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Analytical Chemistry MRes

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): January 2023 / September 2023; January 2024
  • Duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Are you an analytical professional seeking to refresh your knowledge of analytical chemistry? Are you a recent graduate in a wide range of sciences allied to chemistry?

We can provide you with the advanced knowledge, skills and attributes required to start or progress a career in Analytical Chemistry and its sub-disciplines or act as a base for entry to PhD studies. This Master's would be a good stepping stone for those in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science and Physics.

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 drug 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.

  • The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.

Course accreditation

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

What you’ll study

You will study four modules which will include a research project. If you are part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

Core Modules

Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening (20 cp)

Study analysis methods include 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 independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and 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.

Optional modules

Choose one module from:

Analytical Toxicology (20 credit points)

You will understand the science and practice of analytical chemistry applied to forensic toxicology, specifically regarding working knowledge of various drug separation and detection techniques. Applying various analytical approaches, you will learn to detect drugs and metabolites in biological fluids and tissues.

Computational Chemistry and Drug Design (20 credit points)

This module aims to develop the concepts of quantum chemical approaches to molecular drug design and the properties which can be determined with this approach. You will also examine the successes and limitations of contemporary computational approaches to understanding and designing novel drug molecules.

Research project title examples
  • MRI Contrast Agents
  • Peptide-mineral Interactions
  • Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
  • Multiplexing
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Development of Screenable Essays

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. Find out more about the ULP.

As well as working and studying under the direction of world-leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff, you will gain hands-on experience on a variety of modern instrumentation including:

  • multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR)
  • mass spectrometry
  • transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)

How you’re taught

Study hours

Contact hours for a 20 cp modules are typically around 50 hours, with a further 150 hours expected from you for directed and independent study.

Assessment

  • written exam
  • oral presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • research project

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (10%) and independent study (90%)

Staff Profiles

Ray Leslie

Student Academic Experience Manager

School of Science & Technology

Ray Leslie

Valeria Puddu

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Valeria Puddu

How you’re assessed

Coursework (37%), written (46%) and practical (17%)

Careers and employability

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.

Our strength lies in the relevance of our degrees to the real world. In all subject areas, we encourage you to recognise your transferable skills and their application to a multitude of careers. By taking an Analytical Chemistry postgraduate degree, you will benefit from the progressive development of a variety of skills, such as advanced laboratory techniques and the critical analysis and synthesis of 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:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pfizer
  • Alfa Aesar
  • Birds Eye.

The pharmaceutical and chemical industry is a well-established market growth 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:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymers
  • food and drinks
  • liquid crystals
  • advance materials engineering
  • defence
  • teaching
  • finance and sales.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with the industry.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that matter. From conservation management to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their businesses.

Campus and facilities

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 provides 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, and 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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 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
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need one of the following:

  • 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 qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2023 and January 2024 entries are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £9,300 £16,800
Part-time £4,650 £8,400*

*For part-time study, please check your student visa regulations.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

For January 2023 entry, please see our MRes Analytical Chemistry course page.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help, please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2023 and January 2024 entry are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £9,300 £16,800
Part-time £4,650 £8,400*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

For January 2023 entry please see our MRes Analytical Chemistry course page.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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