Chemistry with a European Language (BSc F1R9/ MSci F1RX)

Students undertake study of an European language with the intention of spending year four of the MSci degree abroad doing a research project.

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.But most importantly, you do not have the option of study abroad with the BSc.

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.

Topics:

  • 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.

Topics:

  • 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

European Language (two 0.5 unit)

Depending on your previous experience, two half units in the same language are undertaken with the Language Centre.
The languages currently on offer are French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Maths (0.5 unit, core)

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

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.

Topics

  • 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.

Topics:

  • 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.

Topics:

  • 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

European Language (two 0.5 unit)

Depending on your previous experience, two half units in the same language are undertaken with the Language Centre.
The languages currently on offer are French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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.

Topics:

  • 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.

Topics:

  • 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)

Aims

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.


Topics:

  • 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

Aims

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.

Objectives

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.

European Language (two 0.5 units)

Depending on your previous experience, two half units in the same language are undertaken with the Language Centre.
The languages currently on offer are French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Options (BSc only)

BSc students select a further 0.5 unit from a wide range of Chemistry options and another 0.5 unit from Chemistry options or other approved undergraduate options.

The BSc third year can be viewed here.

Year 4

Exchange Advanced Research Project in Europe (CHEMM902, 4 unit, core)

The fourth year is an independent research project in one of our partner universities to which UCL Chemistry has links through the ERASMUS Scheme sponsored by the European Union.

Assessment will be performed at UCL together with students taking CHEMM901.

Currently UCL Chemistry has links with

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