Analytical Sciences

Key Information


1 year

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Academic Year

Course Overview

The MSc in Analytical Sciences is designed to provide graduates in science and related subjects with systematic training in the application of modern analytical methods. It aims to develop the necessary practical, interpretative analytical skills to apply a wide range of analytical techniques to key areas of application.

The course looks to develop a solid set of practical skills leading to specialist applications and employment opportunities as an analytical scientist in pharmaceutical, forensic, archaeological, and environmental analytical sciences. Students can benefit from specialist research laboratories and instrumentation in a research-focused environment. Students are expected to develop an array of interdisciplinary practical skills through specialist lectures, workshops, and hands-on laboratory and analytical experience.

Why Choose Lincoln

Systematic training in the application of modern analytical methods

Develop a solid set of practical skills

Specialist research laboratories and instrumentation in a research-focused environment

Specialist lectures, workshops, and hands-on laboratory and analytical experience

Complete a research project in a specialist area

A focus on professional and personal development

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How You Study

This programme features a range of core modules covering areas including analytical data analysis, atomic and molecular analysis, bioanalytical methods and sensor technologies, chromatography and mass spectrometric methods, materials and structural analytical methods, and method development and validation.

Contact hours on this programme may vary depending on each individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. For every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Course composition and delivery is different for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, research, and one-to-one learning.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Analytical Data Analysis 2024-25CHM9008MLevel 72024-25This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the value of statistical data in analytical science and how this data can be used to design experiments alongside extracting meaning from data acquired from analytical experiments. The module will also aim to provide knowledge of statistical software and how to best utilise it to achieve reliable and meaningful results and their presentation in a wide range of professional contexts.CoreAtomic and Molecular Methods of Analysis 2024-25CHM9009MLevel 72024-25This module aims to provide specialist knowledge in the principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy, instrumental fundamentals, design of experiments and sample preparation. Including case studies related to applications in specialist areas and recent advances. The specialist knowledge is reinforced by the ‘hands-on’ practical component and will include use of the research instrumentation for collecting and analysing data, troubleshooting and method development/enhancement. The practical sessions will also involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small groups, and working to deadlines.CoreBioanalytical Methods and Sensor Technologies 2024-25CHM9010MLevel 72024-25This inter-disciplinary module introduces the biology, physics, and chemistry behind some the most common and emerging sensors used in analytical science and their mode of action. The special challenges of bioanalytical methods provides a modern context for specific sensor development and case studies will be presented from forensic, pharmaceutical and healthcare contexts for development of sensors.CoreChromatography and Mass Spectrometric Methods 2024-25CHM9011MLevel 72024-25This module is designed to develop specialist knowledge in the principles of separation science and hyphenated methods of analysis, principally mass spectrometry. The programme introduces instrumental fundamentals, design of experiments, sample preparation and derivatisation. Including case studies related to applications in specialist areas and recent advances. Specialist knowledge is reinforced by the ‘hands-on’ practical component and includes use of the research instrumentation for collecting and analysing data, troubleshooting, method development/enhancement. The practical sessions involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small group, and working to deadlines.CoreMaterials and Structural Analytical Methods 2024-25CHM9012MLevel 72024-25This module aims to develop specialist knowledge of the two major methods for structural analysis of molecular materials: NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. The physical basis of these techniques is explored in detail and related to instrumentation. Processes of sample preparation, the selection of appropriate modern experimentation and use of computational analysis to achieve full structure determinations are considered in detail. The specialist knowledge is reinforced by a ‘hands on’ practical components and will include use of research instrumentation and software, to collect, process and analyse data, and troubleshoot method development. The practical sessions will also involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small group, and working to deadlines.CoreMethod Development and Validation 2024-25FRS9058MLevel 72024-25This module comprises two main components: The first will provide fundamental knowledge concerning strategies for Sampling, Data analysis, Reporting, Quality assurance and Quality control, Numerical and IT skills, and Safety in relation to analytical science. The second will provide the general introductory principles and a theoretical understanding of a range of instrumental analytical techniques and their applications. The module aims to provide the background knowledge needed for an understanding of the various principles discussed in greater detail in other modulesCoreResearch Project 2024-25CHM9014MLevel 72024-25This module provides students with opportunity to apply chemical knowledge and laboratory skills to an extended practical research study. This is designed to further develop professional skills including the use of online literature and chemical data searching, the ability to critically review relevant published literature, and written and oral presentation of research activities.CoreProfessional and Personal Development 2024-25CHM9007MLevel 72024-25This module aims to develop systematic personal and professional development of a student in a specialist area of chemistry to enhance employability. This is achieved through development and execution of a personal learning plan designed using a process of self-reflection around five development themes: personal development; professional skills development; technical skills development; research interests; career development.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary by module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work, or presentations.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

A minimum second class honours Chemistry Degree or in a Science subject (e.g. Biosciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, Archaeological Science or substantive equivalent experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications:

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future. It can help you to further or completely change your career, develop your knowledge, enhance your salary, or even prepare you to start your own business. Postgraduate students at the University of Lincoln benefit from inspirational teaching combined with high-quality facilities and learning spaces, great industry links, and unique research opportunities, all of which are designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make the most of your time with us. 

Why Postgraduate Study?

Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Dr Tasnim Munshi

Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.