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Advanced Research Project (Industry) - CHE00051M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Neil Hunt
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

The Advanced Research Project module runs throughout both semesters of year-4. All MChem students (together with MSci students specialising in Chemistry) must complete an Advanced Research Project based in industry, abroad or in York.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24 to Semester 2 2023-24

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. You will interact with more senior researchers, and improve your scientific communication skills.

Module learning outcomes

Students will

  • develop high-level research skills going beyond the understanding of the content of research and towards the planning and evaluation of effective research strategies.
  • demonstrate critical thinking about chemistry by planning, conducting and evaluating their work in the broader context of modern chemistry in ways compatible with modern research methods.
  • build on existing organisational skills to develop higher level skills in a research environment in industry.
  • demonstrate their initiative through the management of a research project towards meeting its objectives.
  • extend their team-working and collaborative skills in a research setting in industry.
  • extend their writing and presentation skills through a dissertation and oral presentation at a level consistent with the communication of modern research.

Module content

Project Details

Your placement will typically be 12 months in duration with some variation depending on the company. Most students will start their placements over the summer vacation. Each project will have an industrial supervisor, a placement supervisor and an independent panel member.

You will spend all of your time on the placement with the exception of required attendance at formal meetings (see year-4 handbook for details).

Your time should be broken down roughly as follows:-

Time spent preparing report: 130 h

Project training session 3 h

Time on project: 620 h

Private Study 47 h

Total 800 h

Project Assessment

Project marks are broken down as follows:

% Marks

Project (80 credits)

Project execution


Project report


See year-4 handbook for details of marking guidelines.

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.

The Advanced Research Project (Industry) is undertaken during a year-long industrial placement secured by application and interview during the previous academic year. The industrial placement must be undertaken with a company authorised by the Department and obtained through Departmental recruitment procedures as outlined in the MChem(Industry) Placement Choices Handbook.


Task Length % of module mark
Project execution
N/A 40
Project report
N/A 60

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

The project supervisor(s) will give feedback on an interim project report, to be submitted early in semester 2 (see year-4 handbook). Progress of the project can be discussed with the project supervisor throughout the year.

Feedback will be provided regarding the final project report upon completion of the module.

Indicative reading

Research articles, 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.