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Analytical Sciences (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc in Analytical Sciences is designed to offer learning, including continued professional development, for both full time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) studies. This can result in awards of MSc, Postgraduate diploma, or Certificate.

The programme develops a core of operational hands on experience of modern analytical instrumentation alongside the fundamentals of the analytical sciences. The application context of these core capabilities is then developed within thematic pathways aligned to key academic and commercial sectors.

Specialist Pathways

The thematic pathways are: Analytical Chemistry, Archaeological Analysis, Environmental Analysis, Forensic Analysis and Pharmaceutical Analysis.

The courses in Analytical Sciences will be delivered through modules that fall into 3 categories:
1) Fundamentals and Skills Training: modules in this category establish knowledge and understanding of the basis of modern analytical science (Fundamental of Analytical Science module) and provide personal and transferable skills and experience for successful delivery of analytical science investigations and research projects (Scientific Project Management and Research Skills modules).
2) Instrumental Analytical Training: modules in this category establish knowledge and understanding of specific instrumental techniques, data analysis and potential applications. Each programme provides hands-on operator training to qualify successful students as independent users of instrumentation in the University Analytical Centre. These modules will be delivered as a 3-day ‘short course’ mode.
3) Specialist Analytical Applications: these modules provide the context of application for analytical science and enable students to develop an awareness of recording/reporting and regulatory requirements that apply in particular sectors (Professional Development). These aspects will be further developed alongside deepening experience of application context through a research project (Dissertation).

The instrumental science programmes are centred at Bradford’s state-of-the-art University Analytical Centre, a £3m facility housing the major capital equipment of the University and the focus for its commercial contract research in analysis. The Centre incorporates the following thematic areas: Confocal Microscopy (UV-Confocal, Visible-Confocal, Laser Micro-dissection), Electron Imaging (E-SEM, SEM-EDX, TEM), Elemental Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS, SIRa-MS), Optical Spectroscopy (FT-IR, FT-Raman, Dispersive Raman, UV-visible absorption, UV-fluorescence), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (High Field NMR, CP-MAS NMR, EPR), Molecular Mass Spectrometry (EI/CI/ESI-MS, GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS2, MALDI-TOF), X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD, SCD), Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA, DMA), In addition, dedicated facilities are available for ‘clean room’ preparation, cell culture and live cell imaging, and secure sample storage.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Sciences will be expected to have completed (or be due to complete) a degree in chemistry, a closely related discipline or have substantive equivalent experience. The first degree should be a BSc in a science subject (e.g. Biosciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Archaeological Science) at the level of 1st, 2i or 2ii (2ii for subjects with significant analytical chemistry content, or recent equivalent experience). Admission onto the courses will be on an individual basis for overseas students, at an equivalent level to UK entry requirements, on the advice of Student Registry.

Admissions are made on the basis of suitability for the proposed course; based on qualifications, references, application and interview. A completed application form, references, official transcripts, or a list of courses/modules and grades/marks stamped by the applicant's undergraduate department or student registry are required of all applicants.

Suitability of applicants for the Certificate and for modules run as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) will be based on the criteria for the MSc in Analytical Sciences with an emphasis on recent relevant experience. Accreditation of Prior Learning (ACP), used to gain credits in recognition of prior experience, will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

We welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional qualifications, each application being considered on its individual merits.

For enquiries please clearly state:

Subject of your bachelor degree
Year of entry e.g. September 2016

Visit the Analytical Sciences (MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

Student Profiles

Country Specific Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

All students from one of the World Bank countries will be entitled to a £2,000 fee scholarships as a fee reduction for meeting or exceeding the entry criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding international students (not EU) who are nationals of countries that are defined by the World Bank as having low-income or low to middle income economies.

Application Procedure

These are automatically processed by us and no separate application is required.

Further Information



International Academic Excellence Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

Although you may apply for more than one scholarship, you can only receive one scholarship from the University. The exception is that you can still receive the 15% Alumni discount and this scholarship. Students must be paying their own fees. Students in receipt of external funding e.g. chevening scholarships are not entitled to this award.Country equivalent of 2:1 at degree-level will result in a £2,500 fee scholarship
Country equivalent of first-class Honours at degree-level will result in a £3,500 fee scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,500


Students from all other countries excluding EU countries and China will be automatically assessed for academic-related fee scholarships worth £2,500 or £3,500, based on your entry qualifications.Students entitled to the £3,500 fee scholarship can apply for one of our Half-Fee Academic Excellence Scholarships (see below).

Application Procedure

These scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required. The amount of scholarship that you are entitled to will be shown on your offer letter.

Further Information



Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards


Postgraduate Bursary 2016 - 20+ Awards

ELIGIBILITYIn order to apply for this bursary you must:Be from the UK or EU (if you are from the EU you must have done your degree in England to qualify).
Be on a full-time taught masters or research postgraduate programme and paying your own fees.
Have recently graduated from your undergraduate degree programme.
Have received support (i.e. fee payment, not a loan) towards your fees from your Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in your final year of undergraduate study at your previous university – and be able to prove this with a financial support notification letter. You will also be eligible if you received a bursary during your undergraduate study.
Bursaries will be paid in March provided that you are still in attendance and progressing satisfactorily on your course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



See full details below

Application Procedure

After you have started your course, come to The Hub with your last financial support notification letter, or bursary letter, from your undergraduate study - you will be required to fill in a short application form. In each academic year you need to apply for your PG Bursary by 31 July.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2 or above in a relevant scientific discipline

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