About the course
The MSc in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry is aimed at those with a strong interest in modern instrumentation and in novel methods of chemical and forensic analysis.
A revolution in forensic, environmental and pharmaceutical science has been borne through advances in analytical science. We are now seeing a strong, worldwide demand for imaginative, skilled analysts who have knowledge and hands-on experience of modern analytical instrumentation.
Forensic science is a multidisciplinary activity that relies on chemical and analytical techniques to provide invaluable evidence from investigations of disasters, accidents and criminal activities. It may involve the detection of tiny amounts of explosives, poisons and drugs or the identification of fibres, paints, combustion residues, glass fragments, or counterfeit currency. Forensic work is also of a biological nature, with crime detection techniques such as DNA fingerprinting requiring an understanding of the underlying biochemistry.
The University’s Analytical Science Group has an international reputation for its innovative approach to analytical and forensic chemistry. We are one of the UK’s premier analytical groups, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation.
What you'll study
In Semester 1 you take three core modules. These are designed to give a broad and balanced understanding of the most important developments in modern analytical and forensic chemistry.
In Semester 2 you use key research tools – such as online information retrieval – to learn about the background and the planning behind your chosen research project. You will also develop specialist knowledge of analytical and forensic chemistry.
In Semester 3 you complete an advanced analytical and forensic chemistry research project culminating in a Masters-level thesis and an oral presentation of your research successes.
Your learning will be diverse and varied. It will include interactive lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, and computer lab sessions. You will explore the theoretical, practical and investigative aspects of analytical chemistry and forensic science, and develop invaluable professional skills, including the application of quality assurance and health safety, oral and written communication skills, problem solving, data handling and working in teams.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Topics in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry
This module deals with the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of evidence in forensic science with input from practitioners at the forefront of this discipline. Learn how forensic science relies on the application and principles of physical and natural sciences (plus modern inorganic chemistry) to analyse crime scene evidence.
Analytical and Forensic Laboratory with Specialist Topics
Perform advanced experiments in analytical and forensic chemistry and collate, interpret and report the outcomes. Discuss the importance of spectroscopic techniques in monitoring chemical processes. And consider the analytical methods for extracting and identifying proteins in proteomic analysis.
Advanced Research Topics in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry
This module gives you the opportunity to present complex scientific material both orally and in written form which are vital skills for future employment. Your knowledge of the subject and problem-solving abilities will be assessed in a three hour exam and a written assignment.
Literature Review and Preparation for Project
Preparation for Research
MSc Research Project
This module allows you to perform a detailed literature search, write a substantive literature review and carry out an extended research project in an area of relevance to your degree. You'll gain valuable experience of working in a state-of-the-art research environment at the cutting edge of your discipline.