MSc degree courses are provided in three key areas of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and in Pharmaceutical Analysis. They are designed to provide advanced knowledge and hands-on training in modern analytical instrumental techniques. Separation science, sensors, and spectroscopic techniques are key elements alongside chemometrics, instrumentation and advanced research project completion. You will have the flexibility to specialise in a chosen field and further advancement to PhD research is available to highly motivated and talented postgraduates.
The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.
On completion of this course, you will be able to:
identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds
outline fundamental and applied aspects of chemical analysis
design and carry out a method of pharmaceutical and chemical analysis, including instrumental analysis
prepare written laboratory reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly, and provide an appropriate conclusion
communicate effectively with the chemistry, environmental and pharmaceutical communities
carry out research and method development in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis
prepare a written research report in the form of a dissertation
The MSc Degree in Applied Science is awarded to successful candidates after passing written examinations across all taught modules, including the continuously assessed practical module CM6015, and the research project (from CM6016-8), which has to be written up in the form of a dissertation and approved by the external examiner.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
Plus 10 credits from the following areas of application:
Plus ONE of the following Research Projects:
NOTE: The choice of Research Project informs the choice of MSc programme. Modules CM6012-4 and PF6301, EV4002 are mainly lectures, given in periods one and two of the academic year. Practical laboratory training experiments must also be completed under CM6015.
In period two, you choose a research project area and start literature surveys, while April to September is dedicated to research work, and written examinations take place in May and June. Dissertation completion and submission deadlines are mid-September each year.
Candidates must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a subject(s) related to that of the MSc programme.
The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree. Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, or with proven and relevant industrial experience can be considered for places following interview and assessment.
No work experience is required.
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