Shared Postgraduate Modules


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 investigate and teach a world-class depth and breadth of 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 share taught modules for Ph.D. students. This allows us to offer a greater range of topics, at an advanced level, to more students.

Program 2019-20

The modules are available to all Ph.D. 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.  For example, a Strathclyde student interested in a module provided by Glasgow should register via the WestCHEM program.

ScotCHEM Ph.D. students may also access some physics modules provided by SUPA. More information is available here.

Modules Shared Online

Each ScotCHEM member offers a range of training opportunities to its graduate students. These usually include advanced undergraduate and specialist postgraduate taught modules. ScotCHEM offers 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.

Semester 1
ABN1 Interfacial Electrochemistry (5) Dr Cuesta
ABN2 Magnets, Metals and Superconductors (5) Dr McLaughlin
ABN3 Research and Research Ethics (5) Dr Cuesta
ABN5 Environmentally Significant Materials (5) Dr McCue
STA1 Practical computational chemistry (6) Dr Fruchtl
STA7 An Introduction to Asymmetric Synthesis and Chirality (5) Prof Smith
STR4 Reactor Engineering (5) Prof Roy


Semester 2
ABN4 Biomaterials (5) Prof Gibson
GLA2 Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future (5) Dr Symes
HWT1 Advanced Physical Instrumentation Techniques (6) Dr Greaves
STA2 Advanced NMR Problems (6) Dr Lebl
STA3 An Introduction to Fortran  (6) Dr van Mourik
STA5 Electron Microscopy (6)
STA6 Electron Microscopy (6) Prof Zhou
STR1 Solid State NMR (5) Prof Ashbrook
STR2 The ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ – what can chemists do about it? (6) Prof Suckling
High resolution NMR spectroscopy for small molecules (6) Dr Parkinson
Review Only
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
STR3 The practice and pitfalls of studying organic reaction mechanisms Dr Reid

Tables List of modules available online through ScotCHEM. Level 4 and 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. The modules highlighted in yellow are provided by Schools of Chemical Engineering.

Registration for semester 2 modules will not open until January.

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 here before the module starts. The start dates are provided in the ScotCHEM Module Catalogue. We may be able to make arrangements which will fulfil your local credit requirements.

Register for Credit Modules

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 hereModule content will become available on our Moodle shortly after the physical classes begin.

Regsiter to Review Modules

Managing your workload

Starting a Ph.D. 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 Deng

Dundee – Prof Mackintosh

Edinburgh – Dr Nudelman

Glasgow – Melanie Mcevoy

Heriot Watt – Dr Vilela

St Andrews – Suzanne Duff

Strathclyde – Roslyn Nimmo