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MSc Nanoscience

MSc Nanoscience

The School of Chemistry at Lincoln aims to bring together research active academic staff and students in a vibrant research-driven environment to develop new chemical innovation and chemists for the future.

The Course

Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials on the scale of nanometers. Scientists around the world are now beginning to fashion the tools needed to manipulate and engineer nanoscale structures, with these technologies set to have a dramatic effect on future advances in medicine, biology, and energy, as well as in materials science, semiconductor devices, and computer technology.

This MSc in Nanoscience has been developed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of key chemical and physical concepts in nanoscience, crossing conventional discipline boundaries from chemistry to specialised areas of physics and nanomedicine.

The programme is designed to develop students' ability to plan and carry out independent research studies and to evaluate the significance of outcomes, with a focus on development of problem-solving skills, and an ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems at the forefront of the nanoscience and nanotechnology.

A combination of fundamental topics, research frontiers, and industry-related changes aims to prepare students effectively for professional employment or research degrees in relevant disciplines.

The Course

Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials on the scale of nanometers. Scientists around the world are now beginning to fashion the tools needed to manipulate and engineer nanoscale structures, with these technologies set to have a dramatic effect on future advances in medicine, biology, and energy, as well as in materials science, semiconductor devices, and computer technology.

This MSc in Nanoscience has been developed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of key chemical and physical concepts in nanoscience, crossing conventional discipline boundaries from chemistry to specialised areas of physics and nanomedicine.

The programme is designed to develop students' ability to plan and carry out independent research studies and to evaluate the significance of outcomes, with a focus on development of problem-solving skills, and an ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems at the forefront of the nanoscience and nanotechnology.

A combination of fundamental topics, research frontiers, and industry-related changes aims to prepare students effectively for professional employment or research degrees in relevant disciplines.

Research in the School of Chemistry includes four relevant themes, although collaboration and cross-disciplinary research between these occurs at all levels:

Forensic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Find out more at:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/chemistry/research/

This course is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, and research projects.

Students are expected to undertake a number of compulsory modules and have the option to choose from a selection of elective modules. A range of research themes are available for students’ research projects.

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. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

Advanced Materials Characterisation (Core)
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Advanced Materials Characterisation (Core)

This module aims to provide students skills to critically analyse and adopt topical areas of research and advance instrumentation in the field of chemistry. This information will be utilised to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how fundamental chemistry theory and experimentation are being applied to contemporary cutting-edge science. The module will draw inspiration from the grand challenges for chemical sciences and will also reflect the current research focus within the School of Chemistry.

The module comprises a series of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions on the background and use of instrumental techniques, and aims to equip students with hands-on skills in the development and modification of methods and protocols, use of equipment, data interpretation, and troubleshooting.

Students can learn to provide an up-to-date account of modern methods and application of advanced theory and experimentation, as well as cover key advanced instrumentation techniques used for material characterisation, while gaining hands-on experience.

Computational Methods for Materials (Core)
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Computational Methods for Materials (Core)

Computational chemistry plays a vital role in academic and industrial research. This module is designed to develop key skills in this area. Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of quantum chemistry followed by widely used theories and their applications in research. Hands-on training on modelling of small- and medium-sized molecular systems will be also provided, enabling students the chance to understand and compare their data with experimentally made observations.

Method Development and Validation (Core)
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Method Development and Validation (Core)

This module comprises two main components:

The first aims to develop 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 modules.

Nanoscience: Advanced Topics (Option)
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Nanoscience: Advanced Topics (Option)

This module aims to provide students skills to critically analyse and adopt topical areas of nanoscience research and advance instrumentation covering the field ranging from solar cells to medical imaging.

The module aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how fundamental theory and experimentation are being applied to contemporary cutting-edge science. The module will reflect the current research focus within the School of Chemistry.

Learning will comprise a series of two ‘short courses’ (consisting of lectures and workshops) in the following areas: Catalysis and Molecular Machines. The short courses will build on students' knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience and material science and will provide in-depth coverage of their applications.

Nanoscience: Fundamentals and Application (Core)
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Nanoscience: Fundamentals and Application (Core)

This module comprises a series of lectures, workshops, and experimentation designed to build on students' knowledge of the basic fundamental of chemistry and material science. The module will provide an in-depth analysis of nanomaterials applications in different sectors, ranging from energy, to textiles, and medicine. Students also have the opportunity to learn to provide an up-to-date account of modern methods and application of advanced theory and experimentation, as well as develop knowledge of advanced instrumentation techniques used for nanomaterials characterisation, while developing hands-on experience.

Research Project (Core)
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Research Project (Core)

This 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.

Nano-Physics (Option)
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Nano-Physics (Option)

This module covers several sub-disciplines of nanophysics from solid state physics to soft matter physics and their interface. Students have the opportunity to gain insights into theoretical and experimental aspects of nanophysics, one of the most rapidly developing fields of modern physics.

Professional and Personal Development (Core)
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Professional and Personal Development (Core)

This module aims to aid systematic personal and professional development 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; and career development.

† 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.

This course is assessed through coursework, research reports and presentations, and examinations.

Assessment Feedback

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.

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course there may be additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials, or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and is included in the course fee. Where these are optional, students will normally be required to pay their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in chemistry, physics, pharmacy, engineering, or a related discipline, 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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Research in the School of Chemistry includes four relevant themes, although collaboration and cross-disciplinary research between these occurs at all levels:

Forensic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Find out more at:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/chemistry/research/

This course is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, and research projects.

Students are expected to undertake a number of compulsory modules and have the option to choose from a selection of elective modules. A range of research themes are available for students’ research projects.

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. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

Advanced Materials Characterisation (Core)
Find out more

Advanced Materials Characterisation (Core)

This module aims to provide students skills to critically analyse and adopt topical areas of research and advance instrumentation in the field of chemistry. This information will be utilised to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how fundamental chemistry theory and experimentation are being applied to contemporary cutting-edge science. The module will draw inspiration from the grand challenges for chemical sciences and will also reflect the current research focus within the School of Chemistry.

The module comprises a series of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions on the background and use of instrumental techniques, and aims to equip students with hands-on skills in the development and modification of methods and protocols, use of equipment, data interpretation, and troubleshooting.

Students can learn to provide an up-to-date account of modern methods and application of advanced theory and experimentation, as well as cover key advanced instrumentation techniques used for material characterisation, while gaining hands-on experience.

Computational Methods for Materials (Core)
Find out more

Computational Methods for Materials (Core)

Computational chemistry plays a vital role in academic and industrial research. This module is designed to develop key skills in this area. Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of quantum chemistry followed by widely used theories and their applications in research. Hands-on training on modelling of small- and medium-sized molecular systems will be also provided, enabling students the chance to understand and compare their data with experimentally made observations.

Method Development and Validation (Core)
Find out more

Method Development and Validation (Core)

This 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 modules

Nanoscience: Advanced Topics (Option)
Find out more

Nanoscience: Advanced Topics (Option)

This module aims to provide students skills to critically analyse and adopt topical areas of nanoscience research and advance instrumentation covering the field ranging from solar cells to medical imaging.

The module aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how fundamental theory and experimentation are being applied to contemporary cutting-edge science. The module will reflect the current research focus within the School of Chemistry.

Learning will comprise a series of two ‘short courses’ (consisting of lectures and workshops) in the following areas: Catalysis and Molecular Machines. The short courses will build on students' knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience and material science and will provide in-depth coverage of their applications.

Nanoscience: Fundamentals and Application (Core)
Find out more

Nanoscience: Fundamentals and Application (Core)

This module comprises a series of lectures, workshops, and experimentation designed to build on students' knowledge of the basic fundamental of chemistry and material science. The module will provide an in-depth analysis of nanomaterials applications in different sectors, ranging from energy, to textiles, and medicine. Students also have the opportunity to learn to provide an up-to-date account of modern methods and application of advanced theory and experimentation, as well as develop knowledge of advanced instrumentation techniques used for nanomaterials characterisation, while developing hands-on experience.

Research Project (Core)
Find out more

Research Project (Core)

This 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.

Nano-Physics (Option)
Find out more

Nano-Physics (Option)

This module covers several sub-disciplines of nano-physics from solid state physics till soft matter physics and their interface. Students have the opportunity to gain insights into theoretical and experimental aspects of nano-physics, one of most rapidly developing field of modern physics.

Professional and Personal Development (Core)
Find out more

Professional and Personal Development (Core)

This 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.

† 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.

This course is assessed through coursework, research reports and presentations, and examinations.

Assessment Feedback

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.

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course there may be additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials, or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and is included in the course fee. Where these are optional, students will normally be required to pay their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in chemistry, physics, pharmacy, engineering, or a related discipline, 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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Lyudmila Turyanska

Programme Leader



Contact: lturyanska@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in research and development, pharmacy, the energy sector, and optoelectronics.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Career and Personal Development

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in research and development, pharmacy, the energy sector, and optoelectronics.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students have access to the University’s Joseph Banks Laboratories and Janet-Lane Claypon Building, which offer specialist laboratory and teaching spaces. Students on this course have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of research-grade equipment and advanced material characterisation techniques.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


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.