Physical Chemistry (FND14)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module builds upon the introductory chemistry module and develops your understanding of physical chemistry topics. Topics will include: chemical physical equilibrium, entropy, free energy, reaction rate, rate constant, reaction order, correlation between thermodynamics and kinetics, acid and base calculations, redox reactions.

The practicals will build on the laboratory skills acquired in the autumn term, as well as implementing new concepts. There will be a problem based exercise to ensure you can tackle calculations, and a test to confirm your comprehension of the topics covered.


48%: Lecture
35%: Practical (Laboratory)
17%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Problem set)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: