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Senior Freshman Chemistry


Course Coordinator: Prof. Yurii Gun'ko

This webpage will be updated for the 2020/21 academic year as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



The Senior Freshman year will build on the material covered in the Junior Freshman year, which will help you to decide on which career path to follow. The Senior Freshman year is divided into Semester 1 (Michaelmas term) and Semester 2 (Hilary term) and students take modules to the value of 60 credits (40 core and 20 approved) for the year, split evenly between Semesters 1 and 2 (30 credits each). For more details, see the SF Handbook, available at

The core chemistry modules are: CHU22201 (Chemistry 1; 10 credits) and CHU22202 ( Chemistry 2; 10 credits). CHU22201 consists of core Inorganic and Organic Chemistry topics and CHU22202 consists of intermediate level Physical and Inorganic Chemistry topics. Tuition consists of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The practical element of the modules includes the preparation and analysis of a variety of inorganic compounds, studies on synthetic organic chemistry, and set experiments/exercises in physical chemistry that complement the lectures.

Core Module CHU22201 (10 credits; Semester 1)

Number of Lectures (h)
Molecular Orbital Theory Prof. Mick Morris 6
Coordination Chemistry Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt 8
Molecular Spectroscopy Prof. Joanna McGouran 5
Introduction to Organic Chemistry Prof. Eoin Scanlan 12
Aromatics Prof. Joanna McGouran 9

Core Module CHU22202 (10 credits; Semester 2)

Number of Lectures (h)
Chemical Thermodynamics Prof. Valeria Nicolosi 16
Chemical Kinetics Prof. John Boland 14
Structural Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt 7

Optional Module CHU22203 (5 credits; Semester 1)

CHU22203, Introduction to Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry
Number of Lectures (h)
Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry Prof. Isabel Rozas 18
Bioinorganic Chemistry Prof. Aidan McDonald 12

Optional Module CHU22204 (5 credits; Semester 2)

CHU22204, Chemistry and Chemical Methods for the Environment
Number of Lectures (h)
Inorganic Environmental Chemistry and Green Chemistry Prof. Peter Dunne 8
Introduction to Nuclear and Toxic Elements Chemistry Prof. Yurii Gun’ko 9
Instrumental Methods in Environmental Chemistry Prof. Kim McKelvey 6
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry Prof. Kim McKelvey 7

Modules CHU22203 and CHU22204 consist of lectures and tutorials only.



The College Scholarship Examinations are taken by SF students and are held in the week before Semester 2 begins. The benefits of Scholarship are considerable: prestige, free rooms and Commons for up to five years. For more details, click here.