The MRes in Analytical Chemistry is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. It is particularly geared towards the analytical professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge of Analytical Chemistry, and to recent graduates in a wide range of sciences allied to chemistry including, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, and Physics.
Why study this course?
This course enables you to develop and further your knowledge of chemical analysis, with a range of core modules. You can expand your interests further by selecting module options and an analytical chemistry lead research project within one of our diverse range of internationally recognised research groups.
You'll study chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectroscopic methods in drugs analysis. You'll gain knowledge in advanced instrumentation and analysis covering special topics in metabonomics and metabolomics, high-throughput screening, drugs and pharmaceuticals in the environment, drugs in biological samples, and receptor activation.
Gain hands-on experience
As well as working and studying under the direction of world-leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff, you will gain hands-on experience of a variety of modern instrumentation including multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR), mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).
The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Teaching and student satisfaction are very important to us, and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work.
Postgraduate open events
We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 3242
How do you study?
Terms One to Three: three taught modules plus a research project
Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening – 20 Credit points (CP)
Study analysis methods including IR and NMR spectroscopic techniques, GC / HPLC, related hyphenated techniques, and immunoassays. Other areas include spectroscopy, chromatography, multivariate data processing, biophysics, and disciplines related to the analytical chemistry of drugs and drug-containing materials.
Research Methods and Independent Study – 20 CP
This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources, including relevant IT packages.
Research Project – 120 CP
You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. Design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, a poster, and a written thesis.
Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds – 20 CP
Develop knowledge in the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules. Topics include: retrosynthetic analysis and total synthesis of biologically important molecules; the controlled formation of C-C bonds and functional group transformations; and structure elucidation of complex molecules.
Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nano-composite Materials – 20 CP
This module covers the fields of solid-state and nanocomposite materials chemistry. You’ll understand the functional roles, characteristics and synthesis of nanocomposites and inorganic materials.
Inorganic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule – 20 CP
Understand the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry. You’ll learn the importance of interfaces in structure regulation and recognition in the generation of new materials, including the recognition and incorporation of materials into the human body.
Research project title examples
- MRI Contrast Agents
- Peptide-mineral Interactions
- Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
- Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
- Fluorescence Microscopy
- X-ray Diffraction
- Development of Screenable Essays
You will be assessed on a variety of components including:
- written exam
- oral presentation
- poster presentation
- research project.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
You will have access to a range of first-class facilities and equipment at the School of Science and Technology. Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped with:
- up-to-date scientific, electronic and computing equipment
- a modern electron microscope suite.
You will also have access to specialist facilities for:
- gas and liquid chromatography
- mass spectroscopy
- atomic absorption spectroscopy
- structure determination, including powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction
- solution and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
- infrared spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy.
Rosalind Franklin Building
This facility, opened in 2012, will provide you with access to some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Chemistry in the UK. The large teaching laboratory space is equipped with modern IT facilities and equipment, ensuring that you receive excellent training in practical laboratory techniques and modern analytical methods.
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility
We invested £2.3 million in the construction of this building in 2002. This has proven to be a worthwhile investment, as this facility supports the School's extensive biomedical research activities.
Natural Sciences Research Facility
This facility supports and enhances the School's research in physics, biosciences, chemistry, imaging, materials, and sport.
The pharmaceutical and chemical industry is a well-established market growing globally. There is a steady increase in international employment opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:
- food and drinks
- liquid crystals
- advance materials engineering
- finance and sales.
At Nottingham Trent University, we know that your employability and job prospects are crucial factors in your choice of university. You need to know that your postgraduate degree will be worth the time and money you spend on it.
91% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2011/12).
Our strength lies in the relevance of our degrees to the real world. In all subject areas, we encourage students to recognise their transferable skills and their application to a multitude of careers. By taking an MRes in Chemistry you will benefit from the progressive development of a variety of skills, such as advanced laboratory techniques and the critical analysis and synthesis of a breadth and depth of relevant chemistry-specific research.
Chemistry graduates have gone on to work in a variety of job markets, and recent employers include:
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Alfa Aesar
- Birds Eye.
Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with industry.
- UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a chemistry-related subject including forensic science, pharmacology, and pharmacy
- Applicants with relevant employment experience or qualifications will also be considered
- International students please see the English language requirements section
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the University via the online application form.
You will need to provide documents to support your application. Please prepare all relevant academic transcripts and certificates to support your qualifications. Copies are accepted at the time of application however you need to show the originals when you arrive at the University.
- Show in your personal statement that you have a clear plan and a purpose which clearly indicates your motivations for selecting the course and how you expect to benefit from it.
- When you submit your application please ensure it is completed fully as we will make our initial decisions based on information that you have provided.
- You need to allow two weeks for an initial decision. This may vary substantially by course depending on what the selection process involves, e.g. applications involving work submission or interviews may take longer.
The University offers several bursaries and scholarships. For the latest information, please visit the fees, funding and scholarships section of the website.
Postgraduate open evenings
Our open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, and to find out about the courses we offer as well as the bursaries and funding opportunities.
Find out more and book your place.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 3242