MSc Applied Analytical Science (LCMS)

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

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.

The MSc includes fundamentals of MS and chromatography with key industrial topics covering ‘-omics’, pharmaceutical, environmental and forensic analysis, data handling, professional management and good laboratory practice (GLP). The unique combination of industry participation and course content provides a vocationally-relevant qualification with invaluable training and experience sought in the UK and worldwide.

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 plus industrially-current applications areas.  

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

MSc students can experience more in-depth and ‘hands-on’ learning than most current analytical MSc 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.

Many 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 dissertation.

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. 

Assessment that encourage transferrable skills essential for employment

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

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

All MSc and PG Diploma students will complete the following Part I modules (to the value of 120 credits)

 

Part I

PMLM00: Mass spectrometry – basics and fundamentals

Credits: 20

Module type: Core

PMLM01: Separation science and sample handling

Credits: 20

Module type: Core

Students will choose 4 from 5 optional modules:

PMLM02: LC/MS Applications I: Proteomics

Credits: 15

Module type: Optional

PMLM03: LC/MS Applications II: Pharmaceutical

Credits: 15

Module type: Optional

PMLM04: LC/MS Applications III: Environmental and Forensic Analysis

Credits: 15

Module type: Optional

PMLM05: LC/MS Applications IV: Medical and life sciences

Credits: 15

Module type: Optional

PMLM06: LC/MS Applications V: Metabolomics, Lipidomics and Bioactive lipids

Credits: 15

Module type: Optional

PMLM07: Data analysis and method development

Credits: 10

Module type: Compulsory

PMLM08: Professional management and laboratory practice

Credits: 10

Module type: Compulsory

 

 

MSc students will also be expected to complete Part II

 

Part II

PMLM09: Dissertation: MS Experimental project

Credits: 60

Module type: Core

Entry Requirements

Applications for the MSc and PG Diploma will be from those looking for extensive training in LCMS, and a PG 'Certificate in Applied LCMS' suited to professionals, with several years experience in analytical sciences, requiring an up-date in their skills.

Candidates should normally have a minimum of a 2.2 degree in a relevant science subject.  

Applicants wishing to pursue the MSc as a continuation of studies as a transfer or upgrade from the PG Diploma or PG 'Certificate in Applied LCMS' will only be accepted for enrolment the following academic year.

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 taught programme, please visit the Apply section of our website:

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Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,250 £15,350
MSc Part-time £2,100 £5,150
PGDip Full-time £4,150 £10,250
PGDip Part-time £2,100 £5,150

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.

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 fees do 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 School 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 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.          

How Will I Be Assessed?

Assessment for 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 enrolled on the MSc, the completion of all taught modules only (120 credits) will result in the award of Higher Education PG Diploma for students who exit at this point. Completion of taught modules equivalent to 60 credits will result in the award of Higher Education Certificate. 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%)

PMLM02: Application I - Proteomics

Case study (90%) and presentation (10%) 

PMLM03: Application II - Pharmaceutical

Case study (90%) and presentation (10%) 

PMLM04: Application III - Environmental and forensic analysis

Case study (90%) and presentation (10%)

PMLM05: Application IV - Medical and life sciences

Case study (90%) and presentation (10%)

PMLM06: Application V - Metabolomics, lipidomics and bioactive lipids

Case study (90%) and presentation (10%)

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%)

PMLM09: Dissertation: MS Experimental project

Masters dissertation report (90%) and presentation (10%)

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 Service Centre (NMSSC), industrial guest lecturers, and educational exercises recognised by the RSC.

- Practical/instrument training and experience

From external parties such as NMSSC and instrument manufacturers.

- Research training and experience

MSc 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.

Royal Society of Chemistry Accredited Masters Degree We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited the “MSc in Applied Analytical Science (LCMS)” for satisfying the academic requirements of the award of CHARTERED CHEMIST (CChem) from 2015 and awarded to qualifying students. Accreditation of Postgraduate schemes have only recently been undertaken by the RSC and our scheme is one of the first to achieve accreditation.

 

 

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, method development and industrially-current applications areas.  

Extensive training in a research-led Institute

Highly practical course and extensive in-house equipment

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

Many 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

Student Opinion

Name:   Geraint Sullivan

Age:  26

Home Town:   Ammanford

Course your Studying:  MSc Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry - p/t

 

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

Working for Swansea Tribology, oil analysis services.

Can you tell us about your course?

The course gives insight to the fundamentals and applications of mass spectrometry in various fields of science. It also teaches methods of sample preparation and extraction using various techniques of liquid chromatography (LC) and experimental design.

What part of the course did you enjoy the most?

My favourite part so far has been learning about the variety of ionisation techniques and how they can be used to overcome problems in analysing very different compounds.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I hope to either continue study by doing a PhD or pursue a career in analytical sciences .

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?

I think in this current climate having a postgraduate qualification will lead to you being more employable.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?

I definitely would recommend swansea uni's mass spectrometry department if you have an interest in mass spectrometry and LC as it is the only course like it in the country and I believe it is tailored for working in industry.

What is your current role?

I am now a Organic analyst for Dwr Cymru, whereby I have hands on experience with LC-MS/MS and GC-MS.

More Student Opinion

Name:  Ben Jenkins

Age:  25

Home Town:  Cardiff

Course your Studying:  MSc Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry - p/t

 

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

Studied at UWIC (sport biomedicine), Cardiff (chemistry) and was employed by the NHSB+T

Can you tell us about your course?

Excellent course, has opened alot of opportunities to me.  Gives good basic and detailed information which is industry specific and can be easily applied to practical GC/LC-MS

What part of the course did you enjoy the most?

All of it

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

Develop my education to work in the pharmaceutical industry

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?

It gives me the ideal background needed for the application in employment, as well as the general understanding of the topic to allow discussion with prospective employers etc

Would you recommend swansea university to other students?

Yep, 100%... Brill staff, brill uni and brill course

Meet the Team

Currently, there are fourteen academic and support staff, with over half wholly supported by research funding.  IMS core activities include research programmes involving more than a dozen Swansea postgraduates and postdoctoral workers. Through the facility, the research of Biological Sciences and the Medical School, staff are also supported by collaborative and contract support research programmes.  The Medical School has an interdisciplinary approach to clinical, health and experimental research, which is also at the heart of its state-of-the-art Institute of Life Science.   In an effort to develop radical research solutions to old medical problems its research enterprise is driven by 22 internationally recognised professors, supported by 180 research and teaching staff, academics and clinicians.

 

Academics

Dr A R Godfrey (Programme Director)

Professor A G Brenton

Professor W J Griffiths

Dr Y Wang

 

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr T Hearn

Dr I Gilmore

 

 

Research Students

Mr J Abdel-Khalik

Mr D Atkins

Miss C Davies

Mr W Johnson

Miss T McFarlane

Miss K Rigdova

Mr R Thomas

Miss R Townsend

Mr G Sullivan

Mr E Yutuc

 

Technicians and Administrators

Mrs M Davies (Technical)

Ms M Moruzzi (Secretarial)

 

EPSRC NMSF

Dr C M Williams

Dr M Wyatt

Dr A Hunter

Mr G Llewellyn

Mr R Owen

Miss J Flye

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' taught masters 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 Service Centre in the 1980s.  All mass spectrometry facilities are now housed within the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (IMS) within the Medical School

 

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):

Professional Development and Employability

Professional Developement

The Medical School offers the modules on this course as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Applied Analytical Science.

You can enroll on the individual modules for this programme as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments).

How to Apply

For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact the School directly at PostgraduateMedicine@swansea.ac.uk.

Employability

Postgraduate study has many benefits, including enhanced employability, career progression, intellectual reward and the opportunity to change direction with a conversion course.

From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options. The services they offer will ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the job market.

The student experience at Swansea University offers a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development through involvement in many aspects of student life.  

Co-curricular opportunities to develop employability skills include national and international work experience and study abroad programmes and volunteering, together with students' union and athletic union societies, social and leisure activities.

For the MSc Applied Analytical Science programme, we have a number of industry and research links with our collaborative partners.