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Analytical Sciences

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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The full-time Analytical Sciences MSc is a research-focused degree.

You’ll develop 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 two-year part-time version of the MSc Analytical Sciences programme.

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.


Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc 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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The taught content of this programme is strongly research-led in line with university and faculty strategy, and academic staff who will teach on the programme are active researchers who publish in high quality, international scientific journals. The programme is designed to build from formal learning approaches to provide a good grounding in the topics, and to then progress to student–led study for individual or group projects.

Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and the individual, substantial research project in a contemporary area of the field.
 As well as developing key knowledge and skills specific to the topics, the programme will enhance autonomous learning and develop transferable skills and knowledge in areas such as scientific communication, critical review and analytical thinking, complex problem solving and reflective practice.

This Master's qualification comprises 180 credits. These are divided into modules, the smallest being 20 credits (20 credits are equivalent to 200 student learning hours). The MSc 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. A substantial individual research theme runs throughout the whole MSc and the dissertation offers an opportunity for substantial research (20+60 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.

  • Advanced methods in analytical science - 20 credits, core
  • Research skills, professional development, and commercial awareness - 20 credits, core
  • Solid analysis - 20 credits, option
  • Spectroscopy - 20 credits, option
  • Separation science and mass spectrometry - 20 credits, option
  • Imaging - 20 credits, option
  • Materials characterisation - 20 credits, option
  • Archaeometry - 20 credits, option
  • Research Project – Preparatory Investigations - 20 credits, core
  • Research Project – Advanced Investigations - 60 credits, core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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.

This research intensive masters emphasises early engagement in hands-on laboratory and analytical work with the output of MSc thesis plus research paper draft.

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


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.


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


  • Home/EU - £7,960
    International - £18,480

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

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

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 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.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

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.