University of Edinburgh: Analytical Chemistry (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Chemistry
Study type Taught


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

This 1-year MSc programme 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 programme and the research project, you can specialise in different streams of Analytical Chemistry such as: - analysis of biomolecules

  • environmental analysis

  • characterisation of materials

Why Edinburgh 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 graduates with the theoretical knowledge behind analytical chemistry techniques, but also unique hands-on experience of operating the instruments.

Programme structure Semester 1 focuses on theory and fundamental techniques used in Analytical Chemistry, which will be assessed by various forms of continuous assessment and a written exam in December.

Semester 2 focuses on specialised techniques and their application, a team-based practical problem-solving exercises and a literature survey as preparation for the independent research project.

The MSc research project will run over summer.

Assessment and topics Each course will have a strong practical element and a notable element of continuous assessment.

The majority of teaching is delivered in small groups and you 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

Career opportunities We actively support and guide you in your career aspirations.

Analytical chemists are employed by a range of industries and services (private and government sectors) and diverse career opportunities exist for our MSc Analytical Chemistry graduates.

They are qualified to take up many roles in the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries, either in research and development or sales and marketing.

Analytical chemists play an important role in environmental analysis and protection, healthcare services, diagnostics, vaccine development and consumer safety to name but a few.

Alternatively, an MSc degree is a precursor to a PhD degree.

The degree also provides training in problem-solving and analytical thinking, and provides skills in data analysis and presentation, making a career in IT, management or finance a possibility.


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