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CHEM6133 Scientific writing and presentation skills for Chemistry MSc

Module Overview

This module is consists of the completion of the literature review in preparation for the student’s MSc dissertation project, which will be completed in the third semester, and its presentation in the form of a written report.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate the results of a review of the scientific literature relevant to your project in writing, using appropriate scientific terminology and formatting.
  • Manage personal study time effectively to balance the different needs of the literature review and other course work.
  • Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
  • Work independently towards achieving well defined objectives.
  • Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to a research area.


Literature Review - Completion of an extended piece of written work. - Fortnightly meetings with supervisor(s), either independently or in groups. - Training in literature searching using online methods and databases. - Training in scientific writing. - Submission and assessment of the dissertation report. - Presentation of literature study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Workshops and short lectures will be used to present key knowledge, concepts and a general framework of for the conduct of independent research. Supervisory meetings one-to-one tuition to devise dissertation subject, set milestones, and review progress.

Completion of assessment task40
Practical classes and workshops16
Wider reading or practice78
Project supervision12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 70%
Oral presentation 20%
Supervisor's evaluation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 70%
Oral presentation 20%
Supervisor's evaluation 10%
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