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Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

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NANOSCMS

MSc Nanoscience

Develop comprehensive knowledge of key chemical and physical concepts in nanoscience, crossing conventional discipline boundaries from chemistry to specialised areas of physics and nanomedicine.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

NANOSCMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Welcome to MSc Nanoscience

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.

How You Study

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.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

† 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.

How you are assessed

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional 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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

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 Areas and Topics

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/

Career Opportunities

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

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our 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.
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