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Analytical Chemistry MSc

University of Aberdeen

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Full-time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-19
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    10 (Chemistry)
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    Master of Science

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Course Summary

The MSc programme in Analytical Chemistry augments your undergraduate chemistry experience and develops specialist skills applicable to analytical, bioanalytical and environmental areas. This programme focuses on specialisation in advanced modern analytical methodology. You learn research, analytical methods and application to advanced level.

Courses include: Advanced Analytical Methodologies A and B; Research Techniques and Professional Skills and Problem Solving Theory and Practice; Research Project in Analytical Chemistry A; Research Project in Analytical Chemistry B.

NMR and elemental and molecular mass spectrometry allows the identification and quantification of small biomolecules in complex mixtures at trace level. You will learn to apply these tools to trace toxic elements such as arsenic, mercury and other elements. Research at Aberdeen has provided evidence of contamination and its origination and this type of analysis can be applied to food industries, environment and other industry areas.

Analytical Chemists work in the pharmaceutical industry, fine chemicals, biotechnology, environmental organisations, research institutes, oil & gas industry, newer energies, food, manufactured goods, life sciences, innovation areas and more globally. All industry sectors from oil to chemical companies require specialists and graduates also move into public protection, environmental protection, university research, teaching at all levels, patent agencies, forensic science and many other innovation industries such as IOT and development of chemical sensors.

The Department of Chemistry sits within the School of Natural and Computing Sciences. 80% of research in chemistry is ‘world leading or internationally excellent.’ Chemistry is a fundamental subject of science which overlaps with biology, medicine, physics, engineering, geology and earth science. Research at Aberdeen is exciting and dynamic and areas include; medicinal chemistry, bio discovery, trace element specification, biomaterials, catalysts and photo catalysts, functional materials, construction materials and remediation. Research is cross disciplinary and facilities include the Trace Element Specification Laboratory and Biodiscovery Centre.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 in the ‘pursuit of truth’ to provide progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the universities of Paris and Bologna this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

You are taught by internationally recognised research and teaching staff with professional consultancy experience in your discipline, 76% of research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent. (REF 2014).

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and recognised brands. The city is compact offering four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • 1st in Scotland (2014 REF) and a Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degree
  • Notable historic innovations including: modern chromatography which was invented by (Synge, Nobel prize 1952), and new element, protactinium which was invented by Frederick Soddy (Nobel Prize 1921)
  • A Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degree

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The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, as well as the stunning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the cosmopolitan yet compact city and its golden beaches.


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