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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Analytical Chemistry

Further your scientific and professional skills and enhance your understanding of key concepts in analytical chemistry on this course. You also develop your knowledge of analytical technologies and instrumentation. This integration of scientific knowledge and professional development is designed to help maximise your competitiveness in the employment market.

Course length 12-24 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Advance your knowledge of analytical chemistry, your practical skills and professional and organisation skills on this course. You learn the fundamentals of analytical chemistry and how it is applied to pharmaceutical, environmental and materials analyses.

The course is taught by researchers with an international reputation in advanced analytical techniques, such as the application of mass spectrometry to the analysis of biological matrices. Tutors also have expertise in production and detection of nanoparticles and detection of pollutants, particularly in soil.

This course is suitable if you wish to increase your knowledge and skills and increase your competitiveness in the job market or pursue a PhD. It will also suit you if you work in a chemistry-related profession and are seeking to further your career prospects.

You gain experience and understanding of
• key techniques in separation sciences, including liquid and gas chromatography
• atomic and molecular spectroscopy, such as atomic absorption and emission, NMR and IR
• analytical technologies applied in process control and solving complex biological problems

This is a multi-disciplinary course where you learn about various topics including statistics, laboratory quality assurance and control, environmental analysis and fundamentals of analytical instrumentation.

You also gain the transferable skills needed to continue developing your knowledge in science, such as data interpretation and analysis, experimental design and communication and presentation skills.

You complete a research project to develop your research skills and their application to real world situations. You are supported by a tutor who is an expert in analytical chemistry.

Your laboratory work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which are extensively equipped with the latest models of analytical instruments such as HPLCs and GCs. This is supplemented by access to our research facilities where you have access to more sophisticated equipment, such as NMR and a suite of various types of mass spectrometers.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Applicants should normally have a degree (bachelors or equivalent) in chemistry that is accredited by the RSC. Applicants whose first degree is not accredited by the RSC, or with overseas degrees or degrees in which chemistry is a minor component will be considered on a case by case basis on submission of their first degree transcript.

Candidates who do not meet the RSC criteria for accreditation will be awarded a non-accredited masters qualification on successful completion of the programme.

Applicants will be informed in writing at the start of the programme whether or not they possess an acceptable qualification and, if successful on the masters programme, will receive an RSC accredited degree. If you do not meet the RSC criteria for accreditation, you will be awarded a non-accredited masters after successfully completing the programme.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You must have one of the following

• a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a chemical subject or equivalent

• other qualifications such as HND, HNC or unclassified degree in a chemical subject, plus significant relevant work experience

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 months

Part time – September start – typically 24 months

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules

Quality issues, laboratory accreditation and the analytical approach (15 credits)
You study the stages in the selection, development and application of an analytical method, from initial identification of need to eventual
routine use, with emphasis on the quality of data produced.

Separation, detection and online techniques (15 credits)
This module introduces the theoretical basis and practical applications of separation, molecular spectrometric and mass spectrometric

Surface analysis and related techniques (15 credits)
You examine the principles of the instrumental methods used for determining the physical and chemical properties of materials. This
includes X-ray methods, scanning microscopy and surface analysis techniques.

Drug detection and analysis (15 credits)
This module is aimed at those with an analytical chemistry background and looks at some of the specific analytical methods employed for
screening and detection of drugs, both in bulk materials and biological specimens.

Methods for analysis of molecular structure (15 credits)
This module extends your knowledge and skills to advanced organic mass spectrometry, NMR, and inductively coupled plasma-atomic
emission and mass spectrometry.

Process analytical technology (15 credits)
You examine the key features of designing, analysing and controlling manufacturing processes. You also look at some of the elements of
chemical, physical, microbiological and mathematical analysis, which are essential components of the process analytical technology.

Professional development (15 credits)
This module aims to extend your professional skills and improve your career prospects. It involves sessions on essential practical skills and
problem solving, communication of scientific information and IT skills. Assessment includes a personal and professional development
portfolio plus reflective self-evaluation of your progress on the course.

Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
You develop the skills needed to formulate, carry out and report on a research or development project. These skills include creativity or
invention as well as more formal skills such as application of knowledge and searching the literature. Statistical analysis of experimental
results and database searches also form an important part of this module.

Research project (60 credits)
During this module you work with an individual tutor to design and carry out a research project. This includes a critical review of the
literature, considerable laboratory work, analysis of data and an appreciation of the meaning and application of your work.

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

Assessment Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework including
  • problem-solving exercises
  • case studies
  • reports from practical work.
Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.


This course is aimed at either recent graduates or those already in employment who wish to develop a career in analytical chemistry or enhance their laboratory skills and knowledge in the techniques and methods used in a modern analytical science laboratory.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,300

Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,400

Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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