MChem Yr4 Project Execution

Unit code: CHEM42600
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 4
Teaching period(s): Full year
Offered by School of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit?: N




  • developing a research strategy with requisite supervision
  • writing a detailed scientific report with full bibliography
  • presentation and viva voce (interview) examination on the project work.


Students studying in the 4th year of an MChem programme will undertake a major individual research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.  Students will be associated with a research group and will be supported by regular meetings with the project supervisor.

Given the varied nature of the research projects the type of work will differ between students.

Learning outcomes

  • Undertake a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy
  • Produce an detailed scientific report on their research
  • Display their knowledge of the research topic and defend their course of investigation in an oral examination.

Assessment methods

  • Practical skills assessment - 100%

Recommended reading

Dependent on the project undertaken

Feedback methods

In addition to regular informal meetings with the supervisor and research group, there are 6 formal meetings which are specifically designed for feedback on practical work, written work and preparation for presentation and viva.

Study hours

  • Practical classes & workshops - 105.6 hours
  • Project supervision - 6.6 hours
  • Independent study hours - 87.8 hours

Teaching staff

Benjamin Coe - Unit coordinator

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