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Taught Master in Magnetic Resonance

Starting from the Academic year 2019/20 we offer a Taught Master in Magnetic Resonance


Magnetic Resonance exploits the interaction of spins with magnetic fields to produce detailed and unique information about a broad range of materials. Because of its unique properties magnetic resonance draws on quantum physics and engineering and forms a central analytical technique in very diverse areas of research such as material sciences, organic chemistry, as well as the life sciences with applications in structure elucidation, metabolomics and imaging.

The programme will provide a solid foundation in the theory and application of magnetic resonance.  You will be introduced the quantum mechanical foundations of magnetic resonance and develop the technical and analytical skills to perform and interpret magnetic resonance experiments. You will learn how an NMR spectrometer works and gain hands-on experience in performing NMR experiments. You will be introduced to new developments of the technique itself and how NMR is used in material and life sciences. You will be introduced to advanced computational techniques that will enable you to calculate and simulate the results of NMR experiments.

An experienced team of world leading researchers with a broad scientific portfolio teaches the programme. The expertise ranges from the development of new concepts, building new instrumentation to application of magnetic resonance in material and biological sciences. This will provide you with a stimulating environment as well as diverse study and research opportunities. You will have access to world-class instrumentation and conduct an independent research project of your choice. In addition to the subject specific modules you will have a choice modules that will enhance your transferable skills and academic capabilities.

It is currently not yet possible to enrol in this program and a link will be posted here once enrollment is enabled. For more information please contact the Programm Leader: Dr. Joern Werner


The MSc in magnetic resonance aims to provide a sound and deep understanding of the concepts and application of magnetic resonance. It also aims to provide you with the practical skills to design implement and execute magnetic resonance experiments and will foster your ability to conduct independent scientific research. This entails researching and critically assessing current scientific literature as well as learning to conduct sound experimental work executing appropriate analyses and learning how to present and communicating your results in oral and written formats.


Eight taught modular units are taken, four in semester one and four in semester two. Of these, 4 are compulsory modules and 4 are optional modules that can be chosen from a pool of Chemistry, Physics and Biological Sciences modules. Some of the compulsory modules, have extended workshop formats supplemented by hands-on experimental elements involving interactions between small groups of students and academics. Additionally, some modules take the format of research seminars, dominated by the research project and guided study. The contribution of practicals and other components of in-course assessment to the final mark will vary from module to module. In semester 3, a lab-based research project, equivalent to 4 modules will be undertaken. This culminates in a manuscript-style written dissertation and oral/poster presentation.


Assessment of the compulsory modules will be portfolio based. Each module will provide a set of problems and tasks that will be solved be the student and assessed by the tutors. They will form the basis of a student specific portfolio demonstrating the learning outcomes. At the end of the independent research project the students will write a thesis that will be assessed by the supervisor and a designated 2nd academic and will form a significant part of the portfolio.

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to demonstrate deep understanding and practical skills in the application of magnetic resonance. Specifically you should be able to:

  • demonstrate deep understanding of key aspects of magnetic resonance
  • demonstrate familiarity with a quantum level description of magnetic resonance phenomena
  • demonstrate familiarity with advanced simulation techniques to describe magnetic resonance experiments
  • demonstrate practical knowledge to operate a magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • demonstrate understanding of central hardware components of a magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • acquire the ability to design and implement magnetic resonance experiments
  • acquire the ability to assess the suitability of magnetic resonance as a research tool for a given research question
  • critically analyse and evaluate published scientific articles and appreciate their contribution to current understanding in general and specific magnetic resonance research areas
  • synthesize and formulate scientific arguments and present them in recognized written scientific formats.
  • present scientific arguments and/or data orally in a logical and succinct manner to both scientific and lay audiences
  • a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of a key research area within magnetic resonance gained through independent study
  • carry out, with supervision, an independent original scientific project in an area of magnetic resonance research.
  • evaluate and present scientific data obtained demonstrating proficiency in use of advances computational analysis techniques
  • become proficient in carrying out searches in literature databases and be able to use appropriate referencing software
  • appreciate the importance of scientific method, enquiry and ethical responsibility when conducting scientific research
  • demonstrate an ability to conduct self-directed and self-motivated independent study

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to:

  • formulate and test hypotheses by planning, conducting and reporting a significant programme of magnetic resonance research
  • use a state of the art magnetic resonance equipment to conduct experiments
  • analyse and solve problems in magnetic resonance
  • use advanced software to simulate and analyse magnetic resonance experiments and determine their significance
  • relate your knowledge in magnetic resonance to applications in related disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry and physics
  • Independently integrate and critically evaluate experimental data, 
including primary source material in magnetic resonance journals and from experimentation
  • conduct risk assessments concerning the use of chemicals, animal material and laboratory procedures
  • demonstrate expertise in defined areas of magnetic resonance at the level of current research in the field
  • critically evaluate the data and methodology of current published research in magnetic resonance and present 
your conclusions.

Key facts

Awarding Institution: University of Southampton

Mode of study: Full Time

Duration: 12 Months

Final award: MSc

Name of award: Magnetic Resonance

Programme Lead: Dr Joern Werner

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