MSc degree courses are provided in three key areas of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and in Pharmaceutical Analysis. They are designed to provide advanced knowledge and hands-on training in modern analytical instrumental techniques. Separation science, sensors, and spectroscopic techniques are key elements alongside chemometrics, instrumentation and advanced research project completion. You will have the flexibility to specialise in a chosen field and further advancement to PhD research is available to highly motivated and talented postgraduates.
On completion of this course, you will be able to:
- identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds - outline fundamental and applied aspects of chemical analysis - design and carry out a method of pharmaceutical and chemical analysis, including instrumental analysis - prepare written laboratory reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly, and provide an appropriate conclusion - communicate effectively with the chemistry, environmental and pharmaceutical communities - carry out research and method development in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis - prepare a written research report in the form of a dissertation
The courses consist of a 12 month full-time intensive programme of lectures, laboratory work on set experiments and a dissertation based on individual research and development in the selected field of modern analytical science, under the supervision of an expert staff member. Part-time students may complete the course over 24 months subject to flexible day release from industry.
CM6012 Modern Analytical Techniques, Chemical Data Analysis and GLP (10 credits) CM6013 Separation Science, Sensors and Process Analytical Technology (10 credits) CM6014 Materials, Pharmaceutical and Bio-analysis (10 credits) CM6015 Practice of Analytical Chemistry (10 credits) CM6027 Industry Led Workshops (5 credits) CM6027 Taught Postgraduate Transferable Skills Development (5 credits) EV4002 Environmental Monitoring (10 credits)
Research Project Module (30 credits)
CM6021 Research Project and Dissertation in Environmental Analytical Chemistry (30 credits)
You will be required to complete a six-month research project based on your individual research and development in a selected field of modern science. You carry out your research in UCC’s laboratories or at an approved academic or industrial partner.
When you complete your research dissertation in an industrial setting, it provides the company with an opportunity to assess your skills and abilities and to screen potential future full-time employees. Students also have the opportunity to travel aboard to do their research project. This highlights the international recognition of the course and the close links established between the course and the relevant institutes.
Students who secure employment upon graduation fit into the organisation and contribute productively much sooner that other graduates. For students with an interest in future careers as PhD researchers, research projects are offered across a broad range of topics.
The MSc courses aim to provide you with the necessary skill set to develop methods and solve problems as demanded by many industries today (including pharmaceutical, environmental and forensic analytical laboratories). You are also introduced to research and innovation in analytical science.
Many analytical chemists, pharmaceutical chemical analysts and environmental chemical analysts go on to pursue careers in industry, government and forensic laboratories and opportunities for further research often result.
The course sets out to bridge the gap between the current undergraduate degree knowledge and what is relevant and expected by industry. There is a strong emphasis on developing transferable skills and ensuring that the career path for the student is either industry or academically focused. A large percentage of students gain employment in industry after completion of the course, however a number of graduates also decide to progress to international PhD opportunities.