Shared Postgraduate Modules

ScotCHEM

ScotCHEM is a strategic partnership between Scotland’s research-intensive university chemistry departments. ScotCHEM seeks to advance the study of Chemistry in Scotland. We do this by helping our members to collaborate.  Together we offer world-class depth and breadth in Chemistry. ScotCHEM optimizes access to opportunities and facilities for the benefit of all.

Aim

We aim to offer our researchers an excellent training environment. To this end, our members will begin to share taught modules for PhD students. This will allow us to offer a greater range of topics, at an advanced level, to more students.

Program

In session 2017/18, we will begin our pilot program. The modules will be available to all  PhD students at a ScotCHEM school or department. The capacity of some modules may be limited so please register early. These ScotCHEM modules are a supplement to those already available to you. If a module is already available via your home university, then please register via that route.

Modules Shared Online

Each ScotCHEM member offers a portfolio of training opportunities to its graduate students. These usually include advanced undergraduate and specialist postgraduate taught modules. ScotCHEM will offer video recordings of a selected portfolio of these modules online.  To access these, register your interest with your local Graduate Studies Coordinator. We provide a list of modules below. A description can be found in our module catalogue.

ID Title (Level) Lecturer
ABN1 Interfacial Electrochemistry (5) Dr Cuesta
ABN2 Magnets, Metals and Superconductors (5) Dr McLaughlin
GLA1 Chemistry of the f-block (5) Dr Price
GLA2 Organometallics in Synthesis (5) Dr France
GLA3 Retrosynthesis (5) Dr Prunet
GLA4 Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future (5) Dr Symes
GLA5 Surface Structure & Spectroscopy (5) Prof Kadodwala
GLA6 Dynamics of Molecular Clusters and Fluids (5) Prof Wynne
HWT1 Advanced Physical Instrumentation Techniques (5) Dr Greaves; Dr Nahler
EDNSTA1 Computational Chemistry and Modelling – Computational Modelling of Materials (6) Prof Beuhl et al
EDNSTA2 Computational Chemistry and Modelling – Electronic Structure Theory and Classical Simulation Methods. (6) Prof Beuhl et al
EDNSTA3 Computational Chemistry and Modelling –Computer Aided Drug Design (6) Prof Beuhl et al
STA1 Practical computational chemistry (6) Dr Fruchtl
STA2 Advanced NMR problems (6) Dr Lebl
STA3 An introduction to Fortran (6) Dr van Mourik
STA4 Crystallography (6) Prof Lightfoot
STA5 Electron microscopy (6) Prof Zhou
STR1 The ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ – what can chemists do about it?
(6)
Prof Colin Suckling
STR2 High resolution NMR spectroscopy for small molecules
(6)
Dr John Parkinson
STR3 The Practice and Pitfalls of studying Organic Reaction Mechanisms (6) Dr Marc Reid

Table 1 List of modules available online through ScotCHEM. Level 5 modules are advanced undergraduate classes and level 6 modules are delivered primarily for postgraduates. Module descriptions and details are available in the module catalogue.

Credits and Assessment

Assessment and the award of credit are not automatic for these modules. Indeed, some of our members do not operate a credit system for postgraduates.  If you wish to receive credit you should register your interest by the session deadline (below). We may be able to make arrangements, which fulfil your local credit requirements.

Session 1 deadline: Friday 13th October 2017

Session 2 deadline: Monday 8th January 2017

We provide these modules to aid and encourage, your development as researchers. The point is not simply to amass credits. Rather we aim to broaden your view of science and equip you with the tools needed to do excellent research. If the award of credit is not important, you can “audit” the module. “Audit”, meaning to take part without undergoing an assessment or receiving credit. If you do not need credit, you can register for the modules at any time.

Managing your workload

Starting a PhD can be overwhelming, for the first time you are responsible for managing your own time. There will be many new things to learn. Each student’s experience is unique, so comparison with your peers may not be helpful. For these reasons, it is important to consider carefully your training requirements. You should decide what to do based on the guidance provided by your local School or Department. It is important to discuss your plans with your supervisor.

Accessing Modules

 You can access module content, including lecture recordings, via the ScotCHEM Moodle.  You can find full details on accessing the ScotCHEM Moodle at www.scotchem.ac.uk/moodle/

Questions/Comment/Suggestions

 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions then please contact scotchem@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Graduate Studies Coordinators

Aberdeen

Dundee

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Heriot Watt

St Andrews

Strathclyde