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MSc Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

Course Description


The programme is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Each of these techniques contains a number of key common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of GLP, facility management and enterprise into the programme.

A group analytical project develops interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team and will be the first opportunity for students to independently fully exercise some of the components of the course taught in the first semester. The integral research project provides an opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.

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(Student Profile)

Eleonore Mason

I knew pretty early on in my undergraduate degree that I wasn’t cut out to be a synthetic chemist, but I have definitely found my niche in analytical science. I had previously studied at the University of Southampton graduating from a broader degree with a Masters in Natural Sciences. I choose to further my studies because I want to pursue a career in research, specifically in the analysis and characterisation of chemical structures. I decided to remain at the University of Southampton primarily due to its new teaching instrumental laboratory. Not only are we learning about the techniques used to in a modern day lab, but we get to gain experience on the instruments too. The other major reason I decided to stay in Southampton is that the University as a whole is fantastic; there are thousands of societies to get involved in, I’ve even taken up Ballroom dancing.

Postgraduate level study is definitely different to that at an undergraduate level. You’re no longer loitering at the back of a lecture of over a hundred students, when you’re in a group of ten there’s no hiding or skating by. You definitely have to manage your time better, especially if you want to have a full social life too! As part of my Facilities and Management module, I’ve already attended an RSC industry talk and we’ve had several speakers in from outside the University. If I had to give advice to prospective students, it would be to make sure you know what you’re getting into. If you don’t really love your course twelve months of studying is just going to be hell on earth.


Entry Requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree in Chemistry, or a closely related subject. The degree must have had a minimum Chemistry content of 50%. Closely related subjects are: biochemistry, physics, polymer science, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics. Non-UK applicants will usually have completed 4 years or more in higher education.

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