Core programme content
Please see the modules below for further information.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
The assessment of each taught module (Modules I to IV) comprises a written examination paper and coursework (practical reports, essays, MCQs). On completion of each module, the appropriate three hour examination is taken in either January or April. Module V (Research Project) is judged on the basis of a literature review presented in June and a journal article presented in mid-August. The final examination takes place in early September, and ALL students are required to be available at this time for a poster presentation of their work. The provisional results of the MSc examination are published later that week. The award of the degree requires a successful performance in all five modules.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
In this module, you have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience operating mass spectrometers in practical classes and workshops. The workshops include:
- Tuning the mass spectrometer
- Mass range, scan and selected ion monitoring
- MS/MS – selected reaction monitoring
- MS/MS – precursor ion scanning
- MS/MS – neutral loss scanning
- Identification of a substance in a matrix
- Quantification of a substance in a sample
- The use of MALDI and ESI for protein identification
This module provides an in-depth understanding of separation techniques used in analytical chemistry and its role in analytical science. It focuses on the mechanisms of separation and microseparation techniques including:
- SFC – a very important technique for chiral separations
- CZE – large molecule analysis and use in chiral
- Ultra High Pressure LC
The module also covers detection methods and the importance of chirality, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a good understanding of the applicability of novel and emerging technologies to sample analysis. It brings together these techniques, including:
- Chromatographic techniques (SFC)
- Mass spectrometric techniques (SIFT-MS, DART and Accelerator Mass Spectrometry)
- Spectroscopic and related techniques (SPR, EPR, NQR, VCD)
- Novel detection systems
- New techniques under development
There is a large problem-solving element where you will be asked to propose the most suitable analytical technique(s) to validate methodology and apply them to samples. Typically, these involve half-day experiments, using instruments that have either been loaned by companies or made available to the programme through on-site visits.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the major chromatographic
and spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation used in analytical
science, the scientific principles underlying the instrumentation, and
its use in sample analysis.
- Chromatography (GC,HPLC, CE, chirality, immunoaffinity)
- Spectroscopy (electromagnetic, electronic, vibrational, NMR, MS)
- Mathematics for analysts
- Specimen preparation and extraction
- Quality assurance
Module code: 7BBFA005
Credit level: 7
A three-month industrial placement in the UK, tailored to future employment and ensuring a head start into industry.
Dr Mark Parkin
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Waterloo Campus; some projects may take place on non-campus locations.
PhD; laboratory-based research careers; other science-related careers.
Year of entry 2013