Developed in response to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and after extensive consultation with industry, this programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related disciplines who wish to contribute to drug development and analysis, a process that requires multidisciplinary skills.
The programme comprises a broad range of modules covering the major aspects of analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.
Core study areas include research methods, separation techniques, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, spectroscopy and structural analysis, professional skills and dissertation and a research training project.
Optional study areas include mass spectrometry and associated techniques, drug targets, drug design and drug synthesis, sensors, innovations in analytical science and medicinal chemistry.
Compulsory Modules Semester 1: - Research Methods - Separation Techniques - Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
Semester 2: - Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis - Professional Skills and Dissertation - Research Training Project
Selected Optional Modules Semester 1: - Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques - Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis - Sensors
Semester 2: - Innovations in Analytical Science - Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry
Examination and coursework.
Careers and further study
The programme is for those who wish to extend their knowledge in a particular area or broaden their field in order to increase their career prospects.
Scholarships and sponsorship
A number of bursaries and scholarships are available to UK and EU students towards tuition fees (excluding Environmental Studies MSc). Departmental bursaries, in the form of fee reduction, are available to self-funded international students. The programmes also benefit from industrial sponsorship which provides support in the form of equipment, materials, presenters and project placements.
Why choose chemistry at Loughborough?
The Department of Chemistry has about 350 students studying taught programmes, including around 50 on MSc courses, 10 postdoctoral research fellows, 50 research students (MPhil / PhD), and 25 academic staff, many of whom have strong links with industry.
In recent years, the Chemistry building has undergone extensive refurbishment and provides modern facilities and laboratories for the teaching and research needs of analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as specialist laboratories for radiochemistry, environmental chemistry, microbiology and molecular pharmacology.
- Facilities The Department has a number of specialist instruments and facilities, including: 2 x 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, sector field organic MS, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers and gas and liquid chromatographs.
- Research The Department typically has well over 50 research students and a dozen postdoctoral researchers. In addition there are usually around 50 MSc students in the department. Many students come to study from abroad, and there are research students and visitors from all over the world currently studying and carrying out research in the department. The Department is very well equipped to carry out research spanning all the traditional branches of chemistry (analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical) and which contributes to four active research themes (Energy, Environment, Security and Health).
- Career Prospects 90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Graduates can expect to develop their careers in the pharmaceutical and food industry, analytical and environmental laboratories, public and regulatory utilities, industrial laboratories, or go on to study for a PhD.