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Applicants are invited to apply for an Analytical Sciences CDT joint MSc and PhD (1+3 route).

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Applicants will have a choice of mini-research projects and PhD projects in pre-defined areas.

The MSc course starts with a pre-sessional week at Warwick during which social, networking and learning sessions will allow the new students to meet each other and revise some undergraduate level concepts.

The MSc year consists of two 6-month blocks: a taught section of 12 modules and a research section of 2 research projects:

MSc Modules
Mini ProjectsMsc timeline

The two 11 week research projects are unique to each student. You will be embedded in two different research environments allowing you to gain necessary experience before moving on to your PhD.

Although the MSc is a formally assessed programme and we treat the assessment process seriously, the aim is to equip you with skills you need for research across the analytical sciences. Our concern is therefore to ensure you can use skills rather than merely pass an exam or submit an assignment.

Students from different backgrounds will find different aspects of the course more challenging. Where required, such as for students from non-mathematical backgrounds needing an introduction to basic mathematical skills, the student cohort may be divided into two groups with specially tailored teaching material and assessed work. Students are also strongly encouraged to learn to teach each other - this being one of the key skills required for multidisciplinary research.

The normal period of study for the MSc is 12 months full-time, the period of study for the postgraduate diploma is six months full-time and for the postgraduate certificate it is between three and six months full-time.

On successful completion of the MSc progression to PhD will be automatic, chosing a title from one of the two mini-projects.

MSc + PhD Route overview: