Quantum Chemistry (F10011)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module you’ll explore the various theorems, methods and techniques which form the basis of theoretical and computation quantum chemistry.

You’ll start with the foundations and theorems of quantum mechanics, and then move on to operators and matrices in quantum chemistry.

You’ll be introduced to techniques of approximation, including the variational method and perturbation theory.

You’ll also explore the solution of the electronic Schrödinger equation under different approximations. This will provide a comprehensive, critical understanding of computational quantum chemistry methods applicable to chemical research.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


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

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: