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PgCert Mass Spectrometry

Dr Simona Francese using mass spectrometry
Year of Entry 2022/23

Mass Spectrometry

Distance learning Biosciences and chemistry

Further your existing practice, gain further training and enhance your employment prospects in mass spectrometry.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Identify, explain and critically evaluate facts and concepts relevant to mass spectrometry.
  • Study around your existing relevant position.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the interpretation of mass spectrometry data.
  • Design and test up to date practical procedures employing mass spectrometry

On this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of mass spectrometry, as well as its application in the 21st century. You'll work and study simultaneously – integrating the theoretical knowledge you gain on the course into the practicalities of your employment.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Dr Thomas Bassindale talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course, you’ll engage in learning activities that establish a framework for lifelong learning.  As you progress through your course you will systematically acquire the skills required for you to learn independently and through which you can continue to learn and develop after successful completion of your programme.

The course focuses on the areas of general and organic chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biology or selected specialist areas from instrument design to interpretation of data. You also study the contempoary applications of mass spectrometry using topics of relevance to the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries as case studies and examples of applications.

You learn through

  • distance learning
  • review and reflection of online lecture material
  • interactive discussions
  • tutor-guided studies and assessment tasks
  • a 30-credit practical module in your workplace

Course leaders and tutors

Robert Bradshaw
Robert Bradshaw
Lecturer in Analytical Science

Robert is a lecturer in Analytical Science specialising in Mass Spectrometry

Applied learning

Live projects

The applied elements of the 30 credit work-based study module will be carried out in your workplace, where you will be guided by a mentor who will be a practicing mass spectrometrist, available for technical support and advice.  Where such an individual is not available, your academic tutor will fulfil this role.

In addition, you will continue to have the support of your academic tutor throughout your study for guidance and to counsel you through the assessment tasks associated with this module.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • practical mass spectrometry analysis

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Mass Spectrometry Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Mass Spectrometry Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Mass Spectrometry Work Based Study Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£2,915 for 60 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students


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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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