Analytical chemistry underpins many important commercial enterprises from jet engine development to food production and is applied to 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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the structure and delivery of this programme is currently under review, we advise that you contact the programme lead named in the contact box for more information before you apply.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
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 innovation, and the independence required for continuing professional development.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two modules focused on developing transferable skills (30 credits), a literature project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Applied Analytical Chemistry.
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.
Students take the following core modules (120 credits) and submit a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Analytical Strategies I
- Data Analysis and Theory in Analytical Chemistry
- Practical Aspects of Analytical Chemistry
- Analytical Strategies II
- Transferable Skills for Chemists
- Researcher Professional Development
- Literature Project for Applied Analytical Chemistry
All students undertake a substantial research project selected from a range (60 credits).
Teaching and learning
This degree emphasises self-learning and is delivered through individual and team-based tasks. The programme will focus on developing students’ knowledge of analytical methodology, philosophy and design.
Assessment is by presentations, vivas, and problem-solving coursework. There are no written exams for this programme.
Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from alternative sources, for instance via those shown on the UCL scholarships and funding pages.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2020/21
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates will be equipped for varied employment in industry and the public sector: analytical science techniques have a very broad range of applications in many sectors, ranging from forensics to global climate change and medicine to the automotive industry.
This MSc seeks to train the next generation of analytical scientists in state-of-the-art methods and skills to tackle the challenges of a broad range of applications. Students are connected to industry partners through our teaching delivery (several of our guest speakers are from other universities and industry) and project participation, and receive important professional skills in two dedicated research and transferable skills modules.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Using a non-traditional approach this programme will prioritise independent learning and research. Students also participate in peer-review assessment of posters and talks. Peer assessment is an important transferable skill that is used widely in industrial and academic environments.
Emphasis will be on designing appropriate analytical methodologies and the relevant underpinning data handling, analysis and interpretation. The physics and chemistry behind state-of-the-art measurement technologies, their methods and application limitations will also be prioritised.
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Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for anyone interested in developing their skills or their career in the growing field of analytical chemistry, providing the entry requirements are satisfied.
- All applicants
- 28 August 2020
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Analytical Chemistry at graduate level
why you want to study Analytical Chemistry at UCL
what particularly attracts you to this programme
how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
what you expect to get out of the programme
where you would like to go professionally with your degree.
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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