School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

MSc Analytical Chemistry

The MSc Analytical Chemistry programme provides a postgraduate qualification in Analytical Chemistry for science graduates who have limited experience of analytical chemistry at the undergraduate level. Uniquely in the sector, students are taught to make chemical measurements to ISO 17025, the international standard for all testing and calibration laboratories: this is highly valued by employers of analytical chemists throughout the world.

Students acquire practical and problem solving skills through the use of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation in ISO9001:2015 certified laboratories.

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Key features

  • Prepare for a professional career in analytical chemistry, in the pharmaceutical, clinical, forensic, food, water, energy and environmental sectors
  • Learn to make chemical measurements to ISO 17025, the international standard for all testing and calibration laboratories. This ability is highly valued by employers of analytical chemists worldwide
  • Engage in a hands-on, problem-based approach to learning, with an emphasis in applying your practical skills to real-world problems
  • Acquire practical and problem-solving skills through the use of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation in our ISO9001 certified laboratories


Course details

  • Year 1
  • The programme will include the following modules:

    • Research Methods for Science
    • Quality Assurance and Accreditation
    • Analytical Principles
    • Analytical Instrumentation 
    • Analytical Chemistry Advanced
    • Problems and Practice for MSc
    • MSc Analytical Chemistry Project

    Core modules
    • GEES514 Research Skills for Science

      This module reviews research methods relevant to professional and academic scientific research. It encompasses the complete lifecycle of research: genesis of a research idea; planning; experimental design; execution; data collection; data analysis; information retrieval and management; critical analysis and synthesis; knowledge dissemination and application.

    • GEES520 MSc Dissertation

      The student will complete an independent research project that they have designed in semester 1 as part of their research skills development. The record of the research will communicate the project aims, research problem, methodology, data analysis, interpretation, discussion/synthesis and conclusions in the format specified and to a professional standard.

    • CHM5002 Analytical Chemistry Principles

      This module introduces the fundamental theoretical concepts in analytical chemistry. It also provides training in problem solving and teamwork.

    • CHM5003 Analytical Instrumentation

      This series of practical sessions (with supporting lectures) provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the operation and applications of modern instrumental analytical techniques. Emphasis is given to hands on experience of a range of modern instrumental techniques and their application to industrial, environmental, clinical and forensic samples.

    • CHM5004 Quality Assurance and Accreditation

      This module introduces the fundamental concepts of Quality Management, ISO9001 certification for analytical chemistry, and training in ISO17025 application.

    • CHM5006 Analytical Chemistry Advanced Problems and Practice for MSc

      This module allows students to apply their knowledge and practical skills to solve case studies and practical problems in advanced analytical chemistry.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or greater) or equivalent in chemistry, pharmacy, geology, life science or a related subject.

Applicants may be asked to enrol for a certificate or diploma in the first instance.

International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £7,500 To be confirmed
International £14,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £400 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.