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MScInstrumental Analytical Chemistry

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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This analytical chemistry masters 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 Good Laboratory Practice (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.

Programme structure

The MSc masters in analytical chemistry programme will provide you with knowledge, understanding and strong practical skills in:

The fundamental analytical techniques¹: Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction (single crystal and powder); Other general characterisation techniques (IR & UV spectroscopy, TEM, TG/DSC, CD) and separation science methodology; GLP, electronic recording, data management, facility management and exploitation of results; Data analysis, experimental design and chemometrics; Planning of a safe working practice, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects; Working within a small team to achieve a common research goal; Self-led practical-based research, particularly on characterisation and analytical instrumentation. The ways in which it is possible to exploit the results of research.

¹ Analytical science currently defined by the EPSRC as principally consisting of mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.

This masters in analytical chemistry is in two parts: formal instruction (lectures, practicals) followed by individual research.

Your theory and skills courses are delivered over two semester teaching periods. The core modules (seven of eight courses) are taught according to the prescribed order presented in the scheme but you will have a free choice of the eighth course (subject to it being relevant to an MSc qualification in chemistry and being at the appropriate academic level in semester 2).

The practical phase of your research project will be completed from June until mid-August. It is anticipated that the final weeks of August will involve a concentrated period of dissertation preparation with a very limited amount of laboratory work being completed.

Note that the Safety Course (CHEM6080, 7.5 credit points for all parts) in Semester 1 is mandatory for this course. The general safety induction lectures will be given during the graduate induction days, together with distribution of the Safety Booklet. Follow up lectures targeting key areas of Health and Safety will be available and you will be required to attend the ones relevant to your research. You can anticipate that there will be 3-4 more sessions after the safety induction.

Career opportunities

With a masters in analytical chemistry you could find employment with:

Government agencies
Publicly funded research councils
Public health laboratories
Environmental agencies
Specialist research organisations
Testing companies
Private food, materials, polymers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical companies.
Petrochemical companies

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States