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Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

University of Southampton · Chemistry

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's General Regulations for Admissions, the normal entry requirement to study this analytical chemistry masters is at least an upper second class honours degree in Chemistry, or a closely related subject. The degree must have had a minimum Chemistry content of 50%. Closely related subjects are: biochemistry, physics, polymer science, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics.

Students who have achieved a lower second honours degree will only be admitted onto this masters in analytical chemistry in exceptional circumstances.

Months of entry


Course content

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 (NMR) 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 course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and strong practical skills in:

  • The fundamental analytical techniques: mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction (single crystal and powder)
  • Other general characterisation techniques and separation science methodology
  • GLP, electronic recording, data management, facility management and exploitation of results
  • Data analysis and experimental design
  • 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

Information for international students

Non-UK applicants will usually have completed 4 years or more in higher education.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 5899