Chemistry with Management Studies (BSc F1N2/ MSci F1NF)

Students take a total of four courses units per year with many courses being half units. For each year of study a student undertakes a number of core (compulsory) units, together with a number of optional chemistry courses and further options al courses from outside the department.

Details for each year are given below. The BSc and MSci differ in the third year and there is a description of the third year given as a separate item. The main differences are that BSc students do less practical work and the Literature Project is optional.

Note that optional units are subject to changes as new areas of chemistry are introduced intro the curriculum or are developed by new staff.

Year 1

Introduction to Chemical Principles (CHEM1004, 1 unit, core)

The aims of CHEM1004 are to lay the foundations of the 3 main branches of chemistry for all of the subsequent courses in the Department. The course material is linked to, but extends considerably, A-level chemistry and related courses.

A laboratory course is included to reinforce key skills.

Topics will include:

  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Atomic spectroscopy
  • Fundamentals of Organic Mechanisms and Stereochemistry
  • Interfaces between the sciences.

Basic Physical Chemistry (CHEM1301, 0.5 unit , core)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to gases through the kinetic theory of gases, and to the description and interpretation of chemical systems using quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics.


  • Kinetic theory of gases.
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Statistical thermodynamics and thermodynamics

Basic Organic Chemistry (CHEM1201, 0.5 unit, core)

To provide a general understanding of organic chemistry and a knowledge of basic organic reactions. The structure, conformation and stereochemistry of organic compounds, as well as their reactions will be studied. A basic  understanding of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry and the synthesis and reactivity of the most important functional groups in organic compounds will be developed.


  • Fundamental concepts of organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alkynes
  • Alkyl halides
  • Preparation of alcohols
  • Ethers and Epoxides
  • Structure and Preparation of Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Preparation of Nitrogen-containing Compounds
  • Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives
  • Review of Key Principles; How to apply Knowledge of Organic Chemistry

Basic Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM1101, 0.5 unit, core)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to key aspects of inorganic chemistry, including solid state structures, the chemistry of phosphorus and hydrogen, and transition metal chemistry. The laboratory course provides training and experience in practical aspects of inorganic chemistry, including synthesis, qualitative, IR spectroscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction. Topics:

  • Transition Metals
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Periodicity of Group 15 elements

Maths (0.5 unit, core)

A maths course appropriate to your level of qualification - GCSE/AS/A-level.

Understanding Management (MSIN6001A, 0.5 unit, core)

Management is the cluster of different tasks, roles and responsibilities that enables people to work together for a variety of ends. This course introduces students to the core concepts and models of management theory in order to equip them with a basic knowledge and understanding of different areas of management, including organisational behaviour, strategic management, and human resource management. The course is delivered through lectures and exercises based on textbook readings. Assessment is through a group presentation (which includes an individual component) and a group case study. There is an end-of-year exam with essay style questions. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, and practices of management with a view to equipping them with the tools to understand the discipline and operate effectively as managers in a business environment.

Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing (STAT6101, 0.5 unit, core)

On completion of this course a student should have an understanding of basic methods of statistics, confidence intervals and significance tests, which they could apply to simple standard solutions in their own field of study.

Year 2

Physical Chemistry (CHEM2301, 1 unit, core)

The aims of this course are to develop further quantum mechanics and thermodynamics and to extend the material of CHEM1301 to spectroscopy, kinetics, and electrochemistry.

A laboratory course support the lecture material developing advanced analysis methods.


  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics, photochemistry and atmospheric chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Solutions and Electrolyte solutions

Organic Chemistry (CHEM2201, 1 unit, core)

The course provides an essential understanding of organic chemistry.


  • structure elucidation by spectroscopic means;
  • electronic structure and reactivity of carbonyl compounds;
  • synthesis and reactivity of simple molecules;
  • basic retrosynthetic analysis;
  • the use of phosphorous, sulfur, boron and silicon reagents in organic synthesis;
  • essential chemistry of heteroaromatic compounds.

Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM2102, 1 unit, core)

To expand upon the concepts and supporting factual material introduced in first year inorganic chemistry (courses CHEM1004 and CHEM1101) and to explore the varied aspects of main group and transition metal chemistry.


  • Principles and Applications of Group Theory
  • Pre- and post-transition metal chemistry
  • Structure, electronics and bonding in the d-block transition metals
  • Chemistry of complex solids

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making A (MSIN7016, 0.5 unit, core)

This course provides an understanding of key issues and applied methodologies relating to management accounting frameworks utilised by organisations. It provides the essentials a manager should have when faced with making hard-edged financial decisions in the context of the business environment.

The focus is on cost management, budgetary control, and short and longer term financial decision making. The framework for management accounting is analysed in the context of providing managers in organisations with the information they need to be able to plan for and subsequently control operations. The emphasis is on making well-informed decisions, gaining insights into the blend of financial analysis and managerial judgment required to enable managers to make appropriate decisions. A feature of the course is on-line student self-assessment progress quizzes, linked to the core text book.

Business in a Competitive Environment B (MSIN7002B, 0.5 unit, core)

This course deals with the big picture, the world in which a company, whether profit or not for profit, operates. It provides a flavour of the skills required to read the strategic position of a company, focussing especially on the interactions between the company and wider systems.

Focus is placed on using economics as a way of reading complex, dynamic systems, providing context for technological changes and the growth of key technologies. These are placed in a real world context through a scenario planning exercise requiring long term forecasting and emphasis is placed throughout on being able to communicate

Year 3

Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (CHEM3301, 0.5 unit, core)

The course will show:

  • how the measurement of molecular quantities via spectroscopy can provide the necessary data for the calculation of macroscopic quantities via statistical mechanics
  • how statistical mechanics can be used to determine important quantities such as equilibrium constants the importance of stability in thermodynamics
  • how a detailed description of the structure and reactivity of surfaces can be developed.


  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • Advanced thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
  • Surfaces and adsorption
  • Electron transfer in solutions and at electrodes

Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis (CHEM3205, 0.5 unit, core)

The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of more advanced areas of organic synthesis. Key areas covered include: Palladium-catalysed reactions; Basic asymmetric synthesis; Pericyclic organic reactions; Stereoelectronic effects; and Stereocontrolled synthesis and manipulation of cyclic and polycyclic molecules.


  • Catalytic Palladium Chemistry in Organic Synthesis
  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Frontier Orbitals in Organic Chemistry
  • Stereoelectronic Effects in Organic Synthesis

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM3101, 0.5 unit, core)


To introduce and discuss four important and diverse areas of inorganic chemistry. To lay the theoretical and practical foundations for advanced courses in some of these areas taken later. To encourage students to investigate these topics by reading beyond the lecture material.


  • Lanthanides and Actinides
  • Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry Processes and Applications
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Main Group Chemistry

An Introduction to Research Methods/Advanced Practical Chemistry (CHEM3001/3, 1.0/0.5 unit, core)

Advanced practical skills are developed through a series of experimental modules.

MSci students (1 unit) do 3 laboratory or computing modules and a further module which involves group work and an oral presentation on a special topic.

BSc students (0.5 unit) do 2 laboratory or computing modules and a further module which involves group work and an oral presentation on a special topic.

Literature Project (CHEM3004, 0.5 unit, core/option)

Core for MSci Students, option for BSc students


To write a review of a current research area in chemistry of up to 5,000 words (excluding figures and schemes), containing at least 20 references to primary scientific literature.


To identify and document key aspects of recent research literature on a specified topic, using a variety of (largely electronic) search methods and databases; to acquire a firm understanding and overview of the specific field of research defined by the project, and to put in context, and in an objective manner, key research results; to write a concise review that is scientifically correct and communicates good understanding of the specific area.

Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (MSIN3101, 0.5 unit, core)

This course aims to introduce the basic principles of project, programme and portfolio (3P) management and how 3P management differs from operational management. It will introduce the key tools and techniques to initiate, plan and manage projects, programmes and portfolios. Portfolio management will be considered in the wider context of business strategy. Essential management skills such as leadership, team building and conflict management will be explored in the context of projects and programmes.

The focus is on giving the student a practical framework based on industry experience and standards, in particular the Association for Project Management (APM). The option of students being able to take the APM Introductory Certificate and gain an industry recognised qualification is currently being investigated and may be offered subject to availability.

Optional Courses (0.5/1.5 unit)

MSci students take an additional half unit from the range of third year optional courses provided by the department of management science and innovation. 

BSc studenst take an additional half unit from the department of management science and innovation, a further half unit chemistry course and a further half unit from any approved undergraduate course.

Management options may include:

Corporate Financial Strategy
E-Business Environment and Management
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Innovation Management
International Business
Law for Managers
Marketing Communications
Mastering Entrepreneurship A
Mastering Entrepreneurship B
Operations and Technology Management
Organisational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Digital Marketing
Global Marketing Strategy

Current Chemistry units offered:

Concepts in Computational and Experiment Chemistry
Inorganic Rings, Chains and Clusters
Biological Chemistry
Principles of Drug Design
Pathways, Intermediates and Function in Organic Chemistry
Numerical Methods in Chemistry
New Directions in Materials Chemistry

The BSc third year can be viewed here.

Year 4

Advanced Chemical Research Project (CHEMM901, 2 units, core)

The course involves two terms' research under the direct supervision of one or, in some cases, two members of the academic staff.

Experimental work starts in the second week of the first term and be completed three weeks from the end of the second term. The total time available is therefore 1 week for reading and preparation, 19 weeks for experimental work and 3 weeks to produce a final report. An average of about 22 hours a week should be devoted to the project, including reading, writing and discussions, giving a total load of about 500 hours. 

Assessment is through the supervisor's observation, a project report, an oral examination and a presentation.

Advanced Chemistry Options (two 0.5 units)

Either Mergers and Valuation or Investigating Fraud (MSIN3004 or MSIN3005, 0.5 unit, core)

Mergers and Valuation (MSIN3004, 0.5 unit)

This course provides students with an understanding of prevailing company valuation methodologies and approaches in general, and specifically for acquisitions. As such it establishes the core knowledge and understanding required to make sense of the complexities of the financial and non-financial aspects associated with the valuation of businesses the context of mergers, acquisitions and take-overs.

The Valuations focus of the course includes the concepts and associated applications of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis, the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the Competitive Advantage Period, Free Cash Flow, and the measurement of the success or otherwise of acquisition(s). Associated aspects considered include Initial Public Offering Pricing, Value Creation Strategies, and the Managing for Value concept. The Mergers focus examines the forces and drivers influencing valuation of companies for acquisition purposes, acquisition success or failure, M&A pricing as distinct from valuation. A common thread linking each focus is the issue of whether mergers create or destroy value.

Prior accounting/finance studies are not presumed. Successful completion of this course will result in having gained insights into and approaches to the valuation of businesses and processes for mergers, acquisitions and takeovers.

Investigating Fraud (MSIN3005, 0.5 unit)

This course covers issues of (1) company management and financial fraud (such as Ponzi schemes and deceptive accounting practices), (2) corporate governance policies and mechanisms such as audit committees, audit quality and ethics and (3) forensic accounting: investigation designed to uncover fraud and other forms of financial or accounting misdeeds.

This cou prorsevides the essentials managers and analysts require to detect conditions which may prompt organizations and/or individuals to commit fraud and the skills to detect overly aggressive and potentially misleading accounting policies.

Advanced Management Option (0.5 unit)

Students take a further advanced management option.

Management options may include:

Corporate Financial Strategy
E-Business Environment and Management
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Innovation Management
International Business
Marketing Communications
Operations and Technology Management
Organisational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Law for Managers
Mastering Entrepreneurship

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