Atmospheres and Interfaces (F1022)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module, you are introduced to concepts and principles in atmospheric chemistry and surface science.

Many properties of atmospheres are governed by mass transport and chemical cycles that are readily understood by application of fundamental physical and chemical principles.

As well as key physical laws governing atmospheric behaviour, you explore homogeneous reactions that give rise to important atmospheric constituents and the role of aerosols in heterogenous reactions.

In the second part of the module, you focus on a more detailed view of the structures and properties of surfaces. And you develop a fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and modern nanochemistry.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: