This programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation in a variety of fields including biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and environmental analysis.

Programme information

The programme comprises a broad range of modules covering all the major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills, with the option to study aspects of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry if desired.

Study areas include research methods, separation techniques, mass spectrometry and associated techniques, spectroscopy and structural analysis, sensors, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, drug targets, drug design and drug synthesis and innovations in analytical science.

The practical sessions give students experience in nanopore technologies, separation science and the latest techniques in mass spectrometry.

Students also have exciting opportunities to carry out projects on placement in industries such as 3M, Astra Zeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and others.

Study Details:

MSc/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time, 2-5 years part-time

Module Details:


Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Separation Techniques 
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

Semester 2

  • Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis
  • Professional Skills and Dissertation
  • Research Training Project

Selected Optional Modules

Semester 1

  • Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques
  • Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis
  • Sensors

Semester 2

  • Innovations in Analytical Science
  • Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry

Programme Funding

A number of bursaries and scholarships are available to UK and EU students towards tuition fees.

Departmental bursaries, in the form of fee reduction, are available to self-funded international students.

The programmes also benefit from industrial sponsorship which provides support in the form of equipment, materials, presenters and project placements.

Student Destinations

Careers in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, environmental management, contract analysis laboratories, public laboratories, regulatory authorities and instrument manufacturers in either technical or marketing functions. A number of students have also progressed to PhD study.


UK/EU £6,600; International £18,950

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

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