MSc in Analytical Sciences


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Program Description

The full-time Analytical Sciences MSc and Postgraduate Diploma 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 disciplines including:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Archaeometry
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Separation science and mass spectrometry

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.

What you will study

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.

The MSc comprises 180 credits, while the Postgraduate Diploma comprises 120 credits.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Advanced Methods in Analytical Science (CFS7029-B)
  • Research Skills, Professional Development and Commercial Awareness (CFS7025-B)
  • Research Project – Preparatory Investigations (CFS7022-B)
  • Research Project – Advanced Investigations (CFS7023-E)


  • Solid Analysis (CFS7026-B)
  • Spectroscopy (CFS7030-B)
  • Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry (CFS7027-B)
  • Imaging (CFS7028-B)
  • Materials Characterisation (CFS7018-B)
  • Archaeometry (ARC7035-B)

Learning 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 master 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.


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.

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.

Last updated Jan 2020

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