MRes Applied Analytical Science (LCMS)

Course Overview

World demand for mass spectrometry (MS) and chromatography has grown at an unprecedented rate, with qualified graduates in short supply and highly sought-after. Postgraduate (PG) training is essential as undergraduates are not taught to the required depth. Swansea is the only UK institution to offer a range of schemes solely dedicated to these topics, drawing upon expertise in the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS), based at a long established UK centre of excellence.

Key Features

Course content designed for the needs of industry

Essential topics such as fundamentals of mass spectrometry and separation science, professional management of laboratory practice, data analysis and method development.     

Extensive training in a research-led Institute

To improve their analytical science skills to professional levels required for the workplace. 

Highly practical course and extensive in-house equipment

MRes students can experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ learning than most current analytical MRes programmes.  Additional sessions including experiment design, health and safety, and laboratory skills are held in preparation of the research project, to ensure students are adequately equipped for project work.

Taught modules encourage problem solving skills, involving relevant simulated (pre-existing) scenarios 

To develop analytical thinking, professional and academic skills through advanced practical and theoretical studies and the submission of a scientifically defensible thesis.

Participation of expert industrial guest lecturers

Unique opportunities to network with potential employers and enhanced employability prospects in highly skilled and relevant areas such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food and nutrition, homeland security, clinical diagnostics, veterinary and forensic science, environmental analysis, plus marketing and sales, to name a few. 

Assessments that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment

Including case studies, problem sheets, data processing and informatics exercises in addition to the traditional examinations and essay based assignments. 

Description

All MRes students will complete the following taught modules (to the value of 60 credits)

 

PMLM00: Mass spectrometry – basics and fundamentals

Credits: 20

Module type: Core

PMLM01: Separation science and sample handling

Credits: 20

Module type: Core

PMLM07: Data analysis and method development

Credits: 10

Module type: Core

PMLM08: Professional management and laboratory practice

Credits: 10

Module type: Core

 

MRes students will also be expected to complete a 120 credit research thesis with a viva. 

 

 

Entry Requirements

Applications for the MRes will be from those looking for extensive research focused training in LCMS.

Candidates should normally have a minimum of a 2.1 degree in a relevant science subject.

Applicants wishing to pursue the MRes as a continuation of studies as a transfer or upgrade from the PG Diploma Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) will normally be accepted for enrolment the following academic year only.

Applications will include two references from academics in the field of interest to confirm practical and academic ability.

English language requirement: IELTS overall 6.5 or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

How To Apply

For information and advice on applying for a postgraduate programme, please visit the Apply section of the website.

For UK applicants

For International applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
M.Res. Full-time £4,200 £17,850
M.Res. Part-time £2,100 £17,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fee does not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

 

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

How Will I Study?

Taught modules will be led by formal lectures, seminars and workshop sessions at the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS) in the College of Medicine.  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 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 research project which will be laboratory or theoretically based.  Prior to the commencement of the research 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.          

How Will I Be Assessed?

Assessment for taught modules will include examinations, case studies, essays, problem sheets and database searching results. The MRes project will be assessed through a written thesis supplemented by a viva. For students enrolled on the MRes the completion of all taught modules only (60 credits) will result in the award of Higher Education PG Certificate for students who exit at this point. This certificate exit qualification is different to the programme “PG Certificate in Applied LCMS”.

PMLM00: Mass spectrometry – basics and fundamentals

Examination (80%) and problem sheet (20%)

PMLM01: Separation science and sample handling

Examination (80%) and problem sheet (20%)

PMLM07: Data analysis and method development

Case study (80%) and 2 x data analysis exercises (20%)

PMLM08: Professional management of laboratory practice

Case study (100%)


 

Research project (120 credits)

Thesis supplemented by a viva.

Professional Accreditation

Professional Development (PD) Portfolio 

This will enable students to organise and highlight current competencies and training needs into a single document.  This can be essential in documenting necessary requirements for continued professional development with a relevant professional body (i.e. Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, CChem status).  

A PD portfolio will typically contain:

- Educational training and experience

From external parties such as National Mass Spectrometry Facility (NMSF), industrial guest lecturers, and educational exercises recognised by the RSC.

- Practical/instrument training and experience

From external parties such as NMSf and instrument manufacturers.

- Research training and experience

MRes project - health and safety, project training, laboratory practice competency framework test and research

- Qualifications

Plus any affiliations and CV. 

 

This will be an organised and detailed record of competencies for presenting to prospective employers with the potential to offer Swansea University (SU) PG students an edge in ensuring gainful relevant employment.

 

Accreditation. 

An application to the Royal Society of Chemistry will be submitted after the first year of study.

Careers and Employability

Course content designed for the needs of industry

Fundamentals of mass spectrometry and separation science, professional management of laboratory practice, data analysis and method development.   

Extensive training in a research-led Institute

Highly practical course and extensive in-house equipment

Experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ MRes than most analytical courses. 

Taught modules encourage problem solving skills, involving relevant simulated (pre-existing) scenarios 

Assessments that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment

Professional Development (PD) Portfolio 

Participation of expert industrial guest lecturers

Unique networking opportunities with relevant potential employers for enhanced employability in areas such as: 

- Pharmaceuticals

- Food and Nutrition 

- Clinical diagnostics

- Forensics

- Environment

- Agriculture

- Homeland security 

- Marketing and sales

- Veterinary 

- Cosmology

- Geology

- Textile manufacture

- Archaeology

Facilities

Graduates will be extensively trained in a research-led institute. The highly practical nature of the course and extensive in-house equipment will enable students to experience a more in-depth and 'hands-on' MRes than most current analytical courses.

Training involves a fully integrated approach of three main sections:

Instrumentation/techniques within IMS:

  • Liquid chromatography/high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (LC/HRMS and LC/HRMSn)
  • Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MSn); low resolution MS.
  • Nano-liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (nano-LC/MS)
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • Liquid chromatography/ultraviolet spectrophotometry (LC/UV)
  • Liquid chromatography/diode array (LC/DAD)
  • Electrospray ionisation-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)
  • Atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation-mass spectrometry (APCI-MS)
  • Electron ionisation-mass spectrometry (EI-MS)
  • Chemical ionisation-mass spectrometry (CI-MS)
  • Liquid secondary ion-mass spectrometry  (LSI-MS i.e. ‘Fast Atom Bombardment’, FAB),
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS)

We routinely carry out a number of sample preparation techniques including:

  • Solid phase extraction (SPE)
  • Liquid-liquid extraction (LLE)
  • Electrophoretic techniques
  • Affinity extraction
  • Ion-exchange
  • Precipitation…

Research

Swansea University has long been established as a centre of excellence for mass spectrometry, with the siting of the Royal Society Research Unit here in the 1970s followed by the Mass Spectrometry Research Unit and then the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility in the 1980s.  All mass spectrometry facilities are now housed within the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS) within the College of Medicine.

 

Research Areas

Please click on the relevant research area for further information.

- Medical Mass Spectrometry

- Analytical Mass Spectrometry

- Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation Development

- MALDI Matrices and Method Development

 

Other LCMS Courses

Alternative postgraduate courses in Applied Analytical Science (LCMS):

  • MSc Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) (part-time)
  • PG Diploma Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) (full-time)
  • PG Diploma Applied Analytical Science (LCMS) (part-time)
  • PG Certificate in Applied LCMS (full-time)
  • PG Certificate in Applied LCMS (part-time)

Meet the Team

Dr A R Godfrey (Programme Director and Admissions Tutor)

Professor A G Brenton

Professor W J Griffiths