Analytical Chemistry (Postgraduate Diploma)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Three to four days a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time, October to September

This modular Postgraduate Diploma delivers comprehensive training in analytical chemistry, with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as forensic, clinical and biopharmaceutical or environmental analysis.

The programme is available both part-time and full-time, by day release, and offers the opportunity to complete a research project in our research laboratories. This is a laboratory-based subject, with constant contact between staff and students which creates opportunities for you to comment on, and take responsibility for, the direction of your studies.

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of analytical science and its practical applications, advance your understanding of recent advances in the field and equip you with the skills to formulate a research or method development plan and carry out the appropriate literature and data searches. You will also learn how to carry out chemical manipulations, operate advanced analytical equipment and work safely and efficiently in a laboratory.

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  • Part-time study by day release allows you to combine study with other commitments, and accumulate modules over two to five years.
  • Can include a research project, which may be completed at your place of work if appropriate.
  • You can register for the Postgraduate Diploma and progress to the MSc by completing the requisite modules.
  • Available with specialisms in forensic analysis, clinical and biopharmaceutical analysis or environmental analysis.
  • Chemistry is taught in the School of Science, which offers state-of-the-art instrumental and computing facilities, and the possibility of collaborating with industry. The School also provides a seminar programme and skills training across disciplines.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Read about Birkbeck research helping to identify fundamental biological and physical structures and fight disease.
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Course structure

The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded for successfully completing all the taught modules but not the project, or at least half the taught modules of the MSc Analytical Chemistry and the project.

The research project is worth 60 credits.

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Students who pass an appropriate specialist module, and also undertake their project in an appropriate area of study, and who so wish, may be awarded a specially designated Postgraduate Diploma, for example Postgraduate Diploma Analytical Chemistry (Forensic Analysis).

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