Natural Sciences MSc by Research - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

We offer you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own 12-month research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.

Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse portfolio of our academic staff – chemistry, engineering, physics, health and medicine.

We provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.

Our degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of a research team, followed by a three-month writing up period. You will be mentored by academics from one or more departments; and offered further opportunities for learning via our graduate training programme.

The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.

You will be supported by your supervisor(s) at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.

As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, Lancaster’s Natural Sciences MSc by Research will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.

Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data. This opens doors to careers in charities, government or industry, and provides an excellent grounding for further academic research (such as undertaking a PhD).

If you thrive on independent learning and you’ve identified an area of research that you wish to pursue, we are keen to hear from you. Please contact one of our research team leaders, whose interests align with your own, to discuss the proposed focus of your research undertaking. For more general enquiries, or if you are unsure about your preferred area of research, please Dr John Hardy.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    We offer you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own 12-month research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.

    Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse portfolio of our academic staff – chemistry, engineering, physics, health and medicine.

    We provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.

    Our degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of a research team, followed by a three-month writing up period. You will be mentored by academics from one or more departments; and offered further opportunities for learning via our graduate training programme.

    The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.

    You will be supported by your supervisor(s) at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.

    As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, Lancaster’s Natural Sciences MSc by Research will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.

    Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data. This opens doors to careers in charities, government or industry, and provides an excellent grounding for further academic research (such as undertaking a PhD).

    If you thrive on independent learning and you’ve identified an area of research that you wish to pursue, we are keen to hear from you. Please contact one of our research team leaders, whose interests align with your own, to discuss the proposed focus of your research undertaking. For more general enquiries, or if you are unsure about your preferred area of research, please Dr John Hardy.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Detailed module information for this postgraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Duration: 12 months, full-time or 24 months, part-time.

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or its equivalent in Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or a related subject) or Engineering.

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here:International Qualifications

    We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.

    IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

    10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0

    For details of eligibility see:  Pre-sessional programmes

    4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5

    Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes 

    Assessment: Original research thesis and viva voce examination.


    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.    
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

     Full Time 
    UK/EU £4,260  
    Overseas £17,945  

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Research Areas

Our research in the Chemistry Department is divided into three themes. Each theme is led by a team of research-active staff, at the forefront of their fields.

Facilities

As part of a £26 million investment in Chemistry, your studies will be supported by custom-designed laboratories and an extensive array of instrumentation and equipment.

Magnetic Resonance

Magnetic Resonance

We have dedicated nuclear magnetic resonance facilities for solution and solid-states, as well as instrumentation for electron paramagnetic resonance.

Mass Spectrometry and Separations

Mass Spectrometry and Separations

Our liquid and gas chromatography facilities are designed for high-resolution mass spectrometry and the identification of volatile and semi-volatile compounds.

Microscopy and Nanofabrication

Microscopy and Nanofabrication

Our equipment is capable of creating and viewing complex micro- and nanostructures with an achievable feature size of 1 ┬Ám and smaller.

Optical Spectroscopy

Optical Spectroscopy

We have a varied range of instruments, including dedicated CD and time-resolved fluorescence equipment.

X-Ray

X-Ray

We are well equipped for X-Ray diffraction of single crystals and powders, as well as for X-Ray fluorescence.

Research Training

We take care of all of our students at Lancaster University. The Faculty of Science & Technology runs a series of training sessions design to improve your skills and abilities as you undertake a Postgraduate Research degree.

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