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Advanced Research Project (York) - CHE00028M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Moore
  • Credit value: 90 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The advanced research project is designed to improve and develop your skills for independent research and to introduce you to some of the advanced experimental methods you can expect to use when working in an industrial or academic research laboratory. The project runs over all three terms of Year 4. Early in Term 10, formal training will be provided in the form of:

  • A project planning and management course
  • A project planning session,where you and your supervisor will draw up a plan for the project, including timings, objectives and deliverables.
  • A safety course.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will develop high level research skills.
  • Students will think critically about chemistry, placing their work in broader context of modern chemistry.
  • Students will exhibit organisational skills.
  • Students will have the opportunity to show their initiative.
  • Students will work as part of a team and exhibit collaborative skills.
  • Students will write up their project in the form of a dissertation.
  • Students will develop presentation skills.
  • Students will demonstrate synoptic understanding in an oral examination from a panel of academic staff.

Module content

Project Details

This is an 90-credit module, which runs over the Terms 10, 11 and 12 of Year 4. Your time should be broken down roughly as follows:-

Time spent preparing report: 150 h

Time spent preparing for oral presentation: 44 h

Oral presentation and questions: 3 h

Project training session 3 h

Time on project: 640 h

Private Study 60 h

Total 900 h

Project Assessment

Project marks are broken down as follows:

% Marks

Project (90 credits)

Project execution


Project report


Oral presentation


If you wish to graduate with one of these three specific degree titles (Chemistry, Green Principles and Sustainable Processes; Chemistry, the Atmosphere and the Environment; Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry) then your research project must be undertaken in this area.


Task Length % of module mark
Project Report
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 25
Project Assessment
N/A 35

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

The project supervisor(s) will give feedback on one draft of the project report, provided a draft is submitted in good time in advance of the submission deadline. Progress of the project can be discussed with the project supervisor throughout the year.

Informal verbal feedback on the project and performance during the oral presentation and examination will be given by the two markers present during the oral presentation.

Indicative reading

Depending on individual project.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.