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Qualified personnel with analytical chemistry skills are in short supply and highly sought after.

This course is delivered online and is designed to enable you to work and study simultaneously, developing the technical skills you need to progress into a more senior role within your lab or your workplace.

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Course overview

This online MSc will equip you with the technical skills and knowledge to develop into a multi-faceted analytical scientist, capable of using advanced analytical techniques.

You’ll receive a high level of support from the programme team and will have the opportunity to benefit from peer support by establishing a professional network with fellow students.

You’ll also develop the understanding and awareness of processing real-world data, through video practicals, and a research-related project, based at your work location.

You will learn how to:

  • explore the basis of analytical science, methods of achieving chemical analysis goals and the use of mass spectrometry in the modern laboratory;
  • encounter analytical applications of atomic and molecular spectroscopy and provide you with the tools you need to develop and expand your expertise;
  • study classical and state-of-the-art, instrumentally based techniques such as atomic and molecular spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Key skills

Become a broad-spectrum analytical scientist with the development of skills in key techniques.

Industry leaders

Learn from leading, industry experts who have extensive practical experience in this field.

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Flexible learning

Study this course online and tailor your learning around your work and other commitments.

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Who this course is designed for?

This course is suitable for professionals in the following industries in particular: environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, chemical, food production, petrochemicals and materials.

If you’re seeking to move into a more senior lab-based role, this course will provide the skills and knowledge to take that step up.


Where will it take you?

Chemical analysis is a significant part of all manufacturing industry, as well as teaching and research.

There is high demand in both industry and academia for graduates with analytical science skills.

The nature of this master’s and the skills you’ll develop mean you will be an inviting option for employers in areas including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, environmental, clinical, materials and numerous others.

Course units

Units 1 - 4


Fundamentals of Analytical Science (Mandatory, 20 credits)

  • Basics of analytical science
  • Titrimetric analysis
  • Gravimetric analysis


Separation Science (Mandatory, 20 credits)

  • Methods of achieving chemical analysis goals
  • Column chromatography


Mass Spectrometry (Mandatory, 20 credits)

  • Use of mass spectrometry in the modern analytical laboratory
  • Topical applications of mass spectrometry


Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (Mandatory, 20 credits)

  • Analytical applications of atomic and molecular spectroscopy
  • Theory and instrumentation
  • Topical and practical applications

Units 5 - 8


Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
MSc: 24 months
Entry requirements
We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in Chemistry MChem/BSc. We may consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent. Other degree-based qualifications, with significant analytical science content, may be considered.

Full entry requirements

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How to apply
Please click here to download the Analytical Science application form. Please email for further information.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Learn the skills you need to become a multifaceted analytical scientist
  • Develop the knowledge to use analytical techniques to problem solve in your workplace and across different environments
  • Study when it suits you thanks to online delivery of the course content, with extensive support throughout
  • Learn from expert academics on each course unit including Dr. Phil Riby, Course Director, Perdita Barran, Dr. Nicholas Lockyer, Professor Eric McInnes, Professor Mathias Nilsson, Dr. Mike Baker and more.
5 reasons to study our online MSc in Analytical Science

Open days


Upcoming webinar: Everything you need to know before applying for MSc in Analytical Science

Our next webinar is on 15th July 2020 at 12.30pm (BST) . Join our Analytical Science academics and get insight into the application process, what to include in your personal statement, entry requirements and course key dates.

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Webinar: MSc Analytical Science Course Introduction  (from 22/05/2020)

Watch our webinar with the Course Director - Dr Philip Riby to find out more about the course content, content delivery, career opportunities and a Q&A session.

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You can find out more about this course and what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on a university open day .

As the taught units on this programme are delivered 100% online, you might find it useful to take a virtual tour of our campus and facilities. You can access our Department of Chemistry Virtual Open Day here .

Additional expenses

You will need to undertake a practical project in any analytical area provided you have access to the relevant equipment at work. A minimum of 100hrs practical work will be required. If you are using your employer's laboratory space and equipment, you will need to gain official permission and commitment from your industrial supervisor.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

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