MSc in Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: September / January

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 22,130 / year

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This is the most established analytical masters course in Ireland and is among the most popular masters courses studied at UCC. This master’s course, in particular, is highly successful internationally in attracting students from around the world due to the industry-led teaching agenda. The industry-relevant curriculum offered to students and the opportunity to complete a six-month placement in industry or an academic research lab has also had a major impact on the student experience.

Program description

This program is delivered in three key areas of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Analysis. They are designed to provide advanced knowledge and practical training in modern analytical instrumental techniques.

The Master of Analytical Chemistry is a one-year course designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills for employment in a wide range of industries that require analytical experience. The course curriculum consists of six months of lectures, hands-on lab sessions, professional service workshops, industry-based seminars / workshops, industry visits, and a six-month research project (industry, institute of research, on board).

Upon completion of this master’s course, you will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, analyze and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds.
  • describe the fundamental and applied aspects of chemical analysis.
  • design and perform a method of chemical and pharmaceutical analysis, including instrumental analysis.
  • prepare written lab reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly, and provide a conclusion appropriate.
  • communicate effectively with the chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical communities.
  • carry out research and development of methods in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis.
  • prepare a research report written in the form of a dissertation.

Program structure

The MSc in Analytical Chemistry course consists of eight course modules including lectures, established practical sessions, professional service workshops, industry guest lectures, industry workshops and site visits and a six-month research project.

Students study 90-credit course work from the following modules:

  • Modern analytical techniques, chemical data analysis and GLP (10 credits)
  • Science of separation, sensors and process analytical technology (10 credits)
  • Materials, pharmaceuticals and bioanalysis (10 credits)
  • Analytical Chemistry Practice (10 credits)
  • Industry-led workshops (5 credits)
  • Development of postgraduate transferable skills (5 credits)
  • Biopharmaceuticals: formulation design, secondary processing and regulatory compliance (10 credits)
  • Research project and dissertation in analytical chemistry (30 credits)

Admission requirements

  • Candidates must have obtained at least an honors bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a subject (s) related to the of the master’s program.
  • Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, or with proven and relevant industry experience may be considered after the interview and evaluation.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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