MRes

Analytical Chemistry

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course will provide you with the advanced knowledge, skills and attributes required for a career in Analytical Chemistry and its sub-disciplines, or act as a base for entry to PhD studies.

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).

Academic staff

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.

What you'll study

How do you study?

Terms One to Three: three taught modules plus a 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.

  • First year

    Core Modules

    Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening20 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 Study20 CPThis 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 Project120 CPYou 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

    Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds20 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 Materials20 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 Molecule20 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
    • Multiplexing
    • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    • Fluorescence Microscopy
    • X-ray Diffraction
    • Development of Screenable Essays

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

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

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.

Approximately 94% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE survey postgraduate results 2013-2014) .

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:

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

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

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

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

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Getting in touch

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Funding

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