Teaching and Assessment

Taught modules will be led by formal lectures, seminars and workshop sessions at the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS) in the Medical School.  Independent student-led learning using Blackboard to guide pre-reading will be required in order for students to explore and fully understand the subject area.

LCMS is a highly practical technique and many of the taught modules will encourage problem solving skills and involve dealing with relevant simulated (pre-existing) scenarios.  The experiences gained in these sessions will develop the analytical thinking skills required for the dissertation project which will be laboratory or theoretically based.  Prior to the commencement of the dissertation project, basic laboratory skills and health and safety competencies will be evaluated to ensure minimum requirements are met.  Failure to reach this level will result in students being required to complete a non-laboratory based project.        

Assessment for the taught modules will include examinations, case studies, essays, presentations, problem sheets and database searching results.  The MSc project will be assessed through a written dissertation supplemented by student-led presentations.

For students who are enrolled on the MSc programme, the completion of all taught modules only (120 credits and no dissertation) will result in the award of Higher Education Postgraduate Diploma for students who wish to exit at this point.  Completion of any taught modules equivalent to 60 credits will result in the award of Higher Education Certificate.  This certificate exit qualification is different to the programme Postgraduate Certificate in Applied LCMS.

For further information on any of the schemes of study contact the IMS team