Delivered by the recently established Department of Chemistry, students will gain an advanced understanding of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry over the course of their programme of study.
In the first year, in addition to chemistry content, students will develop Maths and other transferable skills to support their studies.
In the second year, the degree programme will further expand the core subjects of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and also include courses on Spectroscopy, Bioactive Molecules and other optional chemistry modules.
The course will contain research training which will enable students to complete a substantial project.
In the Third Year, the student will take courses at the partner institution as agreed with the Department of Chemistry at Lancaster and will cover topics in chemical science which will build upon their previous knowledge and enable them to complete final year courses and a substantial project on returning to Lancaster.
In the fourth and final year of the degree programme, students will be supported in carrying out a major 60 credit research project, working alongside other postgraduate students. The project will contain a substantial amount of advanced chemistry, will require some originality and involve work that has not been reported prerviously in the literature. The project may involve theoretical or computational chemistry and must be investigative. Modules on offer in the fourth year will enable students to explore the latest advances in Chemistry research and how these will contribute to solving some of society’s biggest challenges.
Across the full programme, students will undertake at least 400 timetabled hours of laboratory based practical work in chemistry, in addition to the substantial project. The laboratory based work may include computation, case studies and investigation. Laboratory work will involve synthetic and measurement techniques.
In summary, the programme will ensure that graduating students:
are fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology;
can demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical
principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems;
have gained knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials;
can evidence their understanding of general synthetic pathways, including related isolation, purification and characterisation techniques;
have developed an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with related disciplines;
have developed a systematic and broad understanding of key chemical concepts;
can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry, and are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in the chemical sciences or for further study at doctoral level;
in addition to fulfilling the educational aims of a MChem degree, the student will benefit from the experience of studying in another country by broadening cultural understanding and enhancing employability.
Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,
concepts, principles and theories relating to the areas of chemistry being studied
the ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of
qualitative and quantitative problems
the ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data
skills in communicating scientific material and arguments
information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical
information and data
the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar
Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
skills in the safe-handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties including any specific hazards associated with their use and the ability to conduct risk assessments (COSHH)
skills required for the conduct of documented laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems
skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof skills in the operation of standard chemical instrumentation
the ability to interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of their own
experimental data in terms of significance and underlying theory
the ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures
competence in the planning, design and execution of chemistry experiments
skills required to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes
the ability to use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform the planning of future work
communication skills, covering both written and oral communication
problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
numeracy and mathematical skills, including such aspects as error analysis
order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data
information retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information
sources, including information retrieval through online computer searches
a range of IT skills
interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to
engage in teamworking
time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan
and implement efficient and effective modes of working
skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction and originality
the ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other disciplines
the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility
the ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
the ability to assimilate, evaluate and present research results objectively
skills required to undertake a research project