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Ian Scowen - Department Overview

Last Updated:

30th May 2013

So the MSc program is based around a series of modules delivered on short course formats. These are three days here at the University. And that of course lends itself to people working offsite, distance learning, people fulfilling MSc programs on a part-time basis. Allied to that, we also have quite an innovative program in professional development, where individuals can devise their own learning program, can consolidate and extend their learning in specialist areas and in the board of context of skills for employment. And we see that as a very important part of developing an individual responsibility for learning as well.

The program's already based in this University Analytical Center, which is the central University facility; Comprises all the major pieces of equipment, including MMR, X-ray Diffraction, Electron Microscopy, and a whole host of modern equipment around Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry as well. So, some eight million pounds worth of investment I think the University has put in this place.

Well, I think the main strengths are around sound research base, particularly in the analytical sciences and how that's applied in applications in the pharmaceutical and forensic arena. Our focus is on employability and our courses are designed to build, not only a sound academic base in the students, but also practical skills that the employers look for and are extremely relevant in that context. Training on modern equipment, hands-on-training is a key feature of all of that work.

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