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World demand for mass spectrometry (MS) and chromatography has grown at an unprecedented rate, with qualified graduates in short supply and highly sought-after. Postgraduate (PG) training is essential as undergraduates are not taught to the required depth. Swansea is the only UK institution to offer a range of schemes solely dedicated to these topics, drawing upon expertise in the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS), based at a long established UK centre of excellence.
Course content designed for the needs of industry:
Essential topics such as fundamentals of mass spectrometry and separation science, professional management of laboratory practice, data analysis and method development.
Extensive training in a research-led Institute:
To improve their analytical science skills to professional levels required for the workplace.
Highly practical course and extensive in-house equipment:
MRes Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) students can experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ learning than most current analytical MRes programmes. Additional sessions including experiment design, health and safety, and laboratory skills are held in preparation of the research project, to ensure students are adequately equipped for project work.
Taught modules encourage problem solving skills, involving relevant simulated (pre-existing) scenarios:
To develop analytical thinking, professional and academic skills through advanced practical and theoretical studies and the submission of a scientifically defensible thesis.
Participation of expert industrial guest lecturers:
Unique opportunities to network with potential employers and enhanced employability prospects in highly skilled and relevant areas such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food and nutrition, homeland security, clinical diagnostics, veterinary and forensic science, environmental analysis, plus marketing and sales, to name a few.
Assessments that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment:
Including case studies, problem sheets, data processing and informatics exercises in addition to the traditional examinations and essay based assignments.
All MRes Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) students will complete the following taught modules:
Mass spectrometry – basics and fundamentals
Separation science and sample handling
Data analysis and method development
Professional management and laboratory practice
MRes students will also be expected to complete a 120 credit research thesis with a viva.
Professional Development (PD) Portfolio
This will enable students to organise and highlight current competencies and training needs into a single document. This can be essential in documenting necessary requirements for continued professional development with a relevant professional body (i.e. Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, CChem status).
A PD portfolio will typically contain:
- Educational training and experience
From external parties such as National Mass Spectrometry Facility (NMSF), industrial guest lecturers, and educational exercises recognised by the RSC.
- Practical/instrument training and experience
From external parties such as NMSf and instrument manufacturers.
- Research training and experience
MRes project - health and safety, project training, laboratory practice competency framework test and research
Plus any affiliations and CV.
This will be an organised and detailed record of competencies for presenting to prospective employers with the potential to offer Swansea University (SU) PG students an edge in ensuring gainful relevant employment.
An application to the Royal Society of Chemistry will be submitted after the first year of study.
Course content designed for the needs of industry
Fundamentals of mass spectrometry and separation science, professional management of laboratory practice, data analysis and method development.
Extensive training in a research-led Institute
Highly practical course and extensive in-house equipment
Experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ MRes than most Applied Analytical Science courses.
Taught modules encourage problem solving skills, involving relevant simulated (pre-existing) scenarios
Assessments that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment
Professional Development (PD) Portfolio
Participation of expert industrial guest lecturers
Unique networking opportunities with relevant potential employers for enhanced employability in areas such as:
- Food and Nutrition
- Clinical diagnostics
- Homeland security
- Marketing and sales
- Textile manufacture
Applied Analytical Science graduates will be extensively trained in a research-led institute. The highly practical nature of the course and extensive in-house equipment will enable students to experience a more in-depth and 'hands-on' MRes than most current analytical courses.
Instrumentation/techniques within IMS include:
Liquid chromatography/high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (LC/HRMS and LC/HRMSn)
Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MSn); low resolution MS.
Nano-liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (nano-LC/MS)
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
Liquid chromatography/ultraviolet spectrophotometry (LC/UV)
Liquid chromatography/diode array (LC/DAD)
Electrospray ionisation-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)
Atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation-mass spectrometry (APCI-MS)
Electron ionisation-mass spectrometry (EI-MS)
Chemical ionisation-mass spectrometry (CI-MS)
Liquid secondary ion-mass spectrometry (LSI-MS i.e. ‘Fast Atom Bombardment’, FAB),
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS)
We routinely carry out a number of sample preparation techniques including:
Solid phase extraction (SPE)
Liquid-liquid extraction (LLE)
Advance your knowledge of analytical chemistry, your practical skills and professional and organisation skills on this course. You learn the fundamentals of analytical chemistry and how it is applied to pharmaceutical, environmental and materials analyses.
The course is taught by researchers with an international reputation in advanced analytical techniques, such as the application of mass spectrometry to the analysis of biological matrices. Tutors also have expertise in production and detection of nanoparticles and detection of pollutants, particularly in soil.
This course is suitable if you wish to increase your knowledge and skills and increase your competitiveness in the job market or pursue a PhD. It will also suit you if you work in a chemistry-related profession and are seeking to further your career prospects.
You gain experience and understanding of
This is a multi-disciplinary course where you learn about various topics including statistics, laboratory quality assurance and control, environmental analysis and fundamentals of analytical instrumentation.
You also gain the transferable skills needed to continue developing your knowledge in science, such as data interpretation and analysis, experimental design and communication and presentation skills.
You complete a research project to develop your research skills and their application to real world situations. You are supported by a tutor who is an expert in analytical chemistry.
Your laboratory work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which are extensively equipped with the latest models of analytical instruments such as HPLCs and GCs. This is supplemented by access to our research facilities where you have access to more sophisticated equipment, such as NMR and a suite of various types of mass spectrometers.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Applicants should normally have a degree (bachelors or equivalent) in chemistry that is accredited by the RSC. Applicants whose first degree is not accredited by the RSC, or with overseas degrees or degrees in which chemistry is a minor component will be considered on a case by case basis on submission of their first degree transcript.
Candidates who do not meet the RSC criteria for accreditation will be awarded a non-accredited masters qualification on successful completion of the programme.
Applicants will be informed in writing at the start of the programme whether or not they possess an acceptable qualification and, if successful on the masters programme, will receive an RSC accredited degree. If you do not meet the RSC criteria for accreditation, you will be awarded a non-accredited masters after successfully completing the programme.
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework including
Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.
This course is aimed at either recent graduates or those already in employment who wish to develop a career in analytical chemistry or enhance their laboratory skills and knowledge in the techniques and methods used in a modern analytical science laboratory. It also offers you the training and knowledge to go on to research at PhD level in analytical science.