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.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Problem set)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.