Subject Summary: Part III Chemistry
Part III (the fourth year) is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in research; it leads to graduation with an M.Sci. degree. The fourth year will be quite different from the previous three years, which have in a sense been a preparation for this final year. There are just two components to the fourth year: a major research project, occupying all of the first and second terms, and a wide selection of research-oriented lecture courses from which a free choice can be made. Students will write up an account of their research project (about 5000 words) and in addition there will be end-of-year examinations.
Programme Specification: Part III Chemistry
This course is taught by the Department of Chemistry
- to build on the knowledge and ideas gained from Part II Chemistry;
- to develop, in selected areas, an understanding of chemistry which will allow the student to appreciate and begin to develop a critical understanding of current research topics, especially those represented in the Department;
- to undertake a substantial and novel research project under the direction of a member of staff, and thereby to gain an understanding of relevant research techniques, and the design and interpretation of experiments;
- to learn how to present their results both orally and in writing.
At the end of the course students should:
- be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the course to solve problems, make calculations, make predictions and rationalize trends and critically evaluate information and data;
- be able to demonstrate their continuing ability to understand and apply fundamental concepts in chemistry;
- have developed general practical, organizational and presentational skills which will enable them to continue with research;
- be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge required for a career as a professional chemist.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions, examples classes and a research project
Assessment for this course is through:
- three unseen written examinations (for aims 1-2 and learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4);
- submission of a dissertation of 5000 words (for aims 3-4 and learning outcomes 3-4);
- presentation to their research group and oral examination on the content of the dissertation (for aims 3-4 and learning outcomes 3-4).
Courses of Preparation
Essential: NST Part II Chemistry
Further information is available on the Course Websites pages.