Taught course

Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

University of Southampton · Chemistry

Entry requirements

Second-class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in chemistry or a closely-related subject (eg biochemistry, physics, polymer science, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics); non-UK applicants will usually have completed four or more years in higher education.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is structured around a solid core comprising three main analytical techniques – mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction – each containing common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of good laboratory practice, facility management and enterprise. A group project in semester two will develop your interpersonal skills and teamwork and will be your first opportunity to independently apply taught components of the course. The research project offers you the opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.

The programme comprises formal instruction (lectures and practicals) and an individual research project. Theory and skills courses are delivered over two semesters. The practical phase of your research project will be completed from June until midAugust. It is anticipated that the final weeks of the programme will involve concentrated preparation for your dissertation with a very limited amount of laboratory work.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Natural and Environmental Sciences
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