Chemistry MChem 2017-18

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About the course

Chemistry is the central science and is fundamental in the manufacture of everyday products such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, fuel, clothing, packaging and components for electrical devices. Chemists can be at the forefront of initiatives to improve the environment such as monitoring, modelling and the development of new environmentally friendlier alternatives to existing products and procedures.

This four year Master's has been designed with a four-way split between organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. It offers the opportunity for you to gain an extensive knowledge of chemistry, to learn how to problem-solve and how to plan and carry out academic and applied research.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our teaching staff are educated to doctoral level in their respective subject areas and have expertise in specialist areas of chemistry. You'll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using scientific instrumentation in our modern chemical sciences labs. In the third year of your course, you'll have the chance to benefit from a position in a research group usually in a university or a research institute. This could help you to see your subject in action in the real world, gain relevant experience and enhance your future employment prospects.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.


UCAS code:
7X66

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

4 years full-time inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Contact:

Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

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You'll have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain hands on experience of a wide range of experimental techniques and instrumentation. You'll also spend year 3, as a student in a research group usually in a university or a research institute. This is an ideal choice for those who know they wish to pursue a PhD upon graduation and gives you the chance to learn more about chemistry in the real world. The final year includes advanced topics in chemistry and a substantial research project in one of the areas of expertise within the department, which include medicinal and synthetic chemistry, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, analytical chemistry and forensic science.

Year 1

Core modules

Inorganic Chemistry 1

This module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements including the earliest events in the universe and the formation of all the elements in stars. The module examines the structure bonding and properties of the elements and simple inorganic materials. You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate the main group elements in more detail. Your learning experience will be augmented by some introductory chemistry practical work, which will involve experimental techniques. Assessment is via practical reports, and MCQ test and a final examination.


Organic Chemistry 1

In organic chemistry, the focus is on the element carbon. The chemistry of carbon compounds is central to all living organisms. However, thousands of nonliving things (such as drugs, plastics and dyes) are also carbon compounds. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, bonding, functional groups and the basic language of chemical change. You'll have the opportunity to enhance your learning in a designated block of practical exercises (this element of the coursework is worth 20% of the module mark), which also helps you to develop your hands-on practical skills. Assessment is by coursework and exam.


Physical Chemistry 1

This module gives you an introduction to five key areas in physical chemistry: 1. Ideal and real gases and how temperature, pressure and volume affect the properties of individual gas molecules. 2. Energy changes in chemical reactions and physical processes. 3. Aqueous equilibria involving acids, bases, salts and buffer solutions. 4. Factors influencing the rate of a reaction such as reactant concentration, temperature and catalysts. 5. Applications and properties of catalysts. Lectures are backed up by a series of laboratory exercises. Assessment is via a combination of coursework (practical, multiple choice question test and assignment) and an end of module exam.


Analytical Science 1

In this module you’ll be introduced to analytical science. In the first half of the module you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the basic statistical concepts important in analytical science before going on to an introduction to a series of physical and spectroscopic analytical techniques. The second half of the module focuses on the use of various spectroscopic methods for the characterisation of known compounds and for the identification of unknown compounds. You will be assessed by coursework and exam.

Option modules: Choose one of the following combination of modules-

Option 1

Data Handling

The aim of this module is to help you to develop the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use Microsoft Word and the Chem Draw chemical drawing package. You’ll also have the chance to gain experience of molecular modelling software. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.


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Techniques of Practical Chemistry

This module provides you with an introduction to practical chemistry. This is a continually assessed practical module, running across the whole academic year in one session each week. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about laboratory safety, laboratory techniques and data handling. This could help you to become confident in handling laboratory reagents and chemicals, and in using laboratory instrumentation. Synthesis and measurement are key skills in the work-place and this module seeks to give you the chance to gain essential hands-on practical experience of the chemistry laboratory.

Or

Option 2

Data Handling for Forensic Science

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll be encouraged to learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.


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Practical Forensic Science 1

This module enables you to gain practical experience in many of the practical techniques used to analyse physical evidence. Techniques covered range from ‘spot tests’ for blood, drugs and firearm residues to the development of latent fingerprints, the identification of glass and paint fragments and the microscopic examination of hairs and fibres. Lectures support the practical work and place it in context. Assessment is by results sheets and an end of year poster.

Or

Option 3

Computing and Mathematics for Chemical Engineering

The aim of this module is to help you to develop the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use Microsoft Word and the Chem Draw chemical drawing package. You’ll also have the chance to gain experience of molecular modelling software. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.


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Laboratory Skills for Chemical Engineering 1

The module provides an introduction to practical chemistry through the use of structured laboratory exercises in the major branches of the subject. It will be taught in the laboratory and sessions will usually begin with some formal teaching detailing the objectives of the session plus relevant safety information. Students will then carry out practical and pre and post-lab exercises either alone, in pairs or in larger groups. Laboratory safety, basic laboratory techniques, data recording and the use of common chemicals and routine equipment will be taught. As the module proceeds experiments will be performed to illustrate the principles taught in lectures.

Year 2

Core modules:

Organic Chemistry 2

The module builds on the fundamental principles explored in the Organic Chemistry 1 module. The knowledge and ability to form carbon-carbon bonds under controlled conditions is an essential skill that all aspiring organic chemists should possess, and this is a major focus that you’ll have the opportunity to explore in this module. You’ll also delve into other aspects of synthetic chemistry, such as the use of a wide range of inorganic compounds that provide a valuable resource to the organic chemist. The skill of designing logical processes to synthesise target molecules is also introduced. A short series of related assessed practical exercises take place in term two. At the end of term one, a written assignment will be set. The module assessment culminates in a final exam.


Analytical Science 2

This module builds on your knowledge of molecular and atomic spectroscopy techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to develop more in-depth interpretation skills for spectroscopic data and be introduced to a range of separation techniques. You’ll also examine the principles and applications of a range of instrumental methods such as differential scanning calorimetry, atomic absorbance spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence and polarography. The application of advanced statistical analysis to analytical data will also be introduced. The module is assessed on a mixture of coursework and a final exam.


Inorganic Chemistry 2

This module builds on your knowledge developed in the Inorganic Chemistry 1 module and introduces the chemistry of the transition metals (d-block). You’ll be introduced to how the d-block metals react to form complexes and how their bonding can explain the optical and magnetic properties observed, in addition to the stability of compounds. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about more advanced types of solid state structure and how to classify solids as semiconductors, metals or insulators. The lecture material is supported by laboratory practical sessions, which reinforce and aid understanding of the theory delivered in lectures. The module is assessed by coursework and formal exam.


Physical Chemistry 2

Building on Physical Chemistry I, you’ll study the behaviour of electrolyte solutions. This is followed by both equilibrium and dynamic electrochemistry and electrochemical processes. The second law of thermodynamics will be applied to chemical systems, describing the driving forces for reactions and the factors controlling chemical equilibria and phase equilibria. Colligative properties of solutions will be covered, as will the properties of colloidal systems. A major practical component is included to illustrate these topics. The module is assessed by exam (and coursework.

Option modules: Choose one of the following combination of modules-

Option 1

Practical Chemistry

In the first part of this module, you’ll be given the opportunity to work on advanced exercises linked to the associated lecture material. Exercises will involve an information search, recording, interpretation of results synthesis and characterisation. Each exercise may involve more than a single week of practical work and draw on different subject areas. In the second part, practical exercises will be overseen by members of staff, but after being given an outline scheme you’ll be required to produce your own detailed experimental plan in a workshop environment, which will be vetted before you begin practical work. A permanent record will be kept of observations and data measurements made as the experiment proceeds. At the end of the experiment analysis of results will again take place in workshop sessions. You’ll be encouraged to interpret results by discussion with peers, before resorting to seeking advice from the lecturer. You’ll be assessed by coursework.


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Biology for the Chemical and Forensic Sciences

This module provides an introduction to selected topics in modern biology suitable for students of forensic science and chemistry, and it provides a basis for further study for those whose interests lie at the interface of the biological and chemical sciences. Such topics include a review of fundamental biochemistry, physiology and an introduction to forensic genetics. In addition, you’ll be introduced to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics providing you with a solid foundation for potential toxicology routes. Assessment is by continual practical assessment and a final examination.

Or

Option 2

Practical Chemistry

In the first part of this module, you’ll be given the opportunity to work on advanced exercises linked to the associated lecture material. Exercises will involve an information search, recording, interpretation of results synthesis and characterisation. Each exercise may involve more than a single week of practical work and draw on different subject areas. In the second part, practical exercises will be overseen by members of staff, but after being given an outline scheme you’ll be required to produce your own detailed experimental plan in a workshop environment, which will be vetted before you begin practical work. A permanent record will be kept of observations and data measurements made as the experiment proceeds. At the end of the experiment analysis of results will again take place in workshop sessions. You’ll be encouraged to interpret results by discussion with peers, before resorting to seeking advice from the lecturer. You’ll be assessed by coursework.


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Chemical Engineering 1

This module is designed to help prepare you to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical systems. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how chemical processes are designed and operated safely and efficiently. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn that every chemical process is made of a combination of several “unit operations”, such as distillation columns, reactors, evaporators, heat exchangers and many others. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Or

Option 3

Practical Forensic Science 2

This module enables you to extend your practical skills in the analysis of physical evidence to include instrumental methods such as chromatography (gas, liquid and ion), spectroscopy (UV-Vis, IR, fluorescence and mass) and microscopy (optical and electron). Physical evidence types ranging from accelerants used in arson cases to explosive residues, poisons, inks, drugs and soils will be analysed. Other experiments include ballistics, bloodstain pattern analysis and gel electrophoresis of proteins. Assessment is by results sheets.


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Crime Scene Investigation

This module introduces you to the principles of crime scene examination (such as anti-contamination and quality procedures), and you'll learn about a wide range of different evidence types within the crime scene context including fire investigation and crime scene photography. In addition to this, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to produce written reports and to defend them orally. This is assessed by a written exam, a practical crime scene exercise and a practical mock court room exercise.

Or

Option 4

Chemical Engineering 1

This module is designed to help prepare you to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical systems. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how chemical processes are designed and operated safely and efficiently. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn that every chemical process is made of a combination of several “unit operations”, such as distillation columns, reactors, evaporators, heat exchangers and many others. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.


and

Laboratory Skills for Chemical Engineering 2

Chemistry is a practical science. This is a continually assessed practical module running across the whole academic year in one session each week. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about laboratory safety, laboratory techniques and data handling. You’ll be encouraged to become confident in handling laboratory reagents and chemicals, and in using laboratory instrumentation. Synthesis and measurement are key skills in the workplace and this module seeks to give you the opportunity to develop essential hands-on practical experience of the chemistry laboratory.

Year 3

Core modules:

Laboratory Techniques

This is a practice-based training module which normally takes place across a 48-week period in a suitable organisation, usually a university laboratory. The exact nature of the training will vary depending on the specific background and requirements of individual students and the opportunities available within the differing laboratory environments.


Investigative Project

You'll carry out a substantial research project, under supervision, in an industrial or academic research environment, during the course of Year 3 of the MChem/MSci integrated Master’s degrees. The subject of the research may be any relevant and topical area of chemistry, forensic or pharmaceutical science, but must be agreed in advance between you, your project supervisor and the University course or module leader.


Business Aspects of Science

This module is also designed for students who are in Year 3 of the MChem/MSci degrees. Part of this module is specific to the organisation in which you’ll be working and involves you carrying out a review of the organisation, and a review of the sector that the organisation operates in (e.g. the pharmaceutical industry, analytical service providers or the higher education sector), and a critical analysis of the success and competitiveness of the organisation within that sector. Alongside this, you’ll carry out a series of assignments designed to give you the opportunity to improve your wider understanding of certain aspects of science-based businesses such as green chemistry/environmental issues, project planning and scheduling and marketing. Assessment is by coursework.


Scientific Communication

This module covers three aspects of communication of importance in science – the ability to read and understand scientific journal papers, the ability to write a scientific journal paper and the ability to give oral presentations. Assessment is by coursework and oral presentation.


Advanced General Chemistry

This is a distance learning module covering some advanced topics not part of the Chemistry BSc(Hons) course, but important to those following the extended Chemistry MChem degree. This module comprises three strands of chemistry: Within inorganic, you’ll have the opportunity to study the lanthanides and actinides, concentrating on the more contemporary chemistry of these elements such as their use as MRI contrast agents and luminescent properties. In organic, you’ll have the chance to investigate pericyclic reactions to generate carbon frameworks and to account for the observed regiochemistry and stereochemistry seen in these reactions. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the use of carbon radicals and carbenes in synthetic chemistry. The physical chemistry covers some theoretical aspects of spectroscopy and kinetics giving you the opportunity to explain the properties observed experimentally in terms of the excitation and motions of the molecules involved. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

Final year

Core modules:

Research Project

The project module involves you developing an independent research programme. Academic supervisors will outline the aims of the project and direct you to the most recent literature. You’ll plan your project in light of the current state of the field of research and spend two days per week undertaking the research. There’s a wide range of different projects available, from developing light-harvesting devices to the synthesis of new antibiotics. There may also be an opportunity to work within companies based at the University. The module is assessed by continual assessment, project dissertation, poster presentation and an oral presentation.


Targeted Synthesis of Organic Compounds

This module draws together the basic concepts of synthesis and reaction mechanisms in the context of providing methods for designing synthetic routes to target compounds. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to differentiate between competing reaction mechanisms. Your ability to determine a reaction’s mechanism will be assessed in a short test. You’ll also be introduced to contemporary preparative methods for the synthesis of organic compounds. Your understanding of both mechanisms and synthesis will be assessed in an exam, which will include a significant problem solving component.


Surfaces, Polymers and Theoretical Chemistry

This module gives you the opportunity to gain a good knowledge in materials, interfaces and catalysis and further develop problem solving skills, especially to unfamiliar problems. The module has three strands: 1. Synthesis, characterisation and structure property relationships of a series of inorganic and metallic materials. 2. Adsorption at the gas solid interface, including theoretical models and surface science characterisation techniques. 3. Synthesis and characterisation of polymeric material. Assessment is by coursework and an examination.


Inorganic Chemistry 3

This module provides you with the opportunity to build upon material covered in the earlier inorganic modules. It focuses on transition metal co-ordination and organometallic chemistry, dealing with structure and bonding on organometallic complexes, reaction mechanisms at transition metal sites, and unifies these concepts in understanding homogeneous catalysis mediated by transition metal complexes. The module also covers spectroscopic and characterisation techniques useful in inorganic chemistry, as well as some inorganic chemistry of biological systems. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include-

Analytical Science 3

In this module, you’ll have the chance to learn advanced theory of chromatography, with a particular emphasis on techniques that are applicable to toxicological analysis. A range of different chromatographic methods will be presented, with examples of their uses. Principles of analytical toxicology will be introduced, including absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs in the body and sample collection and preparation. The module is assessed by coursework and a final exam.


Chemical Engineering 3

This module provides you with the opportunity to gain the basic knowledge for the design and analysis of chemical/biochemical reactors. It also provides the basis to acquire further skills needed for the solution of quantitative problems encountered in the process industries. Effects of non-ideal flow conditions, ideal mixing and fixed or fluidised bed catalytic reactors will also be covered. Assessment is by coursework and an examination.


Advanced Forensic Biology and Toxicology

In this module, you’ll be encouraged to build upon the knowledge gained in the first two years and you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to utilise the principles of forensic interpretation, which bridges the gap between the analytical results and the presentation of evidence in a court of law. This module focuses predominantly upon the biological evidence types, including body fluid examination, DNA analysis and interpretation, including the analysis of DNA mixtures. There are substantial additional lectures on forensic toxicology and forensic entomology. This module is assessed by coursework and by a written examination.


Forensic Science and the Law

This module covers criminal law and the requirements of the Criminal Justice System and how forensic scientists fit in to this system. In the first term you’ll be required to sit in on a real case at Crown Court and produce a piece of coursework, critically discussing how forensic science could help in this case. The second term focuses on the presentation of evidence and the role of an expert witness. You’ll produce an expert witness statement as a piece of coursework.


Analytical Science 4

This module builds on your knowledge of mass spectrometry, NMR, electroanalysis and sensors. You’ll consider a range of advanced experimental methods for enhancing the capabilities of both mass spectrometry and NMR. You’ll examine the principles underpinning several potentiometric and voltammetric techniques, which will lead into an explanation of how different sensors and biosensors operate. You’ll also explore the role of nanotechnology in the development of advanced sensing devices. The module is assessed by coursework and a final exam.


Chemical Engineering 2

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to separation processes based on the principles of mass transfer with or without chemical reactions, methods of operation, phase equilibria and separating agents used in process operations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the basis for the building of mass transfer based separation techniques, such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid-liquid extraction (and its application in hydrometallurgy), filtration and flow of fluids through beds of solid particles. You’ll be assessed by coursework and examination.


Chemical Therapeutics

Society needs new medical advances to combat the diseases that surround us. In this module, we’ll highlight the chemical and biological principles that you’ll require to design new potential drug molecules. You’ll have the opportunity to look at areas of therapy including antibacterial agents, drugs that act on the nervous system, anti-cancer drugs, anti-viral drugs, anti-ulcer drugs and drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Assessment is by coursework and an exam.


Molecular Targets and Drug Design

This module covers the molecular and cellular targets of medicines and focuses on the biological macromolecules that they interact with. All classes of biological macromolecules are covered including: proteins (enzymes and receptors); nuclei acids (DNA, RNA and their biosynthetic machinery) and carbohydrates. The main focus of the lectures and tutorials is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the general principles of drug action for those students with a chemical and biological background. It is of interest to those wanting to learn about drug design and the molecular mechanisms by which drugs act. Assessment is by coursework and an examination.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

During the MChem degree you will spend year 3 as a student) in a research group usually in a university or a research institute. This is an ideal choice for those who know they wish to pursue a PhD upon graduation.

This is a compulsory 48 week placement and we provide advice and guidance to help you secure a placement.

Career opportunities

Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course, 94% of graduates from courses in this subject area of chemistry go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Chemistry graduates can consider careers in pharmaceuticals, oil, agrochemicals, metals, paint, cosmetics, food and drink, as well as health, and environmental sciences.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Teaching and assessment

35% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and directed reading. Assessment will include written exams and coursework including problem solving assignments, laboratory reports, short tests, and oral and poster presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

Other information

If, at any point during the first three years of your degree you decide that you would like to switch to the Chemistry BSc(Hons) course, you'll be able to do so.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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