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CHEM8040 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Module Overview

The module aims to broaden students’ grasp of the current literature in inorganic chemistry. Hence, a series of research level lectures on different aspects of inorganic chemistry will be presented, each with directed reading based around review articles or book chapters, and the assessments aim to give opportunities to further interrogate the research areas.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Bring together presented material and written sources to provide a succinct account of a current topical aspect of an unfamiliar area of research in inorganic chemistry.
  • Research the literature in an unfamiliar area of inorganic chemistry to identify topical research directions and develop a proposal for a new project to further advance one of these directions.
  • Present a summary of a topical research area in inorganic chemistry to an audience of academic staff and your peer group.


A series of research-level topics in inorganic chemistry – the exact selection of topics a will vary each year as new research areas become topical.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly double lectures presented by a selection of staff members to introduce topical areas of inorganic chemistry. Directed reading and suggestions for how to research the literature to find further relevant information.

Wider reading or practice44
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work44
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Assessment Method Three tasks based on three different lectures. 1) A summary account of an aspect of one of the presented research areas, taking in further literature sources. 2) A short research proposal developed from one of the presented research areas and further reading and literature research. 3) A presentation to staff and peer group of key current and future directions in one of the presented research areas. Feedback Method Written feedback and summative mark




MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 100%
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