MSc in Applied Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry underpins many important commercial enterprises from jet engine development to food production, and is also applied to many other academic disciplines such as Earth sciences, medicine, archaeology, pharmacy and forensics. This MSc seeks to train the next generation of analytical scientists in state-of-the-art methods and skills to tackle the challenges of this broad range of applications.

Below are details about this programme for 2023 to 2024. Applications for September 2023 entry opens on the 17th of October 2022. Further information about UCL graduate programmes can be found on the UCL Graduate degrees pageThis programme is also accredited by the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry).

This masters programme provides the training and knowledge to be able to design, build and use analytical devices to provide meaningful information. The course covers an extraordinary breadth of training ranging from medical diagnostics to analysis of historical artefacts and environmental air monitoring and water surveillance. 

MediaCentral Widget Placeholder72gE2eHg


Students on this course will appreciate basic principles of analytical chemistry underpins all analytical applications; namely dealing with the matrix and the target analyte; generating data and meaningful interpretation. This degree provides an excellent springboard to forge a career in analytical science either in mainstream analytical chemistry or more niche applications.

Degree Structure:

This programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation. A thorough understanding of error analysis, data processing and data presentation will be at the foundation of this programme.

The programme will contain minimum formal instruction, but emphasise self-learning and originality of thought. Students will develop and demonstrate self-direction and originality, and the independence required for continuing professional development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of the following modules:

 Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For all prospectus information: 


We offer an excellent education with high standards of teaching in an exciting but friendly environment. We foster a community feel to the department and you will mix throughout your time here with staff, undergraduate students and researchers.

UCL Scholarships: find the currently available Studentships with the Scholarships and funding tool.

Questions & Answers: There's a lot you should ask and a lot for us to tell you in our FAQ section.

Postgraduate Taught Tutor
Professor Daren J. Caruana
Tel: 020 7679 4527
Email: d.j.caruana@ucl.ac.uk

Programme Director
Dr Anna Roffey
Email: anna.roffey@ucl.ac.uk