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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18


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WELCOME The School of Applied Sciences is a vibrant teaching and research environment. The School is home to the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy with expanding interdisciplinary research portfolios. Strong strategic support has led to the dramatic growth in research in the School with the construction of new modern laboratories equipped with instrumentation needed to undertake cutting edge research. We have a community of over 150 postgraduates undertaking both pure and applied research supported by academics with considerable experience of ensuring students achieve their maximum potential.

Dr Dougie Clarke Director of Graduate Education 3


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The School of Applied Sciences offers both postgraduate taught courses and research degrees including doctorate and Master’s by Research awards. We have excellent lecturers, internationally recognised research staff and superb equipment and facilities. Taught courses Our taught courses have been designed to develop skills and knowledge that will be invaluable for employment in industry. We offer a suite of courses including those in analytical science, food and nutrition and forensic science. Our courses are specifically designed to appeal to scientists wishing to specialise. Research courses We run a large number of research doctorate programmes leading to a PhD qualification which require the equivalent of three years

full-time study. The research programmes on offer cover a large variety of subjects and include research into fundamental pure science, applied science projects and, in a number of areas, we undertake research programmes

by Research (normally MSc) which allows you to undertake a oneyear, full-time research degree and contains little or no formal taught elements. This allows you to develop a more personal research topic.

in social sciences (pharmacy) and pedagogical research (science education). The available projects reflect the research expertise of our academics. We encourage researchers to work on collaborative projects and much of the work is interdisciplinary in nature. We also offer a Master’s

Three reasons to choose Science at Huddersfield




Work with academics who are leading experts in their field and who publish their work in high impact journals.

Gain direct access to the most modern high-tech laboratory equipment currently available.

Be part of a thriving and friendly international community of postgraduate researchers. 5

Our courses If you are contemplating a future in science then undertaking postgraduate studies is an essential step to improving your career prospects. Our courses will provide you with an excellent opportunity to achieve your career aspirations.

Almost all aspects of our daily lives are impacted by scientific advances. A growing number of scientists will be needed in the future to address the grand challenges currently faced by the increasing world population. We will only be able to tackle issues such as climate change and food security if we understand the underpinning science. Research relies heavily on the efforts of postgraduate students working either in industry or in universities and the School of Applied Sciences specialises in producing highly qualified postgraduate students.

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We offer a range of postgraduate taught courses leading to a Master’s in Science qualification and we also offer Doctorate and Master’s qualifications which require you to undertake an independent programme of research. Our taught programmes have been designed to give students training in the use of and applications of advanced scientific instrumentation for research including X-ray diffractometers, NMR and mass spectrometers. Much of this instrumentation is employed by the science community in both industrial and academic research.

Our courses have a very strong vocational element and have been designed to meet the career aspirations of high-achieving graduates. Our Forensic Science Master’s courses are specifically designed to appeal to scientists wishing to specialise in analytical techniques relevant to the forensic context and gain hands-on practical experience in a range of forensic disciplines.

Analytical Bioscience MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time 2-4 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Chemistry, Biology or related subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

Analytical Bioscience investigates the development and application of advanced analytical techniques in the area of biomedical sciences. This course will provide training in the methodological aspects of biology, which are important in many areas of drug discovery and design. The interactions between potentially harmful chemicals and living organisms at the molecular and cellular level will also be investigated.

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Recent graduates from this course are employed in major bioanalytical testing contract research organisations and in the pharmaceutical and food industries. A number have undertaken academic research leading to a PhD.

This course also investigates the possible sources of error in experimental and instrumental; analysis thus allowing the correct interpretation of experimentally derived scientific data. This course is suitable for recent graduates, who did not cover this area in depth during their degree, and for established bioscientists who wish to update their knowledge. You’ll also get hands on experience using a wide range of analytical instrumentation in our well equipped laboratories. This course is two thirds taught material and one third research project. 7

Analytical Chemistry MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time 2-4 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Chemistry or in a subject of which Chemistry has formed a significant part or an equivalent professional qualification.

Analytical Chemistry involves the identification and measurement of chemicals.

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This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most recent developments in Analytical Chemistry. Instrumental techniques used in the analysis of organic compounds, such as metals and solids are covered within this course. Possible sources of error in experimental and instrumental analysis are discussed, thus allowing the correct interpretation of experimentally-derived scientific data. Students also have the opportunity to study a specialised module in the area of biochemical analysis, forensic investigation or pharmaceutical analysis. This course is two thirds taught material and one third research project. Currently there are good employment opportunities for Analytical Chemists not only in the chemical industry, but in a range of other sectors. In industry they monitor product quality, raw materials and effluent. In hospitals, as Clinical Chemists, they monitor the health of patients by analysing samples of blood or urine. Public Analysts working on behalf of local government check the food we eat and the air we breathe. Analytical Chemists also test for toxic substances in the work place, pollutants in the environment, and levels of drug abuse. Analytical Chemists are also employed in the pharmaceutical industry working on drug development and in tablet testing.

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“I chose Huddersfield because the course has a good reputation.� Ahmad Chaudhry Analytical Chemistry MSc

Forensic and Analytical Sciences MSc Forensic Anthropology MSc Forensic Entomology MSc Forensic Science (DNA/Body Fluids) MSc Forensic Science (Forensic Toxicology) MSc These Forensic Science Masters’ courses are specifically designed to appeal to scientists wishing to specialise in analytical techniques relevant to the forensic context and gain hands-on practical experience in a range of forensic disciplines. The courses are delivered by an experienced forensic science team with links to industry, academia, government and policing. Our members of staff appear as consultants, expert witnesses, sit on government steering groups and feature on television documentaries, reflecting our considerable research and operational expertise in areas such as DNA profiling, body fluids, forensic toxicology, fingerprint development, forensic entomology, and forensic anthropology. On all five taught MSc courses, the first term consists of a broad range of introductory modules designed to give you an awareness of the crime sceneto-court process, and a sound understanding of the main forensic disciplines. In addition to scientific processes, this includes quality assurance and validation procedures, of the type required in industry. The courses all have a strong practical element, and create highly employable graduates.

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in science or an equivalent professional qualification.

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“The type of University and staff that changes your dreams into realities.” Natasha Thibeault Forensic Anthropology MSc

During your course, you will have access to well-equipped chromatography and spectroscopy laboratories, forensic genetics facilities, crime scene rooms, anthropology and entomology laboratories, decomposition facility, and a mock court room. In the second term, you follow specialised modules, relevant to the MSc pathway you have chosen. The third and final term is dedicated to an individual research project relevant to the MSc course. Each project will give you specific, hands-on practical experience in your chosen area.

“Perfect course for a forensic career. Staff support is excellent and I am gaining an enlightening experience and enjoying delightful international events.” Nizreen Mohamed Nizam Forensic Science DNA/Body Fluids MSc 9

Pharmaceutical and Analytical Science MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time 2-4 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Chemistry, Biology or Pharmacy or a related subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

This course has been designed with input from Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists with a wide range of industrial and research experience. Pharmaceutical analysis involves the testing of drug substances and the formulation of pharmaceutical drugs as they are utilised. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most recent technological developments and applications in Pharmaceutical and Analytical Science. The different methods of drug formulation currently being used are described alongside the instrumental techniques which can be used in the analysis of drug components. The course is two thirds taught material and one third project. Graduates of this course have a chance of gaining employment or advancing careers in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, regulatory authorities, the NHS and instrument companies. A significant proportion of our graduates have gone onto study for a PhD.

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Nutrition and Food Sciences MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant science based discipline or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant science-based discipline.

The course is designed for individuals who wish to work as nutritionists, in health promotion, and in product development.

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It has been designed to provide an in-depth insight into the principles of human nutrition and food sciences, and their application to healthy food provision for various groups of people. It draws on the expertise of a department that has taught nutrition, food science and related subjects for over 30 years. The course is two thirds taught material and one third research project. The taught component covers nutrition and public health, food technology, food science and food safety.

“The one place I enjoyed and made the most out of during my time here was the facilities which were impressive available to us on a regular basis.” Nadege Pouandeu MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences 11

Chemistry MSc by Research Forensics MSc by Research Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc by Research Nutrition MSc by Research

AT A GLANCE Duration The maximum duration for a full time MSc by Research is 12 months with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months. Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and parttime study.

Entry requirements

In the Joseph Priestley Building you’ll study in a modern learning environment on professional-standard equipment, supported by staff with a blend of industry experience and research excellence. A Master’s by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a one year (fulltime) research degree. It contains no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme. You’ll be expected to work to an approved programme which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events. At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined. On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).

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What can I research? The wide range of expertise in the Food and Nutrition team is reflected in their diverse research interests. These interests include: • the effect of phytochemicals on blood pressure • the nutritional status of older people • food hygiene legislation • purification of proteins and polysaccharides • the effect of healthy labels on perceptions of foods. All major areas of chemistry are covered with areas of strength including: • synthetic organic chemistry • physical organic chemistry • carbohydrates, proteins and enzyme chemistry • organometallic and supramolecular chemistry • heterogeneous catalysis and adsorption • thermal methods of analysis and synthesis • materials chemistry.

• The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

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The Forensic Biology Group (FBG) at the University of Huddersfield is a growing group and is made up of four major complementary strands. • Forensic Entomology and Archaeology • Forensic Genetics • Forensic Toxicology • Forensic Anthropology. We undertake world class research across a range of disciplines - from identifying targets for new drugs to combat important diseases like depression through to developing and improving drug delivery methods by inhalation and other routes. Research within the Pharmaceutical Sciences can be split into themes. • Pharmaceutics • Material Sciences • Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics. You are advised to take time to investigate the University’s website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.


Our laboratories at Huddersfield are equipped to a high standard and well placed to support cutting-edge study. As a student here you’ll get hands-on experience of the latest scientific instrumentation. Significant financial investment has ensured that across all of our areas of science our students have the opportunity to work with modern instrumentation. In many areas we work directly with instrument manufacturers to ensure that our scientists have the resources needed to do world-class research. We are currently working with Agilent, Bruker and Siemens creating centres of excellence where we work together to develop new applications for scientific instruments. We have specialist equipment in areas including NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Most recently, a new X-ray diffraction laboratory is being equipped for single crystal and protein crystallography, powder diffractometry and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS).

A new FEG scanning electron microscope (SEM) has been installed and this, alongside existing SEMs, will ensure that we have the capacity to support not only science but also materials and engineering research. In addition to the well equipped laboratories, the School of Applied Sciences offer students support in a variety of ways including: Resource Centre A quiet environment to work in and access to a range of resources and services to help you with your studies. Student Guidance Office For support and guidance on non-academic matters Student Support Office Dealing with all issues relating to course administration. 13

OUR RESEARCH GROUPS We have a number of research groups that are designed to reflect the scope of activity across the School. We believe and promote the development of multidisciplinary research projects tackling key areas of strategic research interests. Synthesis, Catalysis and Medicinal Chemistry The Synthesis, Catalysis and Medicinal Chemistry group are focused on the design of new reactions and preparation of novel chemicals with impact in industry and academia. Topics currently include: • • • • • •

Translational catalysis Asymmetric synthesis Heterocyclic chemistry Medicinal chemistry Mechanistic organic chemistry Therapeutic and mechanistic neurochemistry • Antibacterial discovery, synthesis and application • Carbohydrate and natural product chemistry • Analytical Chemistry. IPOS is a dedicated research unit focused on the use of physical organic chemistry to develop and improve industrial and fundamental chemical processes. IPOS is a commercial research group offering analytical and chemical process development services to the industry. IPOS possess a wealth of experience in analytical, process development chemistry, scale up and physical organic chemistry and has successfully completed hundreds of projects for a diverse range of industries. 14 Science

Supramolecular, Coordination and Structural Chemistry The Supramolecular and Structural Chemistry Research Group contains members from a diverse background. All have an interest in the formation of transition metal complexes and/or the structural characterisation of these metalcontaining species. The groups activities include: • • • • • •

X-ray diffraction Molecular self assembly Coordination chemistry Solid-state chemistry Novel semi-conductor materials Structural characterisation.

Functional Materials Chemistry This interdisciplinary group has interests in various areas of materials chemistry including the study of ordered and amorphous porous solids and functionalised solids, for application in catalysis and adsorption, surface science, synthesis and electrical and magnetic characterisation of mixed metal oxides, the synthesis and characterisation of new transition metal complexes of relevance to light emitting and devices and solar cells and the computational modelling of solid state and molecular materials. The groups activities unclude:

• Photochromic and electrochromic materials chemistry • Dye-sensitised photovoltaics and light-emitting materials • Optical and electron transfer materials • Electronic solid state materials • Computational materials modelling • Advanced thermal methods for materials synthesis and characterisation • Inorganic biomaterials • Biosensors Industrial Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering • Chemical Engineering Food processing and biorefining Fermentation engineering Biofuels • Particle Technology • Biopolymer science Hydrocolloids Pharmaceutical and food materials Biomaterials • Carbohydrate Chemistry Polysaccharide chemistry Cellulosics

Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics The group includes research in the areas of archaeogenetics and forensic science. The Archaeogenetics group studies the geographic distribution of modern human genetic variation, with the aim of addressing questions from archaeology, anthropology and history. Forensic research activities include forensic genetics, forensic toxicology, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology and finger mark development. These disciplines are used to tackle problems such as human identification, substance identification (such as chemicals and body fluids), and the temporal aspects of forensic evidence, such as time-since-death and timesince deposition. Pharmacy and Pharmacology Our focus is on multidisciplinary and applied research that address current challenges in Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The activities of the group include: • • • • • •

Formulation and Pharmaceutics Drug Delivery Drug Discovery Cancer Pharmacology Neuropharmacology Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine • Pharmacy Practice. Molecular and Cellular Biology Research fields within this group include the molecular basis of cancer, the behaviour of bacteria, genetics and proteomics.

In microbiology, the degradation of biological materials and its effect on stored nuclear waste is also being studied. This group is also closely linked to the Institute of Skin Science that promotes research and education in tissue viability, wound care, maintaining skin integrity and the development of new products to promote skin integrity. The group’s activities include: • • • • • • • •

Pathogenicity of Bacteria Bacterial Physiology Intestinal Inflammation Ion Channel Research Cell Signaling Molecular Basis of Disease Cancer Biology Skin Science.

Carbohydrate Chemistry Research Group The Carbohydrate group is an interdisciplinary team of scientists whose specialist research areas cover most aspects of carbohydrate chemistry and biology. The group spans the whole range of carbohydrate based molecules and their conjugates, notable highlights include studies of cellulosic materials, development of carbohydrates as new food ingredients, the use of polysaccharides as vaccines, as active pharmaceutical ingredients and as formulation additives in food, cosmetics and tablet manufacture. The team is also working on basic science trying to develop an understanding of the chemical and biology reactivity of large complex polysaccharides.

“The University has been very welcoming to me as a EU student and has allowed me to pursue research that is virtually unique in the world.” Dieudonne Van Der Meer Forensic Science PhD

“ The forensic laboratories at the University house up-todate equipment that ensures comprehensive training in the most currently used forensic techniques.” Kimberley Bexon Forensic Science PhD 15

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY Working closely with industrial partners ensures that our research has impact. A large number of our research projects are supported by companies and a number of them sponsor students. The value of our research is recognised by professional bodies and learned societies. Industry links All of our departments have strong links to industry. On our taught courses we encourage students to undertake placements in industry, and on our doctorate and Master’s by Research programmes we encourage our industrial partners to act as supervisors and advisers for our PhD programmes. One of our most successful links with industry is in the area of Analytical Sciences with much of the work being carried out by our Innovative Physical Organic Solutions research centre (IPOS) who are a commercial group working closely with Agilent, a major manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. The team at Huddersfield is recognised as one of a small number of Agilent centres for excellence and, working together, they help a large number of companies to develop applications for both GC and LC-mass spectrometers. IPOS currently employs research students to undertake research in all areas of analytical science. Within Biological Sciences we have a team of cancer experts who are working with local business Paxman Coolers, to determine why scalp-cooling is beneficial to patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, our Forensic Biologists are working with a number of commercial forensic science organisations to develop new RNA based procedures for identifying body fluid types. Our Chemists have a long tradition of working with industry. We currently have both MSc and PhD students working in our Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Research Group who are working on drug development projects in partnerships with some of the countries leading pharmaceutical companies. In addition our Materials Chemistry Research Group has research projects working with catalysts manufacturers to develop new greener routes to biofuels. The pharmacy department works closely with both healthcare providers and with pharmaceutical companies. MSc and PhD students are working on projects funded by these industrial partners. We currently have students working on the development of new drug delivery systems using novel inhaler therapies. Academics in our Institute for Skin Integrity and Infection prevention Research Group employ postgraduate students, both MSc and PhD, to carry out projects that are looking at developing novel formulations of natural and synthetic disinfectants for the control of infections in wounds. 16 Science

“My experience in industry means that I am able to tell students the sorts of things that potential employers are looking for.” Dr Peter Maskell Senior Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need.

Our campus offers you fantastic facilities; there are innovative new buildings alongside a canal, tree lined towpath walk, old bridges and converted industrial mills, and all just a stone’s throw away from the shops and services in the town centre. All of our courses have access to the contemporary equipment to give you a competitive advantage in the jobs market. In term-time our Library is open 24/7 with a huge amount of materials available in book and journal form as well as online. We also offer you access to computers, software and training to make the most of your academic skills.

The Student Central building is home to a number of catering areas, to eat or just to relax with friends as well as advice desks offering information and someone to talk to about everything from finance, careers advice, parttime jobs, accommodation and health and well-being. You’ll also find an advice desk, shop and handy access to ATM machines. Student Central is also where you’ll find the sports and fitness facilities with a gym, courts and a regular programme of fitness classes. The Students’ Union, also located in student Central, offers advice on a range of matters and provides an opportunity to have your say on issues that are important to you. The Students’ Union is the home of sports clubs, societies and volunteering opportunities. If you’ve a passion for competitive sport the University has a range of official teams in sports. If you have other social interests and hobbies there’s a range of student run societies covering a huge range of interests and activities. There are students from over 120 different nationalities represented at the University of Huddersfield and they contribute towards a lively and enthusiastic campus. Each year you’ll find different international student societies running cultural events, national celebrations and the celebrated International Food Festival which showcases cuisine and culture from our different nationalities. 17

APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to start your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions. We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries

Admissions team

Department of Applied Science

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01484 473867 @weloveresearch

Research team Tel. 01484 473503 Email.

Important Information – This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at

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Science 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Science at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)