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Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation in a variety of fields including biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and environmental analysis.

Analytical chemists assess the chemical structure and nature of substances. Their skills are needed for a variety of purposes including drug development, forensic analysis and toxicology. Analytical chemists can specialise in areas as varied as toxicology, pharmaceuticals and forensics.

What does an analytical chemist do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Analytical chemists analyse samples using a range of techniques such as electro-chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography and spectroscopy. They are employed by a variety of public and private sector organisations, and can specialise in areas such as toxicology, pharmaceuticals, quality control or forensics.

You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

Our MSc Chemistry programmes attract students from all over the world with students from a wide range of different countries including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India. Our programmes were ranked above the sector average on all 9 units of assessment in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

What you'll study

Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme comprises a broad range of modules covering all the major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills, and with the option to study aspects of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry if desired.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.


  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Separation Techniques (15 credits)
  • Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques (15 credits)
  • Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis (15 credits)
  • Professional Skills and Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)


  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis (15 credits)
  • Sensors (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Analytical Science (15 credits)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Chemistry is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Graduates from the Analytical Chemistry programme have progressed to careers in a range of industries, and many go on to further study and PhD programmes.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Novartis, Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Sanofi Genzyme, Analytical Chemist
  • Loughborough University: PhD projects in medical breath analysis and novel energy applications.

Your personal development

The Analytical Chemistry M.Sc provides specialist training in the use of a range of different analytical techniques and methodologies.

Visit the Analytical Chemistry MSc/Diploma/Certificate page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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