School of Chemical Sciences


Students pursuing a postgraduate programme in Chemistry can choose from the following courses.

For more detailed information please consult the Chemical Sciences handbook.


  • CHEM 690 A & B Graduate Diploma dissertation (Chemistry)
  • CHEM 691A & B Postgraduate Diploma dissertation (Chemistry)
  • CHEM 701 PG Topics in Chemistry 1 and 2
    Each course is a directed reading and individual study course to initiate students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of Chemistry. Enrolment in this course will be dependent on a recommendation of the Head of Department.
  • CHEM 710 Structural and computational chemistry
    This course comprises quantum mechanics and the calculation of molecular structure at the fundamental level. Also included are statistical thermodynamics: the relationship between molecular structure and balk properties of matter. Another subject is the quantum mechanics of magnetic resonance: theory and applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy in structural chemistry.
  • CHEM 720 Advanced inorganic chemistry
    The topics covered are chosen from areas of current research in inorganic chemistry, and will include functional supramolecular devices, organometallic and inorganometallic chemistry and main group element multiple bonding.
  • CHEM 730 Modern methods for the synthesis of bioactive molecules
    This course comprises the use of modern methods for the construction of complex molecules with an emphasis on carbon-carbon bond formation and control of stereochemistry. Other subjects include principles and practice of synthesis design based on retrosynthetic analysis. Each student will present and discuss a recent synthesis of a complex bioactive organic compound.
  • CHEM 735 Advanced medicinal chemistry
    This course will explore a selection of topics dealing with different aspects of medicinal chemistry. Current topics include anticancer agents, antibacterial and antiviral chemotherapy, the vasculature as a drug target and photodynamic therapy.
  • CHEM 738 Biomolecular chemistry
    This course discusses how techniques including NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, neutron scattering and computational modeling can characterise the molecular structure, dynamics and interactions of biological macromolecules. The principles of each technique will be presented and complemented with examples of where these methods have made major advances in understanding important biochemical processes. This course is accessible to students with a background in Chemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, or Physics.
  • CHEM 740 Current topics in analytical chemistry
    This course comprises principles and applications of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis will be on the solution of problems met by analytical chemists, including a study of the development of instrumentation and a study of current trends in analytical research.
  • CHEM 750 A and B Advanced topics in Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 751 A and B Advanced topics in Chemistry 2
    This is a modular course, comprising topics in physical, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry related to current departmental research interest. Students satisfactorily completing three modules will be awarded CHEM 750. Students satifactorily completing an additional three modules will be awarded CHEM 751.
  • CHEM 770 Advanced environmental chemistry
    This course comprises selected current research topics in environmental chemistry. Examples include Antarctic meltwater chemistry, impacts of geothermal energy and earth resource exploitation, trace metal fingerprinting, trace metal speciation modelling, persistent organic contaminants, indoor air chemistry and the atmospheric impact of aircraft emission. This course includes a half-day field trip.
  • CHEM 780 Advanced materials chemistry
    This course comprises a selection of topics on the chemistry of advanced materials, including the electronic properties of solid materials, the electrochemistry of corrosion and polymers for new technologies.
  • CHEM 793 A and B BSc(Hons) Dissertation in Chemistry
  • CHEM 795 Research methods in Chemistry
    This course comprises a review of the literature and research methods associated with a selected chemistry research topic and an outline of the proposed research and its significance. Students will also be required to present an overview of the proposal in a seminar.
  • CHEM 796 A & B MSc Thesis in Chemistry