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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

World demand for mass spectrometry and chromatography has grown at an unprecedented rate, with qualified graduates in short supply and highly sought after. 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. The MSc in Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) includes fundamentals of MS and chromatography with key industrial topics covering ‘-omics’, pharmaceutical, environmental and forensic analysis, data handling, professional management and good laboratory practice (GLP). The unique combination of industry participation and content on the Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) programme provides a vocationally-relevant qualification with invaluable training and experience sought in the UK and worldwide.

Professional Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited the “MSc in Applied Analytical Science (LCMS)” for satisfying the academic requirements of the award of CHARTERED CHEMIST (CChem) from 2015 and awarded to qualifying students. Accreditation of Postgraduate schemes have only recently been undertaken by the RSC and our scheme is one of the first to achieve accreditation.

Key Features

Course content for the Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) programme is 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 plus industrially-current applications areas.

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: MSc students can experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ learning than most current analytical MSc 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.

Many 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 dissertation.

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.

Assessment that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment: Including case studies, presentations, problem sheets, data processing and informatics exercises in addition to the traditional examinations and essay based assignments.


Modules on the Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) programme typically include:

• Mass spectrometry – basics and fundamentals

• Separation science and sample handling

• Data analysis and method development

• Professional management and laboratory practice

• Proteomics

• Pharmaceutical

• Environmental and forensic analysis

• Medical and life sciences

• Metabolomics, lipidomics and bioactive lipids

• Data analysis and method development

• Dissertation: MS experimental project

Visit the Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!






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