The MSc in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry is aimed at those with a strong interest in modern instrumentation and in novel methods of chemical and forensic analysis.
A revolution in forensic, environmental and pharmaceutical science has been borne through advances in analytical science. We are now seeing a strong, worldwide demand for imaginative, skilled analysts who have knowledge and hands-on experience of modern analytical instrumentation.
Forensic science is a multidisciplinary activity that relies on chemical and analytical techniques to provide invaluable evidence from investigations of disasters, accidents and criminal activities. It may involve the detection of tiny amounts of explosives, poisons and drugs or the identification of fibres, paints, combustion residues, glass fragments, or counterfeit currency. Forensic work is also of a biological nature, with crime detection techniques such as DNA fingerprinting requiring an understanding of the underlying biochemistry.
The University’s Analytical Science Group has an international reputation for its innovative approach to analytical and forensic chemistry. We are one of the UK’s premier analytical groups, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation.
In Semester 1 you take three core modules. These are designed to give a broad and balanced understanding of the most important developments in modern analytical and forensic chemistry:
In Semester 2 you use key research tools – such as online information retrieval – to learn about the background and the planning behind your chosen research project. You will also develop specialist knowledge of analytical and forensic chemistry:
In Semester 3 you complete an advanced analytical and forensic chemistry research project culminating in a Masters-level thesis and an oral presentation of your research successes:
Your learning will be diverse and varied. It will include interactive lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, and computer lab sessions. You will explore the theoretical, practical and investigative aspects of analytical chemistry and forensic science, and develop invaluable professional skills, including the application of quality assurance and health safety, oral and written communication skills, problem solving, data handling and working in teams.
* All modules are subject to availability.
We teach a modern curriculum covering key areas of analytical chemistry of importance to industry, including process analysis, quality assurance, spectrometry and chromatography; and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research topics in areas such as lab-on-a-chip.
The knowledge and skills you will learn on this MSc will prepare you for a career in forensic science providing invaluable evidence from investigations of disasters, accidents and criminal activities.
We undertake world-class research in many scientific areas and are famous for our pioneering work on liquid crystals. Many of our Masters students choose to progress on to PhD-level study.
Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.
Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.
They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit.
Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.
You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.
We aim to give you:
We utilise mobile technology in our teaching by providing you with an iPad for you to use throughout your studies. You will benefit from interactive teaching environments that simulate the clinical laboratory where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life clinical case scenarios.
Laboratory research experience
You have the option to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory conducting research to present in your dissertation.
Professional teaching and learning
Most of the course is taught by NHS professionals working in the field of clinical biochemistry. You will also learn alongside students from a variety of health science backgrounds within pathology, helping you to integrate within a health service laboratory team in the future.
We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.
The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.
The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.
There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:
PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)
PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)
You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
You will undertake your theoretical learning on the main University campus.
Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Individual units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development .
Our course attracts a wide range of students from a bioscience and medical background from home and abroad.
Many students study this course as a springboard for further academic research or as a stepping stone before applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
The course may also help individuals with their own career progression if they are already working within a clinical laboratory. The course also attracts intercalating medical students and professionals who may wish to specialise in clinical biochemistry/chemical pathology.
This course is approved by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.
This analytical chemistry masters is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Each of these techniques contains a number of key common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), facility management and enterprise into the programme. A group analytical project develops interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team and will be the first opportunity for students to independently fully exercise some of the components of the course taught in the first semester. The integral research project provides an opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.
Analytical Chemistry is the largest employment area for the chemical sciences. The Instrumental Analytical Chemistry MSc gives you a boost to your bachelor’s degree that significantly increases your employability. We offer an advanced, instrumentation-driven postgraduate education in modern analytical chemistry with some elements in combination with one or more specialist research areas such as synthesis or data science.
You will receive comprehensive, hands-on, training with state-of-the-art research-led instrumentation in the techniques and provision of Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction. This training will then be used in your research project, which focuses on the application of these techniques to most areas of mainstream chemistry.
The MSc masters in analytical chemistry programme will provide you with knowledge, understanding and strong practical skills in:
¹ Analytical science currently defined by the EPSRC as principally consisting of mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction
With a masters in analytical chemistry you could find employment with:
The Analytical Toxicology MSc is a unique study programme that integrates theoretical and practical aspects of analytical science with clinical and forensic toxicology. This course will provide you with a detailed knowledge and comprehensive understanding of advanced analytical toxicology and its applications.
The Analytical Toxicology MSc has been designed for scientists wishing to enter the field of clinical or forensic toxicology, or for clinical and forensic specialists wanting to develop their existing knowledge and professional experience. This one-year course explores the close connections between clinical and forensic toxicology through a range of modules that includes advanced analytical toxicology, core analytical sciences, biochemical, clinical and forensic toxicology. You will also complete a research project and dissertation related to analytical toxicology.
You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the research project and dissertation.
The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus (Franklin Wilkins Building).
Work placements are at a variety of sites including Cambridgeshire, Surrey, Malvern, Birmingham, and Teddington.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Graduate career paths include analytical and supervisory roles within government and private institutions.
This programme offers you an academically-challenging and career-developing study of biological systems at the molecular and cellular level.
Biochemistry is fundamental to most areas of life-science; it has a major impact on modern medical research and is essential in the pharmaceutical, nutrition, forensic, bioengineering, agricultural and environmental industries.
The programme is designed to produce highly skilled and motivated biochemists that are suitable for employment in the life-sciences or for further academic research.
You will be taught to apply chemical and physical principles to biological molecules in complex living systems in order to expand your understanding of the molecular basis of the processes which take place within these organisms.
Through a combination of taught courses, practical skills training and laboratory-based research, you will explore the structures, dynamics, interactions and metabolic pathways of biological molecules, from small molecules to large macromolecular complexes.
Teaching and learning activities include:
Students will have practical skills training and will attend problem and computer-based tutorials and workshops.
Those students progressing to MSc level will carry out their own research project at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This also involves reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, writing a dissertation and giving a presentation.
The programme aims to develop:
You will enhance your career prospects by acquiring knowledge of contemporary biochemistry from world experts in the field, by being trained in advanced analytical and presentation skills, and by having independent research experience in a modern, world-class laboratory.
This second year Master degree allows students to deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of analytical control of drugs and health products that are based on plants. It focuses on the quality control of such health products compared to international standards.
The Master degree also aims to increase the safety of therapeutic products that are based on plants and which are therefore not concerned by the pharmaceutical circuit controls. The program thus develops a strong interdisciplinary dimension through the involvement of pharmaceutical sciences, technical sciences and the legal domain.
Semester 1: Education units in Bordeaux
Semester 1: Education units in Rabat-Morocco
Graduates from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Bordeaux have an excellent employment record.
Graduates may access leading positions within pharmaceutical organizations; the cosmetics and food industry in France and around the world.
Our part-time MSc in Chemical Food Safety and Integrity is a largely distance learning course aimed at aspiring factory or company quality managers who want to develop the knowledge, techniques and skills needed to deliver safe food products.
It is also suitable for professionals in the analytical services sector, vendors of equipment and analytical test kits, and researchers.
Through our course, you will receive training in food chemical safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.
You will also develop research skills through a workplace-based research project if you choose to study for the MSc award. PGDip and PGCert options are also available.
Each unit runs for a semester and is mainly delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.
Developed and delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera, this course represents a unique partnership between academia and industry spanning food manufacturing, analytical services provision and instrument manufacturers.
This course aims to train students in chemical food safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.
This course is delivered by experts in a range of subjects, including risk assessment, analytical methodology, food fraud, food contaminants and food allergen risk management.
We work with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera to develop and deliver the course.
Learn when it suits you thanks to the part-time blended learning nature of this course.
Each unit runs for a semester and is largely delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.
Face-to-face teaching will comprise a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions, as well as group work using case studies.
There will also be practical demonstrations of particular types of analytical methodology, utilising instrument platforms available at the University.
Online material will include a weekly online webinar/seminar on a rotation between the course tutors with a web-based Q&A session.
Each student will be provided with an academic advisor. Advisors will meet with you during the first residential week and schedule contact points (eg via video conferencing) to check on your progress.
The MSc dissertation is a workplace-based research project that can be either lab-based or a a desk-based study (eg systematic review) completed remotely, followed up by a short visit to one of the study centres to undertake a laboratory-based project.
You will attend an intensive face-to-face two-day workshop to help you develop project aims, objectives and work plans in an interactive fashion while also identifying risks and undertaking contingency planning.
During the final year project, there will be a site visit to help support you in completing the research project and identify any additional support needs or access to additional resources or instrumentation.
An assessed poster day will be held at the end of the semester, where you will present your project and findings to your peers. The project and results will then be submitted for assessment in the form of a dissertation.
We use a combination of multiple choice questions and assessed work relating to the weekly seminars to assess your progress.
An example would be using a scenario to show how the new knowledge gained from a lecture topic can be applied in the workplace.
The final year project for the MSc award will be undertaken in the workplace. There are also exit points for the PGCert and PGDip awards.
For the MSc, you need to complete six taught units and a 60-credit dissertation. PGDip students complete the six taught units only, while PGCert students complete 60 credits.
Year 1 units
Food Chemical Safety Risk Assessment (15 credits)
Methods for Chemical Food Safety Analysis (30 credits)
Sampling, Data Quality Assurance and Data Analysis (15 credits)
Year 2 units
Authenticity (15 credits)
Chemical Contaminants and Residues in Food (30 credits)
Allergens, Additives and Functional Ingredients (15 credits)
This course has been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera.
This course is run at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, with elements also hosted by the industrial collaborators, Unilever, Fera and Waters Corporation.
You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
This MSc will prepare you for careers in the food industry, including food production, quality assurance, and analytical services.
This course has been developed through a BBSRC Modular Training Partnership grant BB/M017613/1.
Each unit is also delivered as a standalone CPD course together with one dedicated to Food Allergen Management and Analysis.