformation in organic systems, intro to organic mechanism and curly arrows, electrophiles, nucleophiles and common reaction types and functional groups transformations
• Introduction to organic synthesis, oxidation and reduction, common reagents and pathways.

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Elements of Physical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the physical aspects of chemistry through a study of topics in

• the gas laws,
• equilibrium,
• acids and bases reactions,
• electrochemistry,
• phase equilibria,
• basic reaction kinetics,
• thermodynamics
• atomic spectroscopy.

Because much of this material requires a solid mathematical understanding it will be supported by the treatment of the essential numerical methods (units, statistics, algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus).

You will also extend your learning in physical chemistry through physical chemistry practical laboratory experiments around the general theme of weak acids. These experiments will involve spectrophotometry and conductivity/pH measurements. You will apply aspects of the physical chemistry theory and numerical methods to the handling and interpretation of data that you obtain from these experiments.

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AP0415 -

Introduction to Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will explore the fascinating world of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and build from your basic understanding of core chemistry gained elsewhere in the programme. You will gain knowledge and understanding about the structures and properties small biomolecules such as amino acids, purine and pyramidine bases and carbohydrates and lipids. You will gain an in depth understanding about the structures of biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids and the broad variety of complexes they participate in. You will understand how the structure and function correlate and how the weak (non-covalent) interactions such as hydrogen bonds, electrostatic interactions and van der Waals interactions play vital role for formation and stabilization of the structures in biological macromolecules.

You will understand how enzymes work, what the catalytic strategies of the cell are and how the enzyme mechanisms can be realized chemically. You will learn about enzyme kinetics, inhibition. Attention will be given to the receptors and how they interact with external signals and deliver the signal within the cell. You will then gain knowledge about the main steps and reactions of metabolism (both biosynthesises and catabolism) and you will gain key insights into the biochemical aspects of DNA replication and gene expression.

Based on the solid understanding of Biological Chemistry you will then explore the fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry. You will understand the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, drug discovery, design and development. You will be taught basic elements of combinatorial and parallel synthesis, QSAR, computer-aided drug design. You will gain an insight into antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer drugs structure and action. Practical laboratory and computer classes will provide you with key practical skills for working with enzymes and will introduce you to basic tools for computer visualizations and evaluation of small and large molecules and their interactions.

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AP0416 -

Academic Skills for Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how to get the most out of the state-of-the-art computing facilities at Northumbria, and how to navigate the University’s eLearning Portal (eLP). You will learn study skills such as how to search the scientific literature, time management, and communication skills in how to report your discoveries, along with employability skills such as producing a CV and how to make your application stand out. This module serves as an introductory laboratory module where you will learn and develop a range of basic laboratory skills necessary to further study, research and a professional environment, and these will form the basis for more advanced laboratory procedures to follow in later years. You will undertake a variety of interesting investigational experiments which cover core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical branches of chemistry and which will develop skills and techniques, whilst also illustrating key concepts of chemistry found in other parts of the programme. On completion of this module you will be able to: i) use a variety of laboratory techniques and skills in a safe and efficient manner; ii) interpret the results of laboratory investigations; iii) present the results of laboratory work in a coherent manner. You will also develop professional skills such as a basic understanding of Health and Safety protocols and good laboratory practice, problem-solving and analytical skills, team work, organisation, and communication skills.

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Practical and Professional Skills for Chemists (Core,20 Credits)

This is a laboratory based module where you will learn and develop a range of basic laboratory skills necessary to further study, research and a professional environment, and these will form the basis for more advanced laboratory procedures to follow in later years. You will undertake a variety of interesting investigational experiments which cover core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical branches of chemistry and which will develop skills and techniques, whilst also illustrating key concepts of chemistry found in other parts of the programme. On completion of this module you will be able to: i) use a variety of laboratory techniques and skills in a safe and efficient manner; ii) interpret the results of laboratory investigations; iii) present the results of laboratory work in a coherent manner. You will also develop professional skills such as a basic understanding of Health and Safety protocols and good laboratory practice, problem-solving and analytical skills, team work, organisation, and communication skills.

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AP0526 -

Organic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on your learning from the previous year in Principles of Chemical Structure. You will learn and develop further both your theoretical and practical skills in organic chemistry that are essential in modern chemistry-based jobs. For example, you will learn about key aspects of molecular structure of organic molecules, the molecular basis for their reactivity, how to devise synthetic schemes for target compounds, and about modern synthetic tools that are used in the everyday synthesis of organic chemicals. You will also further develop your practical, interpretive and reporting skills in the laboratory.

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AP0527 -

Physical Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about molecular forces, the laws of thermodynamics and how they influence the chemical world around us. You will be introduced to the theory of kinetics and applications from acid/base catalysis through to the cycles in play for the destruction of the ozone layer in our atmosphere. You will learn the theory behind the practical spectroscopic techniques you apply in the laboratory and an introduction to theoretical chemistry techniques. You will use your knowledge to carry out a series of practical experiments designed to illustrate the concepts you learn in the lectures.

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AP0528 -

Inorganic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about some of the key theoretical aspects of the chemistry of inorganic compounds primarily focusing on those containing metal atoms essential to their properties, function and application. You will also explore aspects of this chemistry via laboratory experimentation and thus continue to hone higher level practical skills that are applicable later in the programme and in research and industrial settings. Key theoretical topics that will be explored will include:
?Structure and bonding in inorganic and coordination complexes: Crystal-and Ligand Field theories, molecular orbital approaches, symmetry, properties and uses/application occurrence in nature and industry
?Organometallic Chemistry: the border between organic and inorganic chemistry, structural classification and electron counting approaches, hapticity and hydrocarbon and p-acceptor ligands, properties and applications of organometallic compounds and an introduction to catalysis.
?Mechanistic Inorganic chemistry, the definitions and language of mechanistic inorganic chemistry, reaction types and classifications, the experimental evidence for mechanistic theory, rates or reaction, lability and inertness, solvent assistance, structure activity relationships.
Allied to this will be an evolving selection of investigational laboratory sessions aimed at illustrating concepts of the lecture programme and developing both higher level practical and academic skills. You will also learn and reflect upon the fact that skills and techniques developed previously in the programme and in another contexts can translate into new areas. Example experiments include investigations into:
?The synthesis and characterisation of metal acetylacetonato complexes
?Isomerism and isomerisation in coordination complexes
?Sterospecificity in coordination complex reactions
?Organometallic chemistry: Ferrocene and its acetylation, inert atmosphere techniques.
?Equlibria in reactions of coordination complexes
?Supramolcular complexes of iron

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AP0529 -

Analytical Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principal features of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, including:
? Survey of separation science.
? Fundamentals of HPLC with respect to isocratic and gradient elution, reversed and normal phase separation and detectors.
? Fundamentals of capillary GC with respect to isothermal and temperature programmed elution, selection of column and detectors.
? Theoretical aspects of separation, capacity factors, resolution, theoretical plate height (efficiency), peak tailing and the influence of these parameters on separation.
? Theoretical aspects of modern and traditional sample preparation techniques.
? Overview of spectroscopic methods.
? NMR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; Pulse-Fourier Transform methods; spectral appearance and interpretation for 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy; splitting patterns for common 1st and 2nd order systems; advanced methods; DEPT spectra.
? IR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; interpretation and prediction of spectra, vibrational modelling.
? Mass spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects, ionisation techniques; fragmentation patterns, interpretation and prediction of spectra.
? Strategy and practice in structure elucidation.
Laboratory exercises will be used to underpin the theory taught in lectures, develop practical skills and afford hands-on experience of relevant techniques. In addition, there will be in-module assignments allowing you to explore the merits and approaches necessary to solve typical spectroscopic problems.

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AP0530 -

Chemical Information Science (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will develop three important skills;
•You will learn how to use computers for research in chemistry. This includes not only how to run advanced database searches to find chemical information, but also how computer programs can be used to analyse data, including quantum mechanical and statistical methods, and make sophisticated predictions about chemical properties.
•You will learn how to become an independent, creative and critical thinker. Although you will develop these skills within the particular ‘Chemical Information Science’ context of this module, you will find them useful in many other areas of life, from troubleshooting and problem solving to being able to spot poor and/or incorrect science in popular news feeds.
•You will learn how to effectively communicate with other scientists, by presenting your ideas and results to a professional level and by learning how to identify, summarise and present essential scientific information and ideas.

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AP0531 -

Applied Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of chemistry to a range of sectors including the process industry and the pharmaceutical/biotech sectors. You will explore the process of applying the fundamental principles of core chemistry to specific industrial, environmental or research problems. Illustrative themes include:
•Drug design, applications and mechanisms of actions: applications in the pharmaceutical sector
•Chemical process development: synthesis of fine and commodity chemicals, polymer and materials synthesis.
•Chemical analysis of the environment: elemental analysis, the process of analysing a contamination in an environment
•Computational approaches to chemistry problems: using in silico methods to discover new drugs, new catalysts and new chemistries.
Out of the range of topics available, you will be able to chose a subset of them (those which most interest you) to be assessed on.

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Chemistry Industrial Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Industrial Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a Industrial Placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of Industrial Placement at an approved placement partner. This broadens your overall experience of learning by embedding your current and future learning of your discipline within a regimented and target-oriented work environment. The course of Industrial Placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your Industrial Placement year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Industrial Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Industrial Placement Year)”.

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AP0623 -

Advanced Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on your learning from the previous two years in organic and inorganic chemistry. You will learn more advanced concepts, reactions and mechanisms that are essential knowledge in modern chemistry-based industry and research. This module will cover aspects both organic and inorganic chemistry at a molecular level.
In organic chemistry, you will learn and become proficient in:
?Modern synthetic tools geared towards the synthesis of modern chemicals such as therapeutic agents. For example, you will learn about
- the involvement of orbitals in organic reactions and of
- the involvement of reactive species in molecular transformation.
?You will also acquire advanced knowledge in synthetic techniques that are a cornerstone of modern chemistry in the workplace, for example
- the use of organometallic chemistry,
- the methods to synthesise asymmetric molecules and
- the planning of efficient synthetic strategies.
In inorganic chemistry, you will learn about the role metal-based molecules play in a biological system and about the increasingly important role that metal-based molecules play in industry. For example, you will learn about
?bioinorganic chemistry, i.e. the involvement of inorganic chemistry in enzymes as key components of any living organism.
?the ‘rarer’ metals (in the d and f blocks) in modern industry and catalysis (used from gram scale to ton scales).
?the reactivity of metal-based molecules, concepts that are at the core of their function in catalysis and in medical systems.

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AP0624 -

Advanced Physical and Polymer Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

Building upon your knowledge of physical and organic chemistry you will learn about a number of topics that are of great importance in the chemistry of consumer products and current research. These headline topics are

Spectroscopy
Liquids, colloids and surfactants
Crystals and liquid crystals
Polymers
Particular emphasis will be placed on polymer chemistry due to its importance in industry and you will study both the physical aspects of polymers as well as their synthesis using organic and organometallic chemistry.

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AP0625 -

Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the chemistry Nature uses to biosynthesise useful natural products and how medicinal chemistry is utilised to combat disease. As you survey Nature’s biosynthetic pathways you will discover how the plethora of naturally occurring molecules are formed from elementary building blocks. In the area of medicinal chemistry you will explore fundamental principles of drug design and learn about the processes through which drugs act to alleviate disease.
Main topics include:
•Biosynthesis of fatty acids, polyketides, terpenes and related biologically relevant molecules
•Drug design, applications and mechanisms of actions

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AP0626 -

Advanced Instrumental and Structural Methods (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the theory, instrumentation, application and practice of a range of advanced analytical techniques for both quantitative determination and qualitative characterisation. These are key analytical tools utilised extensively in both research and industry. Topics will be chosen from the following:
?Liquid and gas chromatography
?Capillary and gel electrophoresis
?Mass spectrometry
?Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy
?Infrared spectroscopy
?Raman spectroscopy
?Multi-nuclear and multi dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
?Laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy
?Circular Dichroism
?X-ray absorption spectroscopy
?X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
?Scanning tunnelling microscopy and atomic force microscopy
?Computational spectroscopic methods
?Protein analysis
?Forensic and pharmaceutical drugs
?Volatile organic compounds
?Bioinorganic compounds
?Surfaces (imaging)
Analytical method development and validation as well as sampling protocols will also be studied.

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Theoretical and Computational Methods (Optional,20 Credits)

This module builds on your knowledge gained in earlier modules from across the subject area and demonstrates how computational and calculated approaches and techniques can be used to probe theoretical models in chemistry and be used to aid experimental design and the interrogation of their outcomes.
This module will provide you with a solid background and practical skills in the most advanced theoretical and computational methods in chemistry. You will learn the complex concepts of Quantum Chemistry and Electronic Structure Methods such as ab inito Hartree-Fock based methods and Density Functional Theory. You will gain practical computational skills to optimize molecular structures, localize transition states, calculate electronic, vibrational and NMR spectra, and how to analyse the reaction mechanisms of chemical reactions using sophisticated computational approaches. You will gain practical skills to use Gaussian09W program for electronic structure calculations. You will also gain a solid understanding in the Molecular Mechanics and Molecular Dynamics methods which utilize classical physics laws and are much faster and applicable for treating very large molecules such as solvated proteins or embedded proteins on the membrane surface.
You will understand the underlying theory and will gain excellent practical skills to run simulations using the Gromacs code for molecular dynamics. In addition you will learn how to dock structures of protein-ligand (inhibitor) complexes and you will gain practical skills in molecular docking using Autodock code. You will also gain training in advanced computational statistics and molecular statistics methods that are applicable across chemistry as an aid to experiment design and outcome interrogation.

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Chemistry Research Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module comprises the research project for level 6 of the MChem and BSc Hons Chemistry programmes. It is 40 credit module and aims to utilize the student’s subject specific skills up to the point their project begins, both in terms of knowledge and laboratory skills.
It will enable you to identify and define a research topic in a chosen field of study, to plan a strategy for its implementation (in conjunction with an appointed supervisor) and to be responsible for its implementation. It will engender a spirit of enquiry and curiosity in both practical and theoretical aspects of the topic. It will develop your information retrieval and critical appraisal skills, and encourage and require you to apply knowledge gained in other parts of the academic programme. It will enable the you to develop the ability to evaluate experimental methods and data, and to provide the means to present findings and data in oral, poster, and written formats, and enable you to develop and practise skills relating to word-processing, spread-sheets, and other scientific and IT software packages and methods. It will teach you the definition of originality in terms of both reporting research and in generation of intellectual property and patentable ideas

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Student Tutoring Level 6 (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. You will also develop your ability to self-manage, communicate, work in teams, and personal enterprise. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school or college. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you. At this level 6 you will learn how to critically evaluate your own learning.

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Current Research in Chemistry (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about the latest research in chemistry and its impact in industry, society and the environment. You will explore research topics across inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry and their application to specific industrial, society or environmental problems. Illustrative themes include:
•Advanced Materials: synthesis, evaluation and application
•Anti-cancer agents: synthesis and evaluation
•Anti-microbial agents: synthesis, evaluation and application
•Biocatalysis: design, synthesis and application
•Chemical analysis: evaluation, application and risk in the environment
•Computational approaches to chemistry problems

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Heterocyclic, Bioconjugate and Green Chemistry (Core,30 Credits)

Your learning on this module will be centred on its three themes;
• Heterocyclic chemistry; you will learn about the synthesis, properties, chemical reactivities and applications of heterocycles.
• Bioconjugate chemistry; you will learn about the applications of bioconjugate and biorthogonal chemistry in bioimaging and therapeutics
• Green chemistry; you will learn about the design, principles and applications of green chemical processes.
The basis of this learning will be centred on the study and critical appraisal of modern research texts and articles in the three sub topics. You will learn to extract and critique key aspects of the material and develop your communication and professional skills by presenting and discussing your findings and proposals to the student cohort in both verbal and written formats.

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