Chemistry - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MRes Chemistry

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PCJ67001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Chemistry (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry

Programme Leader

WATSON DJ Dr (Chemistry)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

The aim of the MRes is training in the more laboratory-based aspects of chemical research. The objectives and learning outcomes/skills are that the student will be able to: assess, plan, carry out, analyse, interpret and disseminate (all with appropriate training and supervision) a significant piece of chemistry research to an extent that results in a satisfactory assessment of a dissertation and viva

In addition, competence in related (non-laboratory based) aspects of research training will be assessed via examination (formal exam and/or coursework) of lecture/workshop-based modules

A knowledge of discipline-related aspects of professional training including data analysis, literature searching and reporting and presentation techniques

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Knowledge and understanding of the scientific method K
Knowledge and understanding of research ethos and strategy K
Knowledge and understanding of advanced communication skills K
Knowledge and understanding of reporting of technical concepts K
Knowledge and understanding of critical analysis K
Knowledge and understanding of advanced aspects of chemistry including subjects at the frontiers of the discipline K
Knowledge and understanding of advanced principles in a research led area of chemistry K
Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation K
Knowledge and understanding of statistics for data analysis K
Knowledge and understanding of the principles of experimental design K
The ability to plan and carry out an advance research project C
The ability to analyse and solve problems of technical nature under consideration of various constraints C
The ability to make effective and efficient decisions in an environment of conflicting interests C
The ability to think strategically C
The ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others C
The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies C
The ability to self-reflect to improve behaviour C
Assessment of the research literature P
Risk assess experiments / procedures P
Design and set up experiments using the most appropriate methods P
Carry out laboratory work safely P
Deal safely with unexpected events / results P
Apply prior knowledge to new situations P
Planning T
Organisation T
Independent working T
Apply prior knowledge to unfamiliar problem T
Using initiative T
Time-management T
Personal development planning T
Use of word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphical software packages T
Management of data T
Effective literature / patent searching T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.