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The University of Southampton

CHEM6090 Chemistry Advanced Research Project

Module Overview

The project involves approximately 600 hours of commitment including 14 weeks of full-time practically based research work.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively time manage the practical and theoretical workload associated with the research work;
  • Present conclusions and suggestion for further work that are evidence based and consistent with the results of project work.
  • Make judgments on the direction of research work on the basis of an understanding of the chemical literature;
  • Demonstrate initiative in developing solutions to problems related to the research project.
  • Prepare risk assessments for all practical work undertaken;
  • Undertake complex practical and theoretical tasks to support any given research hypothesis;
  • Maintain a laboratory/ work record to a professional standard;
  • Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources;
  • Apply core chemistry knowledge in advanced problem solving;
  • Distill complex data from different sources into a coherent package of supporting evidence;
  • Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to the research area;
  • Communicate the project results with clarity, both verbally and in writing, and by using appropriate scientific terminology;


Semester 1 content * Full-time work throughout first semester (requirement of 35 hours per week), including most of examination period. The majority of time will be spent in practical research on your project although there will be an expectation that you complete the necessary literature work to allow you to accomplish your laboratory work effectively. The practical work associated with the project will be completed during this period. A project plan is required for submission by 1400 on Tuesday of week 3. A draft of the introduction must be submitted in January In March hand-in of dissertation for supervisor feedback . Begin of May : Dissertation submission Please note the deadline for submission of the dissertation and penalties for late submission will be applied according to the university regulations. Oral examinations (viva) of the project work - you will need to arrange a time to suit you, your supervisor and nominated examiner. There is also an assessed presentation that will be in the early part of the summer term. There is also a mandatory, non-contributory poster presentation session for all graduating MChem students (date pre-Easter vacation). * Students on a combined honours/ NatSci course might have one lecture course in Semester 1.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Self-study with one to one tuition as appropriate.

Completion of assessment task70
Supervised time in studio/workshop450
Follow-up work44
Project supervision12
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time601





MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 60%
Supervisor's evaluation 10%
Symposium  (20 minutes) 10%
Viva 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 70%
Viva 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: CHEM3049 or CHEM3012.

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