Shared Postgraduate Modules

Our Shared Postgraduate Module program will be refreshed on 31.08.18. Until then new registrations have been suspended. Please check the site again in September.


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.


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.


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. We provide a list of modules below. Descriptions 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
HWT1 Advanced Physical Instrumentation Techniques (5) Dr Greaves; Dr Nahler
EDNSTA1 Computational Chemistry and Modelling – Electronic Structure Theory and Classical Simulation Methods (6) Prof Bühl et al
EDNSTA2 Computational Chemistry and Modelling – Computational Modelling of Materials (6) Prof Bühl et al
EDNSTA3 Computational Chemistry and Modelling – Computer Aided Drug Design (6) Prof Bühl 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?
Prof Suckling
STR2 High-resolution NMR spectroscopy for small molecules
Dr Parkinson
STR3 The Practice and Pitfalls of studying Organic Reaction Mechanisms (6) Dr 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 with your local Graduate Studies Coordinator by the session deadlines (below). We may be able to make arrangements which will fulfil your local credit requirements.

Session 1 deadline: Friday 13th October 2017

Session 2 deadline: Friday 12th 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. You can do this by registering hereModule content will become available in our Moodle shortly after the physical classes begin.

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.


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions then please contact us here.

Graduate Studies Coordinators/Contact

Aberdeen – Dr Cuesta

Dundee – Prof Mackintosh

Edinburgh – Prof Shaver

Glasgow – Roy Thomas

Heriot Watt – Prof Costen

St Andrews – Suzanne Duff

Strathclyde – Roslyn Nimmo