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    1 year full time

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    06 December 2017

Course content

This analytical chemistry masters is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Each of these techniques contains a number of key common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), facility management and enterprise into the programme. A group analytical project develops interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team and will be the first opportunity for students to independently fully exercise some of the components of the course taught in the first semester. The integral research project provides an opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.

Introducing your course

Analytical Chemistry is the largest employment area for the chemical sciences. The Instrumental Analytical Chemistry MSc gives you a boost to your bachelor’s degree that significantly increases your employability. We offer an advanced, instrumentation-driven postgraduate education in modern analytical chemistry with some elements in combination with one or more specialist research areas such as synthesis or data science.

You will receive comprehensive, hands-on, training with state-of-the-art research-led instrumentation in the techniques and provision of Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction. This training will then be used in your research project, which focuses on the application of these techniques to most areas of mainstream chemistry.


The MSc masters in analytical chemistry programme will provide you with knowledge, understanding and strong practical skills in:

  •  The fundamental analytical techniques¹: Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction (single crystal and powder);
  • Other general characterisation techniques (IR & UV spectroscopy, TEM, TG/DSC, CD) and separation science methodology;
  • GLP, electronic recording, data management, facility management and exploitation of results;
  • Data analysis, experimental design and chemometrics;
  • Planning of a safe working practice, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects;
  • Working within a small team to achieve a common research goal;
  • Self-led practical-based research, particularly on characterisation and analytical instrumentation.
  • The ways in which it is possible to exploit the results of research.

¹ Analytical science currently defined by the EPSRC as principally consisting of mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

With a masters in analytical chemistry you could find employment with:

  • Government agencies
  • Publicly funded research councils
  • Hospitals
  • Public health laboratories
  • Environmental agencies
  • Specialist research organisations
  • Consultancies
  • Testing companies
  • Private food, materials, polymers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical companies.
  • Petrochemical companies

Visit the Instrumental Analytical Chemistry - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!






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