MSc in Technical Leadership (Research Scientist Apprenticeship)

Start date: Typically two intakes per year in September and February

Duration: 2 years

Qualification: MSc Technical Leadership

Contact details: apprenticeships@keele.ac.uk

Course overview

Our MSc in Technical Leadership (Research Scientist Apprenticeship) provides the technical and professional skills to plan, lead and conduct scientific experiments and analyse results in the wider strategic context of the business and sector of operation. Keele University is proud to offer the MSc in Technical Leadership (Research Scientist Apprenticeship), with specialism in either Analytical Science or Biomedical Science. Our programme is designed for experienced technicians in these specialisms, wishing to progress professionally. Participants will develop advanced analytical or biomedical skills but also management skills, enabling holistic project and people management for effective project leadership. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider studying this apprenticeship with us;

1. The programme design has been supported by two employers’ consultations in Oct 2019 and January 2020 as well as by the Learning Design BootCamp for 4 months till June 2020.

2. The training is as such comprehensive, wide-ranging and yet specifically meets the requirements as set by our employers. 

3. The programme delivery is met by experts in their own field at Keele University, in the Business School, the School of Life Sciences, the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, as well as the Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence.

This apprenticeship programme is suitable for a range of technicians working in the analytical or biomedical sector, who are looking towards, or are currently working in, an advanced analytical or biomedical role.

The apprenticeship will provide specialist knowledge and skills but also generic leadership proficiencies to equip professionals for the challenges of modern analytical science or biomedical science. The Master’s Degree programme includes a range of modules integrated into the workplace including advanced analytical / biomedical science, data analysis, research communication and advanced decision making along with additional generic components, such as leadership and management, critical appraisal, professional ethics and reflective practice.

To complete the requirements of the apprenticeship participants are also required to undertake a nationally agreed end-point assessment.

Apprentices will apply the learning undertaken through studies into the workplace context. The programme is applicable to anyone working at, or towards, Technical Leadership in any analytical / biomedical discipline and setting. The curriculum is flexible and negotiable, allowing consideration of the learning required to support individual advanced practice roles. Our model of delivery is designed to fit around the needs of your workplace, with flexible online delivery, integrated with short blocks to maximise cohort learning.

  • Must be in a role that has employer support
  • Hold a degree which justifies the learning of analytical science or biomedical science, e.g. chemistry, forensic science, biochemistry, biology (where applicants can demonstrate substantial and relevant analytical / biomedical experience formal qualifications may be waived)
  • Minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience in the analytical / biomedical sector
  • We usually require that GCSE Maths and English Grade 4 (C) or equivalent qualification is attained by the start of the apprenticeship

At Keele we pride ourselves on being a supportive learning environment with friendly and accessible staff. Apprentices will receive support from their employer and from the University to successfully complete their studies. In addition to a University personal tutor, they will have wider support from programme teaching staff and access to the University facilities and support services. 

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It is a requirement that apprentices have a supervisor or mentor who is able to attend tripartite review meetings and support the apprentice’s development in work. Ideally, this person will understand the analytical or biomedical context of the work role. For employers, our Apprenticeships Team will provide dedicated support with all aspects of apprenticeships. You will also be regularly engaged with the academic team through tripartite review meetings.

 


Why choose Keele University for Apprenticeships

We are proud that our apprenticeship approach has been praised by Ofsted, read more about our success here.

Through the apprenticeship route, learners will receive support from their employer and from the university to successfully complete their studies. In addition to a university mentor, they will have wider support from programme teaching staff and access to the university facilities.

For employers, our apprenticeships team will provide dedicated support with all aspects of apprenticeships. You will also be regularly engaged with our academic team through tripartite review meetings.

MSc in Technical Leadership (Research Scientist Apprenticeship)

Programme structure

The programme comprises of 6 modules over two years.

 

Module   

Credits

Academic School Mode of Delivery

MAN-40160
Project & Proccesses

30 credits

Y1 Sem1  

Keele Business School 1 day synchronous teaching & online delivery

PHY-40029
Data Analysis   

15 credits

Y1 Sem1  

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences 1 day synchronous teaching & online delivery

CHE-40044
Research Communication  

15 credits

Y1 Sem1

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences 1 day synchronous teaching & online delivery

CHE-40042 
R&D Analytical

LSC-40069
R&D Biomed

30 credits

Y1 Sem1

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

 School of Life Sciences

2-w face to face & online delivery

MAN-40158
Leading Teams

30 credits

Y1 Sem 1

Keele Business School 1 day synchronous teaching & online delivery

CHE-40046
Work Project

60 credits

Y2

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences In workplace & online delivery

End Point Assessment 

(Research Scientist Apprenticeship)

Y3 (within 3 months) EPAO

1. Assessment method 1; Project report, presentation and questioning
2. Assessment method 2; Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

Download the MSc Technical Leadership information sheet

Download the MSc Technical Leadership information sheet (340 KB)

Our staff

Here is a selection of the staff that will be involved in delivering the MSc in Technical Leadership (Research Scientist Apprenticeship):

Dr Chrystelle Egger

Dr Chrystelle Egger, Programme Lead

Chrystelle is a Lecturer in Chemistry who a strong background in industrial research (e.g. ICI, BASF). She has worked in the field of porous materials in 6 laboratories and 4 countries, both in industry and academia. Whilst at Keele, she has developed strong links with industrial partners through finding industrial placements for her students.

David Bloor

David Bloor

David is a Flexible Curriculum Designer developing degree and masters level apprenticeships. He co-designs degree and higher degree level apprenticeships through consultancy with Programme Directors, academics & students across Faculties and Schools at Keele, and provides expert guidance on how technologies can support flexible and blended learning opportunities to meet the needs and expectations of learners on modern apprenticeships.

Dr Colin Rigby

Dr Colin Rigby

Colin has extensive practical experience of production management, consultation and engineering based project work across a number of sectors of the ceramics industry. His research activity is now focused in several areas concerned with developing a critical perspective on processes of individual, organisational and societal change.

Dr Colin Rigby

Dr Colin Rigby

Colin has extensive practical experience of production management, consultation and engineering based project work across a number of sectors of the ceramics industry. His research activity is now focused in several areas concerned with developing a critical perspective on processes of individual, organisational and societal change.

 

Dr Dave Thompson

Dr Dave Thompson

Dave has strong expertise in analytical science both in academia and industry. His work has led him to collaborate with Astra Zeneca, ThermoFisher, Agilent, and his current research interests focus on the forensic applications of global metabolic profiling techniques, particularly applications associated with the putrefaction of organic material.