Master of Science Degree in Analytical Chemistry

Master of Science Degree in Analytical Chemistry

Taught based on full-time or block release
  • 18 MonthsCourse Duration
  • PostgraduateSkill level
  • $8553.00


This is a taught postgraduate programme  offered either on a full-time or block release basis.

This programme is designed to provide comprehensive training in analytical chemistry and its implementation. This industrially relevant programme shall provide a student with a strong background in the theory of analytical techniques and give a student the ability to apply these techniques to complex analytical problems. There is an opportunity to study a specialised module in the area of pharmaceutical and clinical analysis.

On completion of this programme students shall be able to identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of chemical compounds. They shall also be able to manage effectively advanced investigations in analytical chemistry, showing the abilities to plan, execute, communicate and critically review the success of an investigation.


The normal entry qualification shall be an Honours Degree with at least a 2.2 classifications or better in Chemistry.

Full-time Programme
The programme consists of 8 taught modules and a research project work leading to a dissertation. The first 12 months are devoted to 8 taught modules and equally divided into two semesters. The last 6 months are devoted to a research project and the writing of a supervised dissertation. The research project may be undertaken in the Department, at an industry or any other institution approved by the Departmental Board. The dissertation shall normally be submitted at least one month before the end of the third semester of the Degree programme

Part-time Programme
The programme consists of 8 taught modules and a research project work leading to a dissertation. The 8 taught modules shall be equally divided into the four (4) blocks. Each semester consists of two blocks and in each block, 2 modules shall be taught. The research project shall commence at the anytime after the second semester examination. It may be undertaken in the department, at an industry or any other institution approved by the Departmental Board. The dissertation shall normally be submitted at least one month before the end of the fourth semester of the Degree programme. The weighting of modules shall be based on the notional study hours (NSH) credit system in which all learning activities of a student of average ability, taking place in and outside scheduled contact sessions, are taken into consideration (1 credit = 10 notional hours). A student must attain a prescribed minimum number of credits to qualify for the award of a degree or diploma.

A student shall be assessed through Continuous Assessment (25%), and a written examination (75%) for all modules without a practical component; for a module that has a Practical component, Continuous Assessment shall comprise 20%, practical component, 20%, and the final written examination, 60% of the overall mark.  A student registered for the MSc in Analytical Chemistry shall be required to pass all the Modules for which they have registered. The overall minimum pass mark in any module shall be 50%. A student who fails a module shall be allowed to proceed to the next Part of the Degree programme whilst carrying the failed module. 6.5 A student may be allowed to proceed carrying not more than 25% of the number of normally scheduled Modules in a particular year of a programme.  A Students shall be required to submit two typed and spiral bound copies of the dissertation for assessment. On submission of a satisfactory dissertation, the student shall be required to defend his/her work before a panel of Departmental Examiners. The project module shall be assessed by oral presentation which shall constitute 25% and a dissertation which shall constitute 75% of the overall assessment.

The weighting of the programme shall be as follows: Taught modules shall contribute 60% (185 Credits) The research project shall contribute 40% (120 Credits)

Students who pass, or are credited with, all eight taught modules (185 Credits), but do not successfully complete the project, shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Chemistry.
SCH 5101 Research Methodology And Scientific Writing 24 Credits
The module looks at the nature and concept of research; type of research and tools of research; research design and conceptualization; survey of research and data collection techniques; scientific and technical writing and research ethics. In the seminar each student is required to carry out a literature review of an analytical topic assigned to him/her and make a presentation on their dissertation topic covering literature review, the scope and purpose of their research.

SCH 5102 Advanced data-driven chemistry 23 Credits
The module looks at data analysis: Modern data analysis techniques, Minitab, R, Origin, Sigma Plot. Practical predictive analytics, models and methods. Data visualization and communication; design of experiments, cheminformatics: Representations of chemical structures; sources of chemical information; molecular properties; molecular similarity and diversity; chemo metrics: Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR) and Predictive Models; combinatorial libraries; structure-based drug design; analysis of high- throughput screening data; advanced sampling and sample preparation; advanced chromatographic separation and mass spectrometry.

SCH5103 Advanced sampling and sample preparation 23 Credits
The module explores sampling theory and methodology: Theory of extraction; sample preservation and stabilization techniques; sample contamination and control; sample homogenization; standards, techniques and method development. It also looks at sampling and sample preparation applications: Quality control and assurance in sampling; sampling strategy for process control; sampling methods in food analysis; as well as advanced sampling methods; passive samplers, SPE, SPME.

SCH5104 Advanced chromatographic separation and mass spectrometry 23 Credits
The module examines fundamentals of Chromatographic Separation: Mechanisms of separation; gas and liquid; detection and data-analysis; fundamentals of Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals of ion motion and selection; mass spectrometry instrumentation; mechanisms of ionizations; ionization techniques; applications of chromatography and mass spectrometry: ambient mass spectrometry ; high resolution mass spectrometry as well as mass spectrometry based proteomics.

SCH5205 Thermal analysis and electro analysis 23 Credits
The module looks at thermal Analysis: Thermal gravimetric analysis; differential thermal analysis; differential scanning calorimetry; hyphenated analytical techniques e.g TA-MS, TA- FTIR, electroanalysis: Amperometric technique; voltammetric technique, potentiometric technique and electrolytic conductivity.

SCH 5206 Spectroscopic Methods 23 Credits
The module is an introduction to spectroscopy; infrared, Raman, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction; atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma spectrometry; atomic, X-ray, molecular fluorescence and phosphorescence spectrometry as well as chemiluminescence.

SCH 5207 Environmental analysis 23 Credits
The module looks at fate and transport of chemical pollutants: Types of contaminants. Physical/chemical distribution among phases/media; biogeochemical processes in soils and groundwater; transport of contaminants; environmental analytical chemistry: Chemical analysis; biochemical analysis; air quality standards; water and waste water quality standards as well as good laboratory practices. ISO17025.

SCH 5208 Pharmaceutical and clinical analysis 23 Credits
The module looks at drug discovery and development: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; drug approval process; drug stability testing; design and analysis of clinical trials; formulation development and evaluation; advanced pharmaceutical compound analysis: Sample handling, storage and preparation; medical nanotechnology techniques; biological methods of drug analysis; advanced methods in analysis of biopharmaceuticals and quality assurance; GLP and GMP

SCH 6111 Research project 120 Credits
Students shall be encouraged to come up with research topics of their choice for their research projects. Such projects shall be approved by the Departmental Board before they embark on them.
Chemist in Pharmaceutical, mining, fertilizer, rubber, metallurgical, chemical Research, Academia, Fermentation, Food and dairy industries. Quality control and Water treatment plants.

Further Studies:
PhD in Analytical Chemistry

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