Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation in a variety of fields including biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and environmental analysis.

Analytical chemists assess the chemical structure and nature of substances. Their skills are needed for a variety of purposes including drug development, forensic analysis and toxicology. Analytical chemists can specialise in areas as varied as toxicology, pharmaceuticals and forensics.

What does an analytical chemist do?

Analytical chemists analyse samples using a range of techniques such as electro-chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, and spectroscopy. They are employed by a variety of public and private sector organisations and can specialise in areas such as toxicology, pharmaceuticals, quality control or forensics.

You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatography and tunable nanopore sensors.

Our MSc Chemistry programmes attract students from all over the world with students from a wide range of different countries including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India. Our programmes were ranked above the sector average on all 9 units of assessment in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

What makes this programme different?

  • Access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation
  • New £17 million STEMLab

Who should study this programme?

Our Analytical Chemistry programme is designed for students who are looking to develop their understanding across the spectrum of major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in the English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Analytical Chemistry MSc programme comprises a broad range of modules covering all the major analytical techniques, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills, and with the option to study aspects of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry if desired.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Separation Techniques (15 credits)
  • Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques (15 credits)
  • Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis (15 credits)
  • Professional Skills and Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis (15 credits)
  • Sensors (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Analytical Science (15 credits)

Future career prospects

Graduates from the Analytical Chemistry programme have progressed to careers in a range of industries, and many go on to further study and PhD programmes.

Program taught in:

See 6 more programs offered by Loughborough University »

This course is Campus based
Start Date
1 - 5 years
9,500 GBP
UK/EU students. International fees: £21,000.
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date