Analytical Chemistry MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course provides postgraduate education in Analytical Chemistry, a specialism which is a major source of employment for scientists. Analytical Chemistry involves the identification and measurement of chemicals, be they in industrial processes, humans or materials. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most recent technological developments and applications in Analytical Chemistry. Instrumental techniques used in the analysis of organic compounds, metals, solids, etc. are all covered. Possible sources of error in experimental and instrumental analysis are discussed, thus allowing the correct interpretation of experimentally-derived scientific data There is the opportunity to study a specialised module in the area of biochemical analysis or pharmaceutical analysis. This course is two thirds taught material (core lectures are delivered on three days of the week) and one third research project.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


2 to four years

Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree of which Chemistry has played a significant part.


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Course content

The course is designed to train you in the scientific methodology relating to analytical chemistry and extend your interest and knowledge in all areas of the subject. The taught part of the course consists of seven core modules in Analytical Chemistry plus an additional one optional modules in the areas of analysis linked to biochemistry, biology and pharmaceutical science. The research project requires 50 days laboratory work and takes place during the summer, sometimes through an industrial placement.

The core modules are:

Fundamentals of Analytical Science

This module gives an overview of Analytical Science using scope, requirements and technological changes. The quality of data is ascertained using a variety of methods. Sample preparation and treatment and instrumentation with particular reference to errors and uncertainty.

Instrumental Methods and the Analysis of Solids

The practical modules provides you with the practical skills necessary for a wide range of analytical techniques in chromatography and instrumentation giving you the practical exposure and experience to tackle problems and the ability to select the most appropriate analytical techniques. You then be able to develop, compare and assess methods for analytical problems by carrying out various laboratory exercises in small groups or on your own. This module is assessed by handing in weekly practical reports and a oral and poster presentation.

Data Treatment and Analysis

Basic statistical theory underlying the analysis and treatment of univariate and multivariate chemical, forensic, pharmaceutical and biological laboratory data.

Advanced Separation Techniques

This module introduces the theoretical basis and current and future developments in analytical separation techniques. Areas covered range from solid phase extraction; theory of chromatography; gas chromatography (GC); high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); capillary electrophoresis (CE), asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) and sedimentation velocity in the analytical ultracentrifuge (SV-AUC). Tutorials are provided to support the lectures.

NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Scientists

This module provides both a broad and in depth coverage of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. There is a large emphasis on developing your knowledge of the two techniques and you will be exposed to the most recent advances in instrumentation and their applications. You will explore advances in NMR design through a written assignment and you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to interpret spectral data in an exam.

Biochemical Methods

This module provides an in-depth description of many current biochemical methods as applied to analysis. This will include you learning about DNA analysis, in particular PCR and sequencing, immunological analysis techniques and the fundamentals behind them, protein separation techniques and X-ray crystallography. There will be a combination of lectures and computer simulations.


Extended experiments to develop, compare and assess methods for analytical problems carried out in small groups with joint report and oral presentations.


This module will give you research experience in methods of experimental design and either to develop new analytical methods or to solve a novel analytical problem. The research project is carried out over a 50 day period working in the laboratory. Part-time student may carry out their project at their place of employment. You will become familiar with the current analytical literature and gain skills in being able to select and review relevant papers on a particular topic. It will test your ability to handle and interpret analytical data. You will also further develop communication skills in report writing, poster and oral presentations . Further feedback will be provided by regular meetings with your project supervisor on a day-to-day basis.

One optional module can be selected from:

Molecular Medicine

This module will help you learn how understanding the biology underlying microbial (bacterial and viral) infection and disease, such as cancer, is important in the design of novel therapeutic agents. The module will outline examples of anticancer drugs, antimicrobials and drugs against other diseases (such as diabetes). In addition to a test that will assess your understanding of the topics, you will have the opportunity of independent learning in the form of a poster combined with a viva-type examination that will enhance your communication and interpersonal skills as well as critical thinking.

Molecular and Cellular toxicology

This module will consider the interactions between xenobiotics (potentially harmful foreign chemicals including drugs) and living organisms at the molecular and cellular level effects of xenobiotics. Topics that are included are toxicokinetics, examples of xenobiotic agents, and the role of risk in determining the harm of xenobiotics. The physiological and pathological effects of Xenobiotics following the interaction with cellular enzymes. The module also investigates the in vitro and in vivo testing that is carried out in order to determine the safety of xeniobiotics.

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Analysis

This module will consider the formulation of small molecules and macromolecules (proteins and monoclonal antibodies) using advanced drug delivery systems. The application of advanced analytical techniques such as thermal and spectroscopic methods in drug development will also be appreciated. Latest trends in pharmaceutical development such as pharmaceutical nanotechnology and lipid based drug delivery systems will also be considered. Assessment is by test (50%) and Assignment (50%).

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Currently there are good employment opportunities for Analytical Chemists not only in the chemical industry, but in a range of other sectors. In industry they monitor product quality, raw materials and effluent. In hospitals, as Clinical Chemists, they monitor the health of patients by analysing samples of blood or urine. Public Analysts working on behalf of local government check the food we eat and the air we breathe. Analytical Chemists also test for toxic substances in the work place, pollutants in the environment, and levels of drug abuse. Analytical Chemists are also employed in the pharmaceutical industry working on drug development and in tablet testing. Recent graduates from this course are employed in the pharmaceutical and food Industries as well as in research positions and in educational establishments

Teaching and assessment

Considerable emphasis is placed on independent learning. Face-to-face contact is through weekly lectures, workshops and practical laboratory classes. Additional leaning materials are provided on the University's VLE. There is an Academic Skills Tutor within the School of Applied Sciences who can help with things like report writing, revision and examination technique, numeracy skills, etc.Modules are mainly assessed by assignments, problem solving exercises, assessment of laboratory skills and written examinations. The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

-One of the most important aspects of this course is that you will also get hands-on experience using a wide range of analytical instrumentation in our well equipped laboratories. This is through structured practicals as well as open ended group mini-projects. -The course includes statistical analysis of data which is essential in the interpretation of all analytical data. - You will be taught by research active staff most of whom are members of professional bodies including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society and the Higher Education Academy. - Science research at Huddersfield is thriving and expanding. In the 2008 RAE 75% of the research in chemistry was rated as internationally recognised with 25% being rated as internationally excellent. As well as pure analytical science there are many research projects which involve the application of analytical science. This is evidenced in the range of in-house MSc research projects which include sensor development, drug analysis, design of novel drug formulations and delivery methods, thermal degradation of novel drug formulations, bioremediation, characterisation of therapeutic polysaccharides, application of polysaccharides in waste water treatment, firearms and DNA recovery.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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