Analytical Sciences with Instrument Validation - Cork

The course is industry focussed to address scientific skills gaps within the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Food, Beverage, Water & MedTech sectors. The MSc is designed with Industry to upskill graduates with a science and engineering qualification to become specialised in the area of Analytical Science. Upon successful completion of the MSc, graduates will have an advanced knowledge of the disciplines of analytical science combined with innovative research skills.

This MSc in Analytical Sciences with Instrument Validation is aimed at those wishing to upskill in the latest developments in advanced analytical techniques and method/instrument validation. Thus, providing a strong talent pipeline for industry, through the development of student knowledge, skills and expertise in advanced analytical techniques by focusing participants on topics: separation, detection and characterization of chemical compounds.

The MSc will have a strong quality validation focus, producing graduates with an expert knowledge of quality validation methodologies. The programme places great emphasis on professional development, communication, management and leadership skills, all of which will allow students to develop their career aspirations.

Subjects taught

The programme places significant emphasis on student learning. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where many modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. This 90 credit programme is delivered over three 30-credit semesters. The Industry Related Research Project takes place in Semester Three of the programme, where students can be placed in industry to complete an industry-related project and submit a dissertation on this project.

Separation Science (10 Credits)
Advanced Spectroscopy and Process Analytical Technologies (10 Credits)
Professional Development and Communication (5 Credits)
Management and Leadership (5 Credits)
Strategic Quality Management (10 Credits)
Structure Elucidation and Bioactive Molecules (10 Credits)
Environmental Legislation and Standards (10 Credits)
Industry based Analytical Research Project (30 Credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Level 8 qualification in a Science or Engineering discipline with a fundamental understanding of scientific methods and subjects, in particular a basic level of chemistry (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical or Enviromental Chemistry). Applicants with a Level 8 qualification in other disciplines or a Level 7 in a Science/Engineering discipline AND extensive relevant industrial experience or training may be considered via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and process.


18 Months Part Time

Blended: Online lectures are streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback for learners. Students in employment may be able to complete the programme online, if they have appropriate access to a laboratory as part of their employment.

Post Course Info

Candidates have the option to progress to a variety of roles in industry or can consider opportunites for further study via research with the Department of Physical Sciences in the area of Mass Spectrometry Analysis or related process analysis.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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