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MSc Magnetic Resonance (1 year)

The magnetic resonance research group at the University of Southampton is one of the world's most prominent research centres for advanced nuclear magnetic resonance. On this unique one-year masters degree, you will learn about the cutting-edge science of utilising the quantum properties of nuclear spins for applications in chemistry, biology, and medicine. You will be well prepared for research and development roles in the chemical analytics and medical sectors, or for PhD-level study.

Introducing your degree

On the MSc Magnetic Resonance masters degree you will gain a profound understanding of the physical principles underlying magnetic resonance. You will learn about the quantum mechanics of spin, and how to apply it to answer important questions in chemistry, biology, and medicine. It is a fascinating field of study, linking together fundamental physics and real-world applications that make a real difference - from new methods to diagnose cancer to new ways to protect the environment through NMR of porous materials such as soil and rocks.

You will be studying at a University with a global reputation for excellence in magnetic resonance research. Our academics' world-leading contributions include the design of NMR pulse methods that are in daily use in every NMR spectrometer around the globe; the discovery of nuclear spin quantum states with exceptionally long life times (up to hours); as well as miniaturised NMR detectors that allow us to study extremely small samples ("Lab-on-a-chip").

Magnetic resonance methods harness the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei and electrons contained in ordinary matter to study a wide range of chemical, physical, and biological phenomena. They empower chemistry through nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and medical diagnostics through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

In compulsory modules you'll study the dynamics of nuclear spins, and practical aspects of magnetic resonance research. A module on advanced topics in magnetic resonance introduces you to current problems at the cutting edge of magnetic resonance research, and provides a thorough introduction to numerical simulation methods. You can also pursue your own interests, by choosing from a wide variety of related optional modules in chemistry, physics, engineering, or other fields. For example, you could complement your knowledge of magnetic resonance with specialised courses in molecular cell biology, cancer biology, advanced quantum physics, or computational chemistry.

With small class sizes and plenty of support from your personal academic tutor and PhD student mentor, we'll help you to settle in and make the transition to masters-level study.

Hands-on research experience

From the beginning, the degree course emphasises practical experience. Practical exercises are an important part of the compulsory modules. You will be trained to use modern magnetic resonance spectrometers, to acquire and process NMR data, and to interpret the results to answer research questions in chemistry and the life sciences.

These skills will prepare you for your personal research project, which you will undertake after completing the second semester, usually between June and September. The project will provide you with an opportunity to investigate a topic that interests you in depth. Most projects involve working with our state-of-the-art NMR systems. For example, you could investigate the interactions of a novel drug with its target protein, or develop a novel pulse sequence for manipulating nuclear spins, or develop new hyperpolarisation methods. During your project, you will be a full member of a research group, and work alongside PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will receive extensive one-on-one guidance from our world-leading academics. For many of our masters students, the research project leads to the publication of their first scientific paper.

Here are some examples of previous project titles:

  • High resolution NMR spectroscopy in microfluidic droplets
  • Lifetime of singlet quantum states in the presence of molecular oxygen
  • Investigation of novel catalysts by solid-state NMR
  • Using long-lived quantum states for diffusion measurements
  • Determination of oxygen partial pressure in lab-on-a-chip devices by 19F NMR

Industrial insights

Our research is connected to industry through a wide range of collaborative projects. Throughout the course, you'll benefit from your lecturer's extensive contacts with the chemical, pharmaceutical, and analytical instrumentation industries. Some of the research projects are conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners, and offer direct insight and exposure to industrial aspects such as intellectual property management and technology transfer.

Outstanding facilities

The magnetic resonance infrastructure at Southampton is second to none. Our spectrometers have recently been upgraded through a £2M grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. As a result, our systems represent the very latest in spectrometer technology. We are also well known for developing cutting-edge research equipment that is not commercially available. The corresponding know-how directly flows into the core modules, and is a crucial element in many of the research projects.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

You can apply for this masters through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. You can find out more about applying in this section.

For all enquiries please contact: mscenq@southampton.ac.uk tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310

For information on MSc Magnetic Resonance, please contact Dr Joern Werner, J.M.Werner@soton.ac.uk or (023) 8059 2484.

When applying you should:

  • Check you meet the general entry requirements
  • If applicable, ensure that you will be able meet any special requirements for international students
  • Identify how you will fund your postgraduate study
  • Obtain supporting documentation to support your application

Programme Structure

You will take six taught modules across semesters one and two - four compulsory and two optional ones. In the third semester (typically over the summer), you will work on your personal research project and write your dissertation.

Key Facts

  • Southampton Professor Malcolm Levitt's "Spin Dynamics" is one of the most popular textbooks on magnetic resonance, with more than 12,000 copies sold.
  • You’ll be learning from academics in the Magnetic Resonance research group at Southampton, one of the world’s most prominent research centres for advanced nuclear magnetic resonance
  • There are many opportunities for hands-on practical experience. You’ll be using outstanding facilities for your work; we’ve recently upgraded our spectrometers through a £2M grant.
  • You’ll be well prepared to go on to research and development roles in the chemical analytics and medical sectors, or for PhD-level study
  • Chemistry ranks 2nd in the Russell Group for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian University Guide, 2019)

Typical entry requirements

2020 entry requirements
QualificationGrade
English language requirements

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Postgraduate: Masters Degree

Grades: Merit

Subjects Required: Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering

Postgraduate: Bachelors Degree

Grades: Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering). Relevant experience will be considered if the applicant does not meet the standard entry requirements.

Subjects Required: Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering

Specific Requirements: The upper second class level is deemed appropriate for this scientifically challenging programme.

English Language Proficiency

Overall: 6.5

Reading: 5.5

Writing: 5.5

Speaking: 5.5

Listening: 5.5

Selection process

To be confirmed

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The programme structure table is below. We cannot guarantee to offer every option each year; in the Year Handbooks, and are briefly summarised below. The programme is offered as a full-time course and normally lasts for one year.

Study is divided into three semesters with semester 1 and 2 having 12 weeks for teaching and learning and 2-3 weeks for examinations. Semester 3 will be dedicated to the carrying of an independent research project and writing up the resultant dissertation. The programme is divided into individual study modules. Each study module is accredited as being worth a certain number of credit points to you on successful completion. Modules are normally worth 7.5 ECTS which is equivalent to 150 hours of study. Modules are generally assessed by coursework throughout the duration of the module but some optional modules are assessed at the end of each semester.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
CHEM6155Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6157Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
CHEM6124Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
CHEM6156Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CHEM3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
NATS3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6144Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6147Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
NATS6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM6001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Magnetic Resonance MSc2019Full-time £9,250 £22,268
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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