Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

University College Cork

Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry

Course Outline

This course is designed to give participants a thorough training in the theory and practice of modern analytical techniques, with special regard to solving problems such as arise in various areas of Irish industry. Towards these ends the course will consist of lectures, laboratory work on set experiments and a short analytical research/development project.

Lectures are provided in a dedicated lecture schedule and through attendance at appropriate modules.

Among the topics covered in lectures are sampling methods, classical methods of analysis, instrumentation in spectroscopy, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, near-infrared nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, separation methods (incl. gas-liquid and high-performance liquid chromatography, supercritical fluid extraction), ion exchangers, potentiometry, voltammetry, sensors, process analysis, thermal methods, materials analysis, statistical data handling and the use of computers in analytical chemistry.

Set experiments

Set experiments are selected from the topics listed above and will involve the whole analytical process from sampling to the assessment of results and reliability parameters.


A short research/development project is completed during the summer by full-time candidates (for part-time students special arrangements will be made).

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Opportunities exist for industrial placement both locally and through IAESTE and for the exchange of staff and students with other European research laboratories through various EU-supported Socrates networks, linked to University College Cork.

Subjects taught

Modules (60 credits)

CM6012 Modern Analytical Techniques, Chemical Data Analysis and GLP (10 credits)

CM6013 Separation Science, Sensors and Process Analytical Technology (10 credits)

CM6014 Materials, Pharmaceutical and Bio-analysis (10 credits)

CM6015 Practice of Analytical Chemistry (10 credits)

CM6019 Research Project in Analytical Science (10 credits)

Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)

PF6301 Biopharmaceuticals: Formulation, Secondary Processing and Regulation (10 credits) or

EV4002 Environmental Monitoring (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements - Direct Entry

- Candidates must have a Merit or Distinction in BSc or HETAC/NCEA Ordinary Degree/Diploma (NFQ, Level 7, or equivalent).

- The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree. Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, or with proven and relevant industrial experience can be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for places following interview and assessment. Candidates must be approved by the Professor of Analytical Chemistry and/or the Co-ordinator of the MSc Programme, and by the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

- Bridging courses may be assigned as a pre-requisite depending on the background of the individual candidate.

Application dates

Closing Date: Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9th September 2024.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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