UCC Postgraduate courses

Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time.

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Dip

  • EU Fees

    €6,130 (excluding €1,000 bench fee)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €19,900 (excluding €1,000 bench fee)

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30 May 2023

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 May 2023

  • Start Date

    11 September 2023

Course Outline

This course is designed to give participants a thorough training in the theory and practice of modern analytical techniques, with special regard to solving problems such as arise in various areas of Irish industry. Towards these ends the course will consist of lectures,  laboratory work on set experiments and a short analytical research/development project.

Lectures are provided in a dedicated lecture schedule and through attendance at appropriate modules.
Among the topics covered in lectures are sampling methods, classical methods of analysis, instrumentation in spectroscopy, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, near-infrared nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, separation methods (incl. gas-liquid and high-performance liquid chromatography, supercritical fluid extraction), ion exchangers, potentiometry, voltammetry, sensors, process analysis, thermal methods, materials analysis, statistical data handling and the use of computers in analytical chemistry.

Set experiments 
Set experiments are selected from the topics listed above and will involve the whole analytical process from sampling to the assessment of results and reliability parameters.

A short research/development project is completed during the summer by full-time candidates (for part-time students special arrangements will be made).

Modules (60 credits)

  • CM6012 Modern Analytical Techniques, Chemical Data Analysis and GLP (10 credits)
  • CM6013 Separation Science, Sensors and Process Analytical Technology (10 credits)
  • CM6014 Materials, Pharmaceutical and Bio-analysis (10 credits)
  • CM6015 Practice of Analytical Chemistry (10 credits)
  • CM6019 Research Project in Analytical Science (10 credits)

Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)

  • PF6301 Biopharmaceuticals: Formulation, Secondary Processing and Regulation (10 credits)  or
  • EV4002 Environmental Monitoring (10 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available in the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


Further details on modules can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Why Choose This Course

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Opportunities exist for industrial placement both locally and through IAESTE and for the exchange of staff and students with other European research laboratories through various EU-supported Socrates networks, linked to University College Cork.


Entry Requirements - Direct Entry

  • Candidates must have a Merit or Distinction in BSc or HETAC/NCEA Ordinary Degree/Diploma (NFQ, Level 7, or equivalent).
  • The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree. Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, or with proven and relevant industrial experience can be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for places following interview and assessment. Candidates must be approved by the Professor of Analytical Chemistry and/or the Co-ordinator of the MSc Programme, and by the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
  • Bridging courses may be assigned as a pre-requisite depending on the background of the individual candidate. 

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,130 (excluding €1,000 bench fee).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €19,900 (excluding €1,000 bench fee).


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment 

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment 

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.

Bench Fee

Please be advised that a €1,000 bench fee is also required, payable directly to the department.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 May 2023

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