Brighton, United Kingdom

Organic Chemistry: Molecules and Mechanisms

when 28 June 2021 - 19 July 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2250

The aim of the module is to introduce students to organic chemistry and develop the groundwork needed to understand the structures of organic molecules, bonding and an introduction to chemical transformations. You will be exposed to the chemical characterisation techniques needed to determine structures following reactions.

Real-life issues will be explored, including an "introduction to drug action" during lectures, exploring the chemical; structures, bonding and transformations of simple anti-cancer drugs. Through these theoretical and practical studies, you will expand your knowledge of structure molecules and bonding; analysis of modules and will learn how to identify organic structure of drugs.

You will gain an understanding of the structure and function of organic molecules, including nomenclature and stereochemistry. This module will provides you with practical experience in the laboratory, with at least 1 day a week spent in the laboratory. You will demonstrate an awareness of organic chemistry laboratory skills including competent and safe use of equipment such as rotary evaporators and reflux condensers. You will develop presentation skills as part of a group poster presentation.

Sussex is a research-intensive university. The School of Life Sciences specialises in Organic & Medical Chemistry, Materials & Catalysis and Fundamental chemical processes and Interactions. The Departments has received two Nobel Prizes in the field of Chemistry.

Target group

This module is based upon a first year university module in organic chemistry, designed for students looking to gain practical experience in the laboratory. To be suitable to take this module you will need to have an academic background in Chemistry.

Course aim

- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of organic molecules, including nomenclature and stereochemistry and have a general understanding of the acid and base properties of organic.
- Be able to describe the bonding of simple organic molecules and the polarisation of different atoms in molecules, to predict the reactivity of basic functional groups.
- Use the curved arrow notation to show how a chemical transformation has taken place.
- Demonstrate an awareness of organic chemistry laboratory skills.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2250: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2250. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition - £1500 per session
Accommodation and campus programme fee - £750 per session

Tuition fees of £1500 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition feer, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.