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Analytical Sciences

PG Diploma
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

The part-time Analytical Sciences Postgraduate Diploma develops the experience and techniques required to be an independent practitioner of modern analytical science, with the skills required for research and by industry.

It delivers core teaching in advanced aspects of analytical chemistry, and enables you to explore areas of specialist knowledge through optional modules. You’ll apply a wide range of analytical techniques and gain invaluable research experience through an extended research project.

Having developed the fundamentals of the analytical sciences, these core techniques are applied to a disciplines including:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Archaeometry
  • Materials characterisation
  • Separation science and mass spectrometry

We also offer a one-year full-time version of the Analytical Sciences Postgraduate Diploma.

Why Bradford?

The programme was developed in conjunction with academic experts, and provides defined pathways related to specific application areas of instrumental analytical sciences.

The programme's multidisciplinary platform is based at the University of Bradford's state-of-the-art Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis, which offers an wide range of specialist analytical equipment.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Sciences will be expected to have completed (or be due to complete) a degree in chemistry, a closely related discipline or have substantive equivalent experience.

The first degree should be a BSc in a science subject (e.g. Biosciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Archaeological Science) at 2:2 or above.

English language requirements:

For students whose first language is not English a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score at 6.0 or the equivalent is required.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

This Postgraduate Diploma qualification comprises 120 credits. These are divided into modules, the smallest being 20 credits (20 credits are equivalent to 200 student learning hours).

The PG Dip consists of a core of compulsory modules (40 credits) to provide the appropriate framework and a range of option choices (60 credits) to develop specialist skills.

An individual research theme runs throughout the whole PG Dip and the dissertation offers an opportunity for research (20 credits). All modules are at level 7.

The core modules (40 credits) are dedicated to developing generic analytical key skills, specialism practice and project management experience. The specialist modules relating to the analytical instruments (60 credits) include lectures, workshops, hands-on laboratory and instrument sessions with relevant samples under the instruction of a team of interdisciplinary specialists in the area.

Module Title

Core/

Option

Credits

Advanced methods in analytical science

Core

20

Research skills, professional development, and commercial awareness

Core

20

Solid analysis

Option

20

Spectroscopy

Option

20

Separation science and mass spectrometry

Option

20

Imaging

Option

20

Materials characterisation

Option

20

Archaeometry

Option

20

MSc Research Project – Preparatory Investigations

Core

20

Learning activities and assessment

Learning activities include lectures, laboratories, workshops and directed study. Core modules are dedicated to developing generic analytical key skills, specialism practice and project management experience.

The specialist modules relating to the analytical instruments include lectures, workshops, hands-on laboratory and instrument sessions with relevant samples under the instruction of a team of interdisciplinary specialists in the area.

The modules are assessed through course work (problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, project plan, training plan), oral presentations and formal exams. These progressively focus on student-centred approaches to learning and will reflect increasing reliance on independent responsibility for learning. In this way you will develop the attributes needed for life-long learning and continued professional development.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Analytical Sciences have forged successful careers in a wide range of settings.

These include:

  • PhD study
  • analytical chemistry (analyst, quality specialist, NMR technician, experimental officer, laboratory supervisor, section and facilities manager etc.)
  • teaching

Recent graduates have taken up analytical scientist managerial roles in a number of international companies.

Study Support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

  • personal academic tutor
  • student support / administration team
  • Academic Skills Advice service
  • Career and Employability Services
  • award-winning Disability Service
  • well stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities

Research

The programme is research led, with module and lecture content revised to respond to newly published research.

The teaching team are all research active (many also engage in commercial work) and keep students informed of cutting-edge research and new debates as they are happening.

Facilities

You’ll be based at the Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis, which houses the major capital equipment of the University and is the focus for our academic and commercial contract research in analysis.

Our experienced and highly skilled staff ensure that the instrumentation is maintained to industry standards through service contracts, controlled access and a quality management system.

We offer an array of analytical techniques and services to industrial clients including contract research, routine analysis and training courses.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2016/17:

  • Home /EU: £2,060 per year

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.