Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry (F1173)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module aims to familiarise students with the important modern methods used in industry and academia for the synthesis of carbon-carbon bonds in organic compounds.

A mechanistic understanding of the underlying chemistry will be described for each method. Each case will be illustrated with examples taken from methods reported in the scientific literature.

By the end of the module you will be in a position to design a synthetic route to novel chemical structures, and this will be assessed by means of four problem sheets and an unseen examination.


88%: Lecture
12%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 28 hours of contact time and 122 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.