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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)
In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.
This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.
The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).
The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.
All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals).
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The course aims:
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.
In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.