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  • Objectives
    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. In particular, it is geared towards the analytical professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge of Analytical Chemistry and recent graduates in a wide range of sciences allied to chemistry including, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science and Physics.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements For the MRes in Analytical Chemistry, students should have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or equivalent from a range of chemistry-based degrees (including chemical engineering, forensic science, materials science, chemical physics) or related disciplines. Wider qualifications and experience may be acceptable at the discretion of the admission panel. A good command of spoken and written English is required for the course. For overseas applicants, from non-English speaking countries, the minimum recommended requirement is the British Council IELTS Grade 6.5 (minimum 6 in reading and writing) or the paper-based TOEFL 560 (to include TWE 5) or the computer based TOEFL CB220. Depending on your level of English, you can take one of the many English language programmes we offer to international students to obtain one of the required qualifications.
  • Academic Title
    MRes Analytical Chemistry
  • Course description
    MRes Analytical Chemistry

    Study modules
    Analytical Spectroscopy and Applied Biophysics: In this module you will study applications of Fourier Transforms, chemometrics, and fluorescence spectroscopy to chemical, biophysical and bioanalytical problems. Emphasis will be given to imaging spectroscopy, strategies for spectroscopic analysis of complex mixtures, and high throughput and medium throughput screening strategies.

    Sensor Technologies: Principles and Practice: This module will consider both regulatory and validatory considerations of developing decentralised, near patient and point of care testing sensors and outline principles of potentiometric, amperometric and voltammetric signal transduction. Electrode materials

    Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics: This module will provide a theoretical and practical training in mass spectrometry and areas of proteomics analysis including such areas as: ionization processes, mass analysers and dissociation/fragmentation mechanisms in mass spectrometry; combined chromatography/mass spectrometry; sample preparation; and protein isolation techniques.

    Chromatography and Advanced Topics in Sample Handling, Preparation and Analysis: A student taking this module will learn advanced topics relating to sampling protocols and handling; sample preparation and separation (including liquid extraction and solid phase extraction methods); specialised separations (e.g. supercritical fluid extraction) hyphenated chromatographic techniques (e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS); and multidimensional chromatography (GC-GC).

    Industrial analytical process monitoring: This module deals with quality assurance in real time. Attention will be paid to: regulatory and validatory aspects of process analytical techniques and their impact on manufacturing and process control; monitoring techniques used from raw materials through to finished products; and advances in nano-technology for analytical monitoring.

    In addition, a supporting module including the fundamentals of Instrumentation and Analytical Chemistry will be provided by distance learning for students needing to enhance or refresh their basic knowledge.

    What do you study?
    Taught modules will include topics such as: Analytical Spectroscopy and Biophysics, Sensors, Process Analysis, Advanced Topics in Chromatography and Sample Analysis and Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry. It should be noted that as these modules are designed to be at the forefront of Analytical chemistry and as such the content will dynamic in order to adapt to trends in modern Analytical Chemistry.

    Research Project
    You will undertake an extended research project on a full-time basis from February onwards in an area related to your chosen pathway from those offered by research teams within the School. The Research Project will involve the design and implementation of a major research task, a dissertation and a poster presentation.

    Taught modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework including written assignments, oral presentations and poster presentations and examinations. The research project involves writing up a dissertation and a poster presentation.

    Why study at Nottingham Trent University?
    We have world-class research in many areas, including many interdisciplinary enterprises. Our research falls under the following headings:

        * Sensors
        * Bioanalytical and biophysical analysis
        * Electrochemistry
        * Analysis of Complex Mixtures
        * Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry

    Laboratories are well equipped with a range of facilities including a micro-fabrication cleanroom with sub-micron capability, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, confocal microscope, NMR, x-ray diffraction, SEM, TEM, Advanced microscopy, GC-MS, HPLC, AAS, ICP-AES, as well as a range of other modern instrumentation for chemical analysis.

    Your future career
    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 MSc degree will be worth the time and money you spend on it.
    Nottingham Trent University has one of the highest graduate employment records in the UK.

    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 critical analysis and synthesis of a breadth and depth of relevant chemistry-specific research.

    Place of study
    Study takes place in modern, purpose-built teaching units at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus, an attractive, self-contained greenfield site near to the vibrant city of Nottingham. Teaching staff are accessible and located close to specialist teaching laboratories, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

    Services at Clifton Student Village include a bar and diner, supermarket, refectory, bookshop, and more than 700 study bedrooms, most with en suite facilities. The campus also contains an extensive library and sports facilities including a fitness suite, sports hall and an all-weather floodlit pitch. Recently at the Clifton campus, a new observatory containing a state-of-the-art telescope was installed as well as a major new building housing the Centre for Effective Learning for Science (CELS) and the Natural Sciences Research Centre (NSRC).

    There are frequent buses into the city centre and all of the University’s City site facilities, including the £13m Boots Library and Students’ Union building, are open to use by students based at Clifton.

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