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Programme Specification: Part II Chemistry

This course is taught by the Department of Chemistry


  1. to build on the knowledge and ideas gained from the Part IB Chemistry courses;
  2. to further develop the theories and ideas studied previously, extending their scope, the complexity of the systems being studied and the need for critical evaluation;
  3. to provide the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge in particular areas of chemistry up to the level expected for a chemistry graduate;
  4. to exemplify and offer the chance to study areas of chemistry which are of current research interest;
  5. to build on and develop the practical skills gained in Part IB, introducing more sophisticated measurements and preparative techniques, and the design of experiments;
  6. to gain an appreciation of the chemical literature and related data bases and how such information can be accessed and assessed;
  7. (optional) to have the opportunity to study a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should:

  1. be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the course to solve problems, make calculations, make predictions and rationalize trends;
  2. have a deeper appreciation of selected areas of chemistry such as would prepare them for advanced study;
  3. have enhanced practical skills;
  4. have an appreciation of how to find out and assess chemical information;
  5. (optional) have a working knowledge of a foreign language.

Teaching and Learning Methods

These include lectures, supervisions, practical classes and examples classes


Assessment for this course is through:

  • four unseen written examinations (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-2);
  • submission of practical notebooks containing records of practical work (for aim 5 and learning outcome 3);
  • short tests and/or the submission of other exercises (for aims 6-7 and learning outcomes 4-5);

Courses of Preparation

Essential: NST Part IB Chemistry A and NST Part IB Chemistry B; it is possible to follow the course having taken only NST Part IB Chemistry B but it is important to realise that the choice within the course will be reduced.

Recommended: any Part IB NST subject complementary to either Part IB Chemistry A or Chemistry B e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Materials Science, and biological subjects with a molecular focus.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.