Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry

External Users

The Facility is happy to provide all our services and equipment access to external users on either a fee-for-service or collaborative rates basis.

Our external academic rates for routine analysis are listed below. For industry rates or quotes for access to our advanced MS instrumentation please get in touch to discuss your requirements (

Please note that by submitting samples to the MS Facility for analysis you agree to our conditions of service and acknowledgement. Users taking advantage of our collaborative rates also agree to abide by our publications policy. A copy of these can be found here.

Sample analysis rates:

We can offer beth collaborative rates (academic users only) and fee-for-service rates (academic and industry) depending on the type of work you would like to pursue. Collaborative rates require an agreement to abide by our serivce and publication conditions and submission of a purchase order denotes agreement with those conditions. 

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to provide quotations for work.

Sample submission for external users

If you wish to send a sample to the Facility for analysis, please contact us via email at to arrange delivery. We also offer the opportunity for external users to visit the Facility and help perform their data processing, acquisition and analysis if they wish.  

We now use iLab, for all instrument bookings and analysis requests, please get in touch with the Facility when you are ready to make a booking and we will guide you through the process. 

Results for molecular mass analysis and de novo sequencing are usually available and emailed to you within five working days of receipt depending on demand and provided all instruments are fully operational. 

Samples should be addressed as follows:

Postal Address (for samples stable at ambient temperature):

Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, 
Astbury Building, Faculty of Biological Sciences, 
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Samples shipped at 4 °C or -20 °C should be addressed to our Goods Inward:
Faculty of Biological Sciences – Goods Inward
5.34 Roger Stevens Building
TV Courtyard
Willow Terrace
University of Leeds

Please contact the MS facility prior to shipment to ensure that someone is available to receive your package.

All couriered parcel should be sent next day delivery. Please do not send parcels by same-day delivery as we cannot accept anything after 4pm.

Similarly please do not dispatch on Fridays as packages cannot be accepted over the weekend.

Samples on ice should be sent by courier (TNT, UPS etc.) and not Royal Mail. All Royal Mail packages are delivered to the central mailroom which causes a delay in samples getting to us.