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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Environmental Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time - 1 year, Part-time - 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

    Full-time (entire course)

    Scottish/EU Students: £5,500
    Rest of UK Students: £6,750
    International Students: £14,950


    Scottish/EU Students:
    £2,750 for year 1 and 2

    Rest of UK Students:
    £3,375 for year 1 and 2

    International Students:
    £7,475 for year 1 and 2

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in environmental analysis.

You will benefit from the use of modern analytical equipment, and a real insight into the latest developments and challenges facing the industry. Your coursework will be underpinned by research, and industry-input, providing you with the best platform from which to deliver relevant and up-to-date analytical science services as a well-prepared graduate.

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study - Business Gateway, 2017.

What you will study

Semester 1

This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Environmental Analysis, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

Semester 2

You will take part in a group problem-solving mini-project within your discipline. This builds on semester one study and emphasises the groups' ability to correctly apply appropriate instrumental techniques and methodology to solve the analytical problem posed. 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2. 

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

Semester 3

You will begin the MSc Research Project practical work where you will develop your skills in using initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, and a high level of autonomy, critical judgement and the application of appropriate and relevant principles in order to produce your thesis.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Teaching and assessment

A built-for-purpose learning environment fully supports your learning experience in analytical science. You are given extensive use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment, e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, ICP-AES, SEM-EDXA, CE, DSC, TGA, PCR, NMR and tuition from research active, expert staff. Much focus is placed upon developing you to work autonomously and problem-solve in analytical environments.

Our partners commonly provide industrial visits and guest lectures as well as external MSc projects. These relationships will allow you to gain a unique insight into the opportunities available within the analytical chemistry sector, as well as the challenges and opportunities you will face once in the workforce.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 1 hours per week
  • Webinar - 20 students per group, # hours per week
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 20 students per group, 5 hours per week
  • Demonstration - 20 students per group
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 20 students per group
  • Field Work - 20 students per group
  • External Visits - students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 20 students per group

Independent Study

You will develop substantial initiative and autonomy through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises which will demand a significant amount of independent learning to complete coursework and assessments. The MSc project is a significant piece of self-directed work which tests your higher cognitive skills in problem-solving and analysis, synthesis, evaluation and selectivity and improves your ability to learn.

Staff Delivering on this Course

Most of our staff members are research-active or have connections to industry. Professional involvement in the design of this course ensures its alignment with the requirements of the industry and increases your employability. Our school has a unique relationships with, for example, Aberdeen's environmental industries, Scottish Food and Drink producers and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We also collaborate with the Scottish Police Authority on the profile analysis of seized and surrendered abused drugs.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 1 written exam typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 14 set exercises
  • 4 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Placements and Jobs


Depending upon availability and academic performance, you may have the opportunity to undertake your MSc Research Project in an industrial setting. This may be in the Aberdeen area or further afield, e.g. other parts of Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France etc. We have a dedicated Placement Office to support you to securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking. Please note that industry projects are limited and subject to availability.


Study Abroad

Study Abroad is not technically an option for this course. However, the MSc project can be undertaken abroad in an EU country, which will enhance your learning experience and maximise your employment prospects.


Job Prospects

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study (Business Gateway, 2017).

Graduates gain employment in a wide range of areas such as research, project management and analytical services associated with a range of industries including distillation, pharmaceutical, oilfield chemistry, food/drink analysis and environmental science.

Graduates may also go on to further their academic career by seeking doctoral studies either within Robert Gordon University, when funding and suitable vacancies are available, or the rest of the UK, EU or internationally.

Some of our graduates with the Drug Analysis and Toxicology specialism have gone on to undertake a variety of projects including tablet quality analysis at GSK, substances of abuse analysis for Police Scotland, and toxicology analysis at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Hospital.


How to Apply

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Visit the Analytical Science: Environmental Analysis (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!





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