Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry MSc

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Course Code: CKR03 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee €7,500 (excl. Bench Fee); 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €22,000 (excl. Bench Fee). A €1,000 Bench Fee is also required, payable directly to the department. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

2017 Entry Requirements: Candidates must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a subject(s) related to that of the MSc programme. See also Detailed Entry Requirements

Closing Date: See details in application procedure below

Next Intake: 10th September 2018


MSc degree courses are provided in three key areas of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and in Pharmaceutical Analysis. They are designed to provide advanced knowledge and hands-on training in modern analytical instrumental techniques. Separation science, sensors, and spectroscopic techniques are key elements alongside chemometrics, instrumentation and advanced research project completion. Students will have the flexibility to specialise in a chosen field and further advancement to PhD research is available to highly motivated and talented postgraduates.

The MSc in Analytical Chemistry is a one-year course designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills for employment in a diverse range of industries that require analytical expertise. The course curriculum consists of six months of lectures, laboratory practical sessions, career service workshops, industry-based seminars/workshops, site visits to industry and a six-month research project (industry, research institute, aboard).

The curriculum has been developed with input from staff in the chemistry department and also by the industry advisory board, to provide you with the necessary skills required by employers. Students have the choice to complete the six-month research project in a national or international industry or university environment. They also have the opportunity to present their research at the annual George Guilbault Symposium that is sponsored by industry with a number of awards being presented to students at this event.


Course Details

On completion of this MSc course, you will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds

  • outline fundamental and applied aspects of chemical analysis

  • design and carry out a method of pharmaceutical and chemical analysis, including instrumental analysis

  • prepare written laboratory reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly, and provide an appropriate conclusion

  • communicate effectively with the chemistry, environmental and pharmaceutical communities

  • carry out research and method development in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis

  • prepare a written research report in the form of a dissertation


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

    Students study 90 credits course work from the following modules:

    Core Modules (50 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)
    CM6026 Industry Led Workshops (5 credits)
    CM6027 Taught Postgraduate Transferable Skills Development (5 credits)

    Choice from the following modules:

    Elective Module (10 credits)

    EV4002 Environmental Monitoring (10 credits)


    PF6301 Biopharmaceuticals: Formulation Design, Secondary Processing and Regulatory Compliance (10 credits)

    Research Project Module (30 credits)

    CM6020 Research Project and Dissertation in Analytical Chemistry (30 credits)


    Programme Requirements

    The MSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry is awarded to successful candidates after passing written examinations across all taught modules, including the continuously assessed practical module CM6015, and the research project, which has to be written up in the form of a dissertation and approved by the external examiner.

    The written examinations are split between the Winter and Spring examination periods. CM6012, EV4002 and PF6301 are taken in the Winter, whilst CM6013 and CM6014 are taken in the Spring. Students taking the course part time over two years can decide in advance what exams to take in each of the two years.

    The research projects commence in Semester 2 and continue into Semester 3 and cover the time period of April to September. Dissertation completion and submission deadlines are beginning of October each year.

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

Research Project and Industry Placement:

You will be required to complete a six-month research project based on your individual research and development in a selected field of modern science. You carry out your research in UCC’s laboratories or at an approved academic or industrial partner.

When you complete your research dissertation in an industrial setting, it provides the company with an opportunity to assess your skills and abilities and to screen potential future full-time employees. Students also have the opportunity to travel aboard to do their research project. This highlights the international recognition of the course and the close links established between the course and the relevant institutes.

Students who secure employment upon graduation fit into the organisation and contribute productively much sooner that other graduates. For students with an interest in future careers as PhD researchers, research projects are offered across a broad range of topics.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Direct Entry

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 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. Part-time candidates with sufficient day release time can sit for the written examinations after 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme, provided that they have completed all required coursework.

Entry Requirements - via the Postgraduate Diploma
Candidates having obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I at the first attempt in a Postgraduate Diploma course in a cognate area of science and technology are eligible to apply. Candidates having obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I at the first attempt in the Postgraduate Diploma course (in any of these analytical science programmes offered at UCC), can qualify to convert to the MSc programme in the same year, and be permitted to undertake the Research Dissertation Module, as directed by the Professor of Analytical Chemistry or the Programme Co-ordinator.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place for September 2018.

Course Practicalities

The courses consist of a 12 month full-time intensive programme of lectures, laboratory work on set experiments and a dissertation based on individual research and development in the selected field of modern analytical science, under the supervision of an expert staff member. Part-time students may complete the course over 24 months subject to flexible day release from industry.

Who Teaches This Course

Qualified and experienced scientists from Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) at UCC lecture on the course, in particular professors and lecturers in chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and materials science. There are also a number guest lectures from Tyndall National Institute, invited guest speakers from other institutes and invited guest lectures from industry. An important aspect of the course is the industry-led teaching agenda and the support the course has from industry in delivering the industry led workshops and facilitating on-site visits.

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