Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry

Programme Director: Prof LEUNG, Kelvin S Y

This is a two year part-time or one year full-time postgraduate programme offered by the Department of Chemistry. The aims of the programme are two-fold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for further education for working professionals in the field of analytical chemistry and related areas; and
  2. To offer a programme of study relevant to the need of public and industrial laboratories as well as research organisations.

Students graduated from the programme will possess a more integral view on real life problems of analytical nature and the ways and means at their disposal to solve them. The programme also provides training in laboratory management, quality assurance, computer applications and laboratory automation and help to instil an integrated analytical mind in students so that they can comfortably assume supervisory or managerial positions in establishments dealing in chemical analysis or related fields.

Part-time and full-time students will be required to spend two evenings (about four hours per week) and four evenings (about eight hours per week) respectively on lectures and seminars. In addition, both part-time and full-time students have to devote one Saturday and weekday respectively, every alternate week, to laboratory and dissertation. As an integral part of a professional training process, each student is also required to complete an independent dissertation related to chemical analysis.

 Student may apply for an interim award of postgraduate diploma if they cannot complete all the programme requirements for reasons deemed acceptable to the Programme Board. To qualify for the postgraduate diploma, students will need to have completed at least 18 units of study, including all required courses except for the dissertation, with a GPA of 2.50 or above and no course grade below C-. Students with the interim award have the option of surrendering the postgraduate diploma and returning to complete the programme for the MSc degree within five years of obtaining the interim award.

Students intending to return and resume their studies, however, will be subject to the availability of the programme, and they may be required to take extra units if the programme structure has undergone subsequent changes.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Required Courses 23 units
II) Elective Courses 4 units
    27 units


I. Required Courses 23 units
  CHEM7210 Analytical Process and Applied Statistics 2 units
  CHEM7220 Chemical Instrumentation 2 units
  CHEM7240 Analytical Spectroscopy 2 units
  CHEM7250 Laboratory Management 2 units
  CHEM7331 Dissertation 3 units
  CHEM7332 Dissertation 3 units
  CHEM7390 Separation Science 3 units
  CHEM7401 Seminar I 0.5 unit
  CHEM7402 Seminar II 0.5 unit
  CHEM7403 Seminar III 0.5 unit
  CHEM7404 Seminar IV 0.5 unit
  CHEM7411 Advanced Analytical Laboratory 2 units
  CHEM7412 Advanced Analytical Laboratory 2 units
II. Elective Courses 4 units
  CHEM7270 Electroanalytical Chemistry 1 unit
  CHEM7280 Surface Analysis 1 unit
  CHEM7340 Environmental Analysis and Monitoring 1 unit
  CHEM7350 Sample Pretreatment Methods 1 unit
  CHEM7380 Food Safety Analysis 2 units
  CHEM7420 Mass Spectrometric Analysis 1 unit
  CHEM7430 Pharmaceutical and Traditional Chinese Medicinal Analysis 1 unit
  CHEM7440 Bioanalysis 1 unit
  CHEM7450 Chemosensor and Biosensor 1 unit
  CHEM7460 Forensic Analysis 1 unit
  CHEM7480 Food Microbiology for Chemists 1 unit
  CHEM7490 Nanomaterial Analysis 1 unit 
  CHEM7500 Food Analysis 2 units
    27 units
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