Organic chemistry underpins research and development in many areas of the chemical industry where the demands of contemporary research are such that advanced training beyond honours degree level is becoming increasingly necessary.
There has been a long tradition of postgraduate lecture courses in the School of Chemistry. This taught MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry builds on such expertise and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of industrially relevant applications of the subject.
The course is designed for both chemistry graduates and those with degrees in combined sciences which include a chemistry component, and aims to enhance their broad understanding of chemistry and perfect their skills in underlying aspects of organic chemistry (organic reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and synthetic strategy).
You can expect to reach the frontiers of knowledge in key aspects of this subject through a series of specialised advanced lecture courses, problem solving classes, advanced laboratory exercises and a part-year laboratory research project.
The course is 45 weeks long. Typically you will take nine tested general- and advanced-level lecture courses and three or four problem-solving classes. Recent topics have included synthesis, asymmetric target oriented synthesis, spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, stereochemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallics, oxidation and reduction, and natural products. These courses are specifically selected to enhance your training on techniques and subjects needed by the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, speciality and fine organic chemicals industries.
The laboratory component of the course runs throughout the working year. It starts with an eight-week programme of advanced laboratory exercises and experiments designed to provide a realistic training in experimental chemistry by building on basic preparative skills. This is followed by a research project, which will be assessed through a written dissertation and oral examination.
Recent Dissertation Titles:
- Gold catalysed syntheses of complex heterocylic systems.
- Enzymes in Synthesis.
- Extending the utility of palladium in cross-coupling reactions.
100% of research activity classified as internationally leading, excellent or recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.