Symmetry, Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy (F1702)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Build on the quantum mechanical description of atoms and molecules you developed in year 1, and extend them (with the aid of group theory) to the ground and excited states of polyatomic molecular systems.

You’ll understand the electronic, vibrational and rotational states of molecular systems across the periodic table. You’ll aslo explore experimental ways of measuring transitions between these states, using high resolution spectroscopic techniques.


67%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. 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.


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