|Courses Four courses are taken:||Assessment First University examinations: Four written papers;satisfactory practical record|
|Courses Core material, including courses on:|
Optional supplementary subject course
|Assessment Part IA examinations: Three written papers|
|Courses Further core material, plus advanced courses with a choice from among a variety of optionsOptional supplementary subject course||Assessment Part IB examinations: Seven written papers;Continuous assessment of practicals|
|Research Full-time research under the supervision of a member of the academic staffOptional supplementary subject course||Assessment Part II examination:Dissertation; oral examination;determination of the class of honours degree|
Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. Lines of innovative work are currently being carried out in areas including: Catalysis; Sustainable Energy Chemistry; Advanced functional materials; Synthesis; Interfacial Science; Innovative Measurement and photon science; Chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine; Kinetics, dynamics and mechanism; Theory and modelling of complex systems.
The first year in Chemistry at Oxford culminates with ‘prelim’ examinations. This comprises four papers on the topics studies throughout the year- covering the traditional areas of Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, together with Mathematics for Chemistry. The first three of these are very broadly based, and include topics from Biological Chemistry and Physics, which are presented in a chemical context.
The second year extends on material from the first year and enters new territory:
principles of quantum mechanics, symmetry and its implications, bonding in molecules, solid state chemistry, diffraction methods. atomic and molecular spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, liquids and solutions, rate processes , valence, transition metal chemistry, coordination chemistry, non-metal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, high energy intermediates, chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides, liquids and solutions, chemistry of organic ring systems, reactive intermediates in organic chemistry, aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry, heteroatom chemistry, biosynthesis of natural products, biological chemistry, organic synthesis, orbitals and mechanisms, conformational analysis and stereoelectronics, maths for chemists, introduction to NMR.
The third year covers topics including: post transition metal chemistry, inorganic reaction mechanisms, solid state chemistry, spectroscopy and magnetism, organometallic reaction mechanisms and catalysis, organic spectroscopy, pericyclic reactions, transition metal catalysts in organic synthesis, strategies in synthesis, magnetic resonance, photophysics & photochemistry, surfaces & soft matter, statistical mechanics.
The fourth year is spent exclusively on research, providing an opportunity to immerse oneself in a significant project. A wide choice of research projects is available in both pure and applied Chemistry and also in related sciences. A senior member of the academic staff will supervise the project and you will have full access to the research facilities of your host laboratory. The year’s work results in a thesis, the assessment of which is normally weighted about one quarter in the final determination of the class of M.Chem honours degree.
Practicals: Are a compulsory part of your education, and these must be satisfactorily passed to satisfy requirements for each year. Topic of practicals include:
Organic Practicals: Dr. Malcolm Stewart
Inorganic Practicals: Dr. Phil Wiseman
Physical Practicals: Dr. Fabrice Birembaut
IT practicals: Dr. Karl Harrison
Supplementary Subjects: A number of supplementary subjects can be taken on an individual basis throughout the course. These can be taken in lieu of 1 practical unit. Topics include :
Aromatic, Heterocyclic and Pharmaceutical
History and Philosophy of Science
The general lecture themes covered can be found in the link below: