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The University of Edinburgh: Analytical Chemistry (MSc)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Chemistry
Study type Taught


Analytical Chemistry is a fundamental science in high demand for employment in chemistry and related industries, focusing on the separation, identification, and quantification of matter using various techniques.

This 1-year MSc degree covers both the theory and the applications of a number of techniques in Analytical Chemistry, as well as introducing students to the principles of the "analytical process", data analysis/presentation, and research methods. During the degree and the research project, students can specialise in different streams of Analytical Chemistry such as analysis of biomolecules, environmental analysis or characterisation of materials to name but a few.

The School of Chemistry hosts world-class Analytical Chemistry facilities that will be at the core of the teaching and training of our students, not only to provide the theoretical knowledge behind analytical chemistry techniques, but also unique hands-on experience of operating the instruments.

The programme will have a strong practical element and significant continuous assessment. The majority of teaching is delivered in small groups and the students are assessed through a combination of coursework, laboratory reports, presentations, exams, and performance and reporting on the MSc research project.

The degree includes topics in:

  • Chromatography and Separation Science

  • Optical Spectroscopy

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

  • Electrochemistry and Sensors

  • Sampling and Data analysis

  • Analysis of Biomolecules

  • Environmental Analysis

  • Characterisation of Materials

  • Research Methods


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University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 15th in the 2023 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

We provide a stimulating working, learning, and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

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