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MSc Analytical Chemistry

MSc Analytical Chemistry

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

This Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry Masters of Science programme of University College Cork is the most established one in Ireland. It is also among the more popular Masters of Science programmes studied in the university, gaining attention from both domestic and international students.

MSc degree courses are provided in three key areas of:

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry and
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis.

If you are application to this programme is approved, you will have the flexibility to specialise in a chosen field.  Depending on your performance, you may even advance to PhD research.

If you are approved to enroll in this programme, you will be able to gain industry relevant training and qualification in an analytical division.

The industrial setting is due primarily to the input from an Industry Advisor Board, made up of 18 company representatives from the Pharmaceutical, BioPharma, Biomedical Device, Environment and Food/Beverage sectors in Ireland.  The Industry Advisor Board  provides crucial industry feedback on both the teaching strategy and practice for the taught postgraduate course in Analytical Chemistry. 

Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry Masters of Science programme of University College Cork is the most established one in Ireland. It is also among the more popular Masters of Science programmes studied in the university, gaining attention from both domestic and international students.

MSc degree courses are provided in three key areas of:

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry and
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis.

If your application to this programme is approved, you will have the flexibility to specialise in a chosen field.  Depending on your performance, you may even advance to PhD research.

The industry-led teaching curriculum is due primarily to the input from an Industry Advisor Board made up of 18 company representatives from the Pharmaceutical, BioPharma, Biomedical Device, Environment and Food/Beverage sectors in Ireland.  The Industry Advisor Board  provides crucial industry feedback on both the teaching strategy and practice for the taught postgraduate course in Analytical Chemistry. 

You will be asked to complete a six-month research project (from April to September) on a topic related to analytical chemistry. Industry-based projects in these areas are managed by a dedicated placement officer who facilitates career workshops during which students prepare for and are interviewed by staff from companies interested in hosting students.  Completing your research dissertation in an industrial setting is actually an advantage to companies as they will be provided an opportunity to assess your skills and abilities AND screen you as a potential future full-time employee.

Provided you have the visa and financial resources, there may be an opportunity as well for placement for you outside Ireland since UCC has existing collaborations with research institutes in Belgium (imec), The Netherlands (NFI), France (CNRS) and Northern Ireland (Almac).

Are you a competitive professional?  An annual two-day event called the George Guilbault Symposium provides MSc student an opportunity to present their thesis projects.  Get the opportunity to present to a panel of industry judges and hopefully, bag an award for either Best Presentation or Best Poster.

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Course Delivery

The courses consist of a 12 month full-time intensive programme of lectures, laboratory work on set experiments.

Your dissertation will take place between April and September under the supervision of an expert staff member.  You will carry out your research in UCC’s laboratories or at an approved academic or industrial partner.  Transportation to and from the laboratories on campus or off  campus will be on your account.

Dissertation completion and submission deadlines are beginning of October each year.

The MSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry is awarded to successful candidates after passing written examinations across all taught modules, including the continuously assessed practical module CM6015, and the research project.

The written examinations are split between the Winter and Spring examination periods. CM6012, EV4002 and PF6301 are taken in the Winter, whilst CM6013 and CM6014 are taken in the Spring.

 

Careers

This is a NFQ Level 9 programme and you may apply to remain in Ireland after course completion.  You may also choose to return to your home country with a degree that is recognized globally. 

As a graduate of this MSc programme, you may pursue a career in government or the private sector.  With the skills set you would have developed upon completing this programe, you may choose a career in the following fields:

  • Pharmaceutical industry;
  • Environmental and forensic analytical laboratories
  • Research and innovation in analytical science.  

And if you choose to remain in Ireland and pursue a career as an Analytical Chemist, the median annual salary of Analytical Chemist in Ireland, as of 28 October 2016, is Euros 34,534*

While a large percentage of students gain employment in industry after completing this MSc programme, a number of graduates also decide to progress to international PhD opportunities.

As a student, you are permitted to work part-time during the regular semester while you study in Ireland. You may work full-time only in June, July, August, September and from 15th December to 15th January, inclusive.

And if you still have the time and language skills, there may be opportunities for you to act as an undergraduate tutor.

‚Äč* "Analytical Chemist Salary (Ireland)" Payscale.com. Payscale, Inc., 28 October 2016. Web. 30 November 2016.

Learning Outcomes

The course sets out to bridge the gap between your current undergraduate degree knowledge and what is relevant and expected by the industry in Ireland.  Upon completing the programme, you will  know whether your career trajectory will be either industry or academically focused.

On completion of this MSc course, you are expected to develop transferable skills as follows:

  • Identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds;
  • Outline fundamental and applied aspects of chemical analysis;
  • Design and carry out a method of pharmaceutical and chemical analysis, including instrumental analysis;
  • Prepare written laboratory reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly, and provide an appropriate conclusion;
  • Communicate effectively with the chemistry, environmental and pharmaceutical communities in Ireland;
  • Carry out research and method development in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis;
  • Prepare a written research report in the form of a dissertation.

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Course Outline

The key areas of this Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry Master of Science programme are designed to provide advanced knowledge and hands-on training in modern analytical instrumental techniques. Separation science, sensors, and spectroscopic techniques are key elements alongside chemometrics, instrumentation and advanced research project completion.

You will be studying 90 credits course work from the following modules:

Core Modules (50 credits)

  • CM6012 Modern Analytical Techniques, Chemical Data Analysis and GLP (10 credits) 
  • CM6013 Separation Science, Sensors and Process Analytical Technology (10 credits) 
  • CM6014 Materials, Pharmaceutical and Bio-analysis (10 credits) 
  • CM6015 Practice of Analytical Chemistry (10 credits) 
  • CM6026 Industry Led Workshops (5 credits) 
  • CM6027 Taught Postgraduate Transferable Skills Development (5 credits)

Choice from the following modules:

Elective Module (10 credits)

  • EV4002 Environmental Monitoring (10 credits)

or

  • PF6301 Biopharmaceuticals: Formulation Design, Secondary Processing and Regulatory Compliance (10 credits)

Research Project Module (30 credits)

  • CM6020 Research Project and Dissertation in Analytical Chemistry (30 credits)

Course Info

Course Code : CKR03

College : Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Total Cost - International Fees

23,000

Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is in September 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places for this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round are as follows:

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16, 2017

Offers will be made by January 30, 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1, 2017

Offers will be made by March 15, 2017

View IMPORTANT Information about Applying for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

As this is a popular MSc programme of the university, the number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree.

If you are applying for this program directly, the number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of your academic performance in your undergraduate degree.  You may be considered for placement in this masters program if you possess the equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, or have proven and relevant industrial experience.  Your application will be assessed however and you should be willing to undergo an interview if required.

Your application must be approved by the:

  • Professor of Analytical Chemistry and/or the Co-ordinator of the MSc Programme, and
  • College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Bridging courses may be assigned as a pre-requisite depending on your background.

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If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

If you are applying for this programme after completing the Postgraduate Diploma course in Analytical chemistry, you may qualify to convert it to this MSc programme and be permitted to undertake the Research Dissertation Module.

You must be able to demonstrate competence in the use of the English language.  If you are a non-EU applicant and English is not your native language, you must meet UCC's minimum standards of English language proficiency. 

Results from ANY of the following five English language exams  are accepted:

  • IELTS (Academic Test)
    • 6.5 Overall band score
    • 6.0 Minimum band per individual section
  • TOEFL iBT
    • 90 Overall Score. Minimum scores of
    • 17 For Listening and Writing
    • 18 For Reading
    • 21 For Speaking
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    • Grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    • Grade B
  • Pearson PTE
    • 63 Minimum score
    • No section score below 59

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts;
  • College diploma;
  • Professional references;
  • Professional registration details;
  • Curriculum Vitae and;
  • Identity documents.

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