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This master’s programme aims to provide highly employable analytical scientists who not only have a thorough understanding of the key techniques within the discipline, but also have successfully completed an extended project either set in an industrial context or carried out in the laboratories of one of our industrial partners. This course is a postgraduate master’s degree (either full-time or part-time) with a 30 week project, either as a placement in industry or at Keele with industrial input.


As a student on the programme, you will benefit from our research expertise and our links with industries that provide the foundation for work placement opportunities.

All students on this MSc will undertake a 30 week placement with an industrial context, either in Keele University’s laboratories or at the industrial partner’s premises, which will ultimately boost your employability skills.

The focus of this master's degree is very much on each student acquiring the scientific knowledge, the technical skills and the wide range of professional skills to enable them to start their career working with confidence in an industrial or international laboratory context.

This one-year master’s programme (if full-time) aims to provide highly employable graduates who not only have a broad education in analytical sciences but also in the industrial context (commercial awareness and IP matters; science and technology transfer; entrepreneurship), together with a theoretical and practical understanding of the selected analytical techniques used in industry.

Aims of the course 

Students on the MSc Analytical Science for Industry programme will benefit from the expertise of staff at Keele in analytical chemistry, analytical biochemistry, environmental analysis and forensic analysis, as well as from the distinctive scientific and analytical interests of the industrial partners. The programme is delivered in two stages (if full-time): the first semester comprises study of modules at Keele while for the second and third semesters, students undertake extended industrial project work either at Keele or with an industrial partner in the UK.

In addition to the development of discipline-specific research and technical skills, students will be supported in enhancing key professional and employability skills through developing critical thinking, innovation, reflective writing, autonomous learning and written and oral presentation skills: all vital skills for future employment, lifelong learning and continued professional development irrespective of the student’s chosen career path.

The focus of the MSc Analytical Science for Industry programme is learning through research and the substantial ‘hands-on’ research training with industrial partnership makes this a distinctive course in the UK Higher Education Sector. Plus, the students can choose between either industrially-based research projects or Keele-based research projects with industrial input. The programme title encompasses the distinctive conjunction of industrial context for analytical science.


The Lennard-Jones analytical teaching laboratories are fully equipped with multiple sets of FTIR spectrometers, UV-VIS spectrometers, fluorescence spectrometers, HPLC and GC-MS instrumentation, NMR spectrometers (with probes for both solid- and liquid-state), an Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), and a Raman microscope. Analytical Science for Industry students also have access to XRD (powder and single crystal diffraction), XRF and a scanning electron microscope (with EDX analysis) within the School, but also a range of electron microscopes (SEM and TEM) within the Faculty.

Further specialised analytical instrumentation can be found within the research laboratories either at Keele University (e.g. the research Analytical Science Laboratories, the Birchall Centre, which comprise various state-of-the-art equipment such as several mass-spectrometers, an atomic absorption spectrometer with graphite furnace, numerous chromatography-based instrumentations, a near-IR spectrometer) or within the premises of the industrial partners.

The Library has many resources for Analytical Science, and can be accessed both on campus and online. Students will have access to the IT Services at the University located in the library building.


The MSc Analytical Science for Industry programme runs full time over one full year (September to September) with three semesters, Semester 1 starting in late September. The MSc Analytical Science for Industry programme totals 180-credits comprising six compulsory modules delivered across 3 semesters. The structure of the programme is designed to develop a sound understanding of analytical science techniques and methods, generic research skills (e.g. critical reading, thinking and reflective writing, scientific writing, scientific communication and project design), along with specific research skills (e.g. laboratory methods and data analysis and interpretation) and also with the perspective of industrial research. All this is in semester 1, before the student starts to work on their research project in semesters 2 and 3.

For more information - MSc Analytical Science for Industry 2018-19 Module Information


Below details our current modules, across the semester's for 2018/19 academic year. We anticipate to offer the same modules in the future but this can be subject to change. Any changes to modules will be advised as soon as possible, but will be confirmed during the admissions process.

Core Taught Modules

Industrial Placement


UK/EU students £7,800 per year

International students: £14,560 per year

There may be additional living costs associated with the industrial project placement part of this programme which would depend on the nature and location of the placement and the individual circumstances and choices of the student. These would be discussed with the course tutor prior to enrollment. There would also be general costs for text books, inter-library loans, photocopying and printing, for example.


Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.


The University is committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Each year we offer a range of prestigious scholarships;

UK/EU students - more information on scholarships and funding.

International students - more information on scholarships and funding.

Visit the Analytical Science for Industry MSc page on the Keele University website for more details!





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