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.
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.
Careers and Employability
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.
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:
Applications for the MRes in Applied Analytical Science will be from those looking for extensive research focused training in LCMS. Candidates should normally have a minimum of a 2.1 degree in a relevant science subject. Applicants wishing to pursue the MRes as a continuation of studies as a transfer or upgrade from the PG Diploma Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) will normally be accepted for enrolment from the following academic year only. Applications will include two references from academics in the field of interest to confirm practical and academic ability. English language requirement: IELTS overall 6.5 or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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