MChem Yr4 Project Report

Unit code: CHEM41600
Credit Rating: 30
Unit level: Level 4
Teaching period(s): Full year
Offered by School of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit?: N




This two-semester project exposes students to:

  • Developing a reaserch project with appropriate supervision;
  • Writing a detailed scientific report with full bibliography;
  • Presentation and viva voce (oral examination) on the project work. 

Literature-based projects are not allowed. 


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.

Teaching and learning methods

Research project with appropriate supervision by a member of academic staff and, if appropriate, members of the host reserach group. 

Learning outcomes

Research project with appropriate supervison by a member of academic staff and, if appropriate, members of the host research group. 

Knowledge and understanding

Students successfully completing this unit should have developed the knowledge and understanding necessary to:

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

Assessment methods

  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 100%

Recommended reading

Dependent on the project undertaken, but likely to involve the primary research literature and specialist reviews/monographs. 

Feedback methods

  • Project Report (CHEM41600, 30 credits) - marked by two members of academic staff (NOT the supervisor. 
  • Project execution (CHEM42600, 20 credits) - marked by the project supervisor.
  • Presentation and oral examination (CHEM43600, 10 credits). The presentation (50% of the 10 credit module) will be marked by several staff members from the appropriate teaching section. The oral examination (viva voce) (50%) will be conducted by the two report markers. 
  • Students must also submit their laboratory notebook(s) alongside their final project report. 

Study hours

  • Practical classes & workshops - 160 hours
  • Project supervision - 10 hours
  • Independent study hours - 130 hours

Teaching staff

Richard Layfield - Unit coordinator

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