This master 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.
As a student on the programme, you will benefit from our research expertise and our links with industries that provide the foundation for 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.
Knowledge - To engender and develop an enthusiasm for analytical science and provide an intellectually stimulating and beneficial learning experience
- To provide an education to master’s level in key areas of analytical science, principally in chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy and related techniques, and including the analysis and interpretation of experimental and digital data
- To provide a thorough knowledge and experience of techniques relevant to the analytical sciences and their practical application across a range of relevant materials and applications
- To provide a critical awareness of and engagement with current methods and techniques within the analytical sciences, some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the discipline
Skills: - To develop confidence in practical, analytical, problem-solving and quantitative skills within the context of analytical science
- To demonstrate the abilities and skills necessary to research, devise, plan, execute and report on an original investigation or research project within the discipline
Employment: - To demonstrate a high level of scientific knowledge and skills, including transferable skills, in a UK-based or international workplace setting
- To be able to deal with complex issues, including ethical issues, both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate outcomes clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- To demonstrate independence and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
- To demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, confidence in decision-making in complex, unpredictable and open-ended situations, the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, productive collaborative working with others.
The first semester is spent at Keele studying modules on research skills, industrial context and both the theory and practice of analytical techniques, principally those based on chromatography, spectroscopy and imaging/ microscopy.
The extended individual project is carried out over semesters two and three, either at Keele or in the laboratories of an industrial partner. The location and nature of the project will be decided at the start of the programme and, for each individual student, many of the skills they develop in semester one will be studied and demonstrated in the context of their project topic.
These include literature review, research context, which includes planning, financial and ethical considerations, and science communication. There will also be lectures and laboratory classes aimed at extending your understanding of analytical techniques applied to industrial materials and problems and how such measurements are quality assured.
You will also develop the ability to use a range of data analysis methods and databases to interpret the results of your work and be able to write informative reports and use other means to communicate these outcomes to others.
The assessment of the extended project will include a written report, as well as participation in a post-graduate student symposium where you will present your work to both staff and students.
Teaching & Assessment
A broad range of teaching methods are employed including lectures, laboratory classes, problems classes, workshops and informal tutorials. As this is a post-graduate course there is an emphasis on tutor-guided, independent work. During the extended project whether undertaken at Keele or within an industrial laboratory, you will work both on your own tasks and in a team context with others and this will be evidenced through your project portfolio.
Over the whole programme the assessment tasks will be set in the context of the work of a professional analytical scientist and will provide a variety of challenges within which you can demonstrate the development of your knowledge and skills.
All academic staff operate an open-door policy and are happy to provide support, advice and guidance to all students subject to their availability.
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 enrolment. There would also be general costs for text books, inter-library loans, photocopying and printing, for example.
We welcome international students on this course. All international students will undertake a project at Keele University, that links in with industry. Please contact us for the entry requirements for international students.
Applicants who have not had their secondary or tertiary education through the medium of English are expected to have attained the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 from an IELTS provider, which is approved by Keele University. Applicants are invited to contact the University before taking the IELTs test.
Distinctive Keele Curriculum
MSc programmes at Keele offers the added value of the Distinctive Keele Curriculum (DKC), which develops students' intellectual, personal and professional capabilities (Keele Graduate Attributes) through both subject-specific and generic workshops and activities.