Online course

MSc Analytical Science

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Delivery: All taught units are delivered online
  • Assessment: Coursework
  • Next enrolment: 1 March 2021
  • Fees: £18,000
Analytical Scientist

Introduction

Become a multifaceted analytical scientist

World demand for analytical chemistry skills has grown at an unprecedented rate. Qualified personnel with analytical chemistry and science skills are in short supply and highly sought after.

This online master’s course will equip you with the technical skills and knowledge to develop into a broad-spectrum, multifaceted analytical scientist. With 100% of the taught units delivered online, you can continue to work and study simultaneously.

Key features

Practical focus

Develop the understanding and awareness of processing real-world data, through video practicals, and a research-related project, based at your work location.

World-class network

Learn from leading academics who have extensive practical experience in this field and establish a professional network with fellow students.

Flexible learning

Study our multidisciplinary course online and tailor your learning around your work and other commitments.

Key information

  • Delivery

    All taught units are delivered online so you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments.

  • Duration

    Master’s - 24 months, part-time.

  • Enrolment dates

    Two intakes per year in February and September.

  • Workload

    Approx 20 hours per week.

  • Course director

    Dr Phil Riby, Course Director, Reader in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, The University of Manchester

Fees and funding

February 2021 fees (UK/EU/International): £18,000

Early Application discount (10%): We've extended our 10% early application discount deadline to 8th Jan 2021, giving you more time to gather all the necessary documents to complete your application. You can save £1,800 on your tuition fees when you apply early. To be eligible, you will need to submit a complete application on or before 8th Jan 2021 and if offered a place, you will need to accept your offer within two weeks from the date of the offer.

Alumni Loyalty Bursary (15%): If you have successfully graduated from a credit-bearing qualification at the University of Manchester or UMIST you can receive an alumni loyalty bursary, which is a 15% discount ( on the tuition fees that you are personally funding.

We operate a one discount policy. Early Application and Alumni Loyalty Bursary are not accumulative. If you qualify for more than one discount, you will be awarded the one that is the highest amount.

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second - 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry MChem/BSc. We may consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second (2.2) who also have research experience or equivalent. Other degree-based qualifications, with significant analytical science content, may be considered.

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Course overview

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for professionals in the following industries: environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, chemical, food production, petrochemicals and materials.

If you’re looking to advance your knowledge and understanding within chemical sciences or are seeking to move into a more senior lab-based role, this course will provide the skills and knowledge to take that step up.

What you will learn

This course is suitable for professionals in the following industries: environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, chemical, food production, petrochemicals and materials.

If you’re looking to advance your knowledge and understanding within chemical sciences or are seeking to move into a more senior lab-based role, this course will provide the skills and knowledge to take that step up.

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Where and when you will study

This online, part-time master’s means you can study from anywhere in the world and fit it around your day-to-day life. You will be expected to learn while you continue to work, and to use examples from your work throughout your study.

You will complete four taught units in year one, followed by four taught units and a research based project (based at your work location) in year two. You’ll learn through a mix of interactive teaching and have plenty of opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers.

"Studying online has really worked for me, it has enabled me to do the course. I have a full-time job and a family, and it has allowed me to fit studying around my life. The course is flexible you can log on at times that are convenient to you, and there is always someone to ask if you need help. Even though the course is online it still manages to be interesting and dynamic, it’s not just reading - its videos, practical’s, tutorials and quizzes."
Jennifer Davies, Technical Lead, current student of the MSc Analytical Science

How it will benefit your career

Chemical analysis is a significant part of all manufacturing industry, as well as teaching and research. There is high demand in both industry and academia for graduates with analytical science skills.

The nature of this master’s and the skills you’ll develop mean you will be an inviting option for employers in areas including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, environmental, clinical, materials and numerous others.

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Course units

  • Fundamentals of Analytical Science (Mandatory, 20 credits)

    • Basics of analytical science
    • Titrimetric analysis
    • Gravimetric analysis
  • Separation Science (Mandatory, 20 credits)

    • Methods of achieving chemical analysis goals
    • Column chromatography
  • Mass Spectrometry (Mandatory, 20 credits)

    • Use of mass spectrometry in the modern analytical laboratory
    • Topical applications of mass spectrometry
  • Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (Mandatory, 20 credits)

    • Analytical applications of atomic and molecular spectroscopy
    • Theory and instrumentation
    • Topical and practical applications
  • Magnetic Resonance (Optional, 20 credits)

    • Theory of NMR and EPR
    • Practical application of NMR and EPR
  • X-Ray Techniques (Optional, 20 credits)

    • Harnessing the power of X-rays
    • Fundamentals of how x-rays interact with matter
    • Interactions and insights for analytical science
  • Radiochemical and Environmental Methods (Optional, 20 credits)

    • Environmental analysis in the context of radiochemical based methodologies
    • Consideration of other common environmental contaminants
  • Chemometrics (Optional, 20 credits)

    • Application of chemometrics or statistical analysis to analytical data
    • Basic statistics
    • Experimental design and optimisation of analytical techniques for performance
  • Project (Mandatory, 60 credits)

    • Research-based project in an area of current analytical research interest
    • Can base this in an industrial environment
    • Joint supervision by an industrial supervisor and academic supervisor

Course structure

The course is delivered online and is designed to enable you to work and study simultaneously. You will receive a high level of support from the programme team and will have the opportunity to benefit from peer support by establishing a professional network with fellow students. The master's course concludes with a practical project which will improve your practical, problem-solving capabilities as well as benefitting your employer.

Course learning aims

Analytical Science is the science of obtaining, processing and communicating information about the composition and structure of matter. It is the lynchpin of the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and processing industries, where continual rigorous routine measurements are essential.

Analytical scientists use their knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, computers and statistics to solve problems in almost all areas of chemistry and for all kinds of industries.

The MSc in Analytical Science aims to provide high-quality training and development of analytical skills, particularly for those in industries such as environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, chemical, food production, petrochemicals, materials.

The aim of the MSc in Analytical Science is to create a broad-spectrum and multifaceted analytical scientist, who is capable of using advanced analytical techniques across a wide range of industries.

You will study classical and state-of-the-art, instrumentally based techniques such as atomic and molecular spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry. We aim to ensure you are capable of data processing, a critical feature in obtaining reliable results.

Teaching and learning

This course is delivered online, including all assessments. Each unit runs over 10 weeks, with a nominal 20 hours a week of student work. Each week would typically consist of:

  • an overview of material, presenting the learning objectives for the week
  • approximately 3 hours of student activity in the form of video lectures and practicals
  • approximately 4 hours of exercises
  • approximately 2 hours of discussion - we encourage you to discuss the exercises and material in the forums, where tutors will facilitate peer learning, providing feedback where necessary
  • approximately 2 hours of online tutorials - you will video conference with your tutor in groups of 6-8
  • approximately 5 hours of private study, consisting of revision, coursework, independent study etc.
By the end of the course, students will have developed a skills portfolio with representative pieces of coursework to evidence skills you have developed in each unit.

Coursework and assessment

Assessments are undertaken as coursework, including contribution to discussion boards, short presentations and problem-solving based reports. Assessments will be tailored to the practical activity associated with each unit.

For the MSc qualification, you will carry out a research-related project in one of the analytical areas which will be based at your work location or through The University of Manchester. For projects running at The University of Manchester, we recommend further discussions with Dr Phil Riby ( philip.riby@manchester.ac.uk )

Admissions information

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the support you need. We can support you with enrolment and subject assistance, administrative logistics and fee options, online learning skills, workload management and special circumstances including a possible professional entry route.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second - 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry MChem/BSc. We may consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second (2.2) who also have research experience or equivalent. Other degree-based qualifications, with significant analytical science content, may be considered.

English language

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each sub-test.

TOEFL: IBT 90 overall with no less than 22 in each component.

English language test validity
Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Early Application discount (10%) : We've extended our 10% early application discount deadline to 8th Jan 2021, giving you more time to gather all the necessary documents to complete your application. You can save £1,800 on your tuition fees when you apply early. To be eligible for an early application discount, you will need to submit a complete application on or before the early application deadline date and if offered a place, you will need to accept your offer within two weeks from the date of the offer.

Alumni Loyalty Bursary (15%) : If you have successfully graduated from a credit-bearing qualification at the University of Manchester or UMIST you can receive an alumni loyalty bursary, which is a 15% discount on the tuition fees that you are personally funding.

One-discount policy : We operate a one discount policy - Early Application and Alumni Loyalty Bursary are not accumulative. If you qualify for more than one discount or scholarship, you will be awarded the one that is the highest amount.  

Advice to applicants

To speed up the application process, please submit the following documents with your online application form:

1. Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English, please provide official translations.

2. English language score report (if applicable) or alternative evidence to demonstrate your English language competency.

3. At least one reference - an official reference form will be sent to your referees when we receive your application.

4. A copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.

5. Personal statement addressing the questions below (max 500 words)

  • What attracts you to apply to this course?
  • What do you hope to gain from this course and how will it help you achieve your aims?

If you need any support with your application, please contact us at studyonline@manchester.ac.uk .

Additional cost information

Additional expenses

You will need to undertake a practical project in any analytical area provided you have access to the relevant equipment at work. A minimum of 100hrs practical work will be required. If you are using your employer's laboratory space and equipment, you will need to gain official permission and commitment from your industrial supervisor.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

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