Analytical Chemistry Diploma, MSc, PG certificate

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
2-5 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:



in the UK for Chemistry

Guardian University Guide 2018


Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation in a variety of fields including biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and environmental analysis.

Analytical chemists assess the chemical structure and nature of substances. Their skills are needed for a variety of purposes including drug development, forensic analysis and toxicology. Analytical chemists can specialise in areas as varied as toxicology, pharmaceuticals and forensics.

What does an analytical chemist do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Analytical chemists analyse samples using a range of techniques such as electro-chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography and spectroscopy. They are employed by a variety of public and private sector organisations, and can specialise in areas such as toxicology, pharmaceuticals, quality control or forensics.

You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

Our MSc Chemistry programmes attract students from all over the world with students from a wide range of different countries including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India. Our programmes were ranked above the sector average on all 9 units of assessment in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

What makes this programme different?

  • Access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation
  • New £17 million STEMLab

Who should study this programme?

Our Analytical Chemistry programme is designed for students who are looking to develop their understanding across the spectrum of major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme comprises a broad range of modules covering all the major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills, and with the option to study aspects of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry if desired.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Research Methods (15 credits)

Literature searching in chemical or environmental science; statistical evaluation of data in analytical science and transferable skills useful for personal and professional development.

Separation Techniques (15 credits)

Methods and application of the principal analytical separation techniques, including gas and liquid chromatography, electrophoretic techniques, and their applications in pharmaceutical, bioanalysis, environmental, food and related areas.

Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques (15 credits)

Principles of molecular and elemental mass spectrometry, combined chromatography-mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry, and their applications in bioanalytical science and proteomics.

Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis (15 credits)

Instrumental methods for analysis of inorganic and organic materials, including: X-ray powder diffraction; IR, Raman, UV-Vis, fluorescence, NMR; thermal methods (combustion analysis, TG, DTA, DSC); interpretation of mass spectra. Principles, problem-solving and determining structures from mixed sets of spectroscopic data.

Professional Skills and Dissertation (30 credits)

Information retrieval, preparation of a dissertation (literature review) and project planning in preparation for project module; health and safety; the analytical process; quality systems overview: ISO 9000, ISO 17025, GLP; quality assurance; auditing; proficiency testing; intellectual property.

Research Project (60 credits)

Student specific research training project focussed on the discipline in the award title, including planning and execution of a research or development work programme designed to address specified aims as agreed with the project supervisor, based in industry or at the University.

Optional modules

Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)

Processes involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs; kinetic modelling of these processes, test systems available and application of this information to drug development.

Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis (15 credits)

Processes involved in the design and development of drugs; case studies of drug discovery and development,evolution of synthetic routes, molecular targets for drugs and how interactions with them induce their effects; experimental methods to detect and quantify potentially useful activities in new chemical entities.

Sensors (15 credits)

The methods, components and applications of chemical sensors, including electrochemical sensors, biosensors and technologies based upon emerging nano structures and materials.

Innovations in Analytical Science (15 credits)

Literature review and presentation on a recent innovation in analytical science and its impact on the the scientific landscape.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Chemistry is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Graduates from the Analytical Chemistry programme have progressed to careers in a range of industries, and many go on to further study and PhD programmes.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Novartis, Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Sanofi Genzyme, Analytical Chemist
  • Loughborough University: PhD projects in medical breath analysis and novel energy applications.

Your personal development

The Analytical Chemistry M.Sc provides specialist training in the use of a range of different analytical techniques and methodologies.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Richard Gyasie-Hayford

Analytical Chemistry MSc graduate

It has been a great experience. I’ve especially enjoyed the Professional Skills module, where we interacted with personnel from industries.