Taught course

Analytical Chemistry

University of Aberdeen · Chemistry

Entry requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a Chemistry, Applied Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth). Students with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Geology or B.Ed in Chemistry may also be considered if they have a 2:1 (upper second class) result or above. Key subjects you must have covered: a minimum of 2 years of chemistry in your undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc programme in Environmental Analytical Chemistry focuses on specialisation in advanced modern analytical methodology to face challenges in environmental, pharmaceutical, oil & gas industry and other related industry in R&D. A particular focus is on the use of NMR and elemental & molecular mass spectrometry for the identification and quantification of small biomolecules in complex mixtures at trace level.

Most biochemical and environmental questions can nowadays only be answered by genetics and metabolomics. Here this course focuses on the latter, i.e. the determination of molecules in biological and environmental samples using spectroscopic and mass spectrometric methods.

Reasons to study analytical chemistry at Aberdeen:

  • The programme is designed in collaboration with an industrial advisory board to ensure relevance.
  • Provides theoretical and practical courses, teaching, application and professional skills
  • Research-led teaching in fundamental and applied analytical chemistry
  • Leading research in natural product chemistry and elemental speciation
  • Strong interaction of chemistry with life sciences and environmental sciences
  • World-wide unique combination of ICPMS and ESI-MS and
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation for NMR and mass spectrometry within the MBC (Marine Biodiscovery Centre) and TESLA (Trace Element Speciation Laboratory)
  • Research project at a sponsoring industrial partner

The MSc programme is a 12 month full-time programme beginning in September each year.

Students wishing to study towards a Postgraduate Diploma can complete in 9 months full-time (diploma students do not do a summer project); those wishing to study towards a certificate can complete in 4 months full-time.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Admissions Unit
+44 (0)1224 272515
+44 (0)1224 272818