Analytical Sciences (DC161)

Analysis, detection and measurement - solve problems of critical importance
To study Analytical Sciences apply using the CAO code DC161 or Chemical Sciences General Entry (DC163) upon successful completion of Year 1
Why is it exciting?

Analytical Sciences is a term given to the science of detection and measurement, opening an opportunity to solve problems of critical importance. We see, use and benefit from it every day – from analysis and purity checks of medicines, to the daily monitoring of industrial wastes or the analysis in forensic laboratories.

The Analytical Sciences course offers an interdisciplinary approach, educating you in both theoretical and practical aspects of chemical, biochemical and microbiological analyses. If you are interested in science, have an enthusiastic approach to analysis and problem-solving, and are looking for a bright and productive career, then Analytical Sciences is a degree for you!

What will I study?

In years 1 and 2 of Analytical Sciences, you will study the essential background knowledge in chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics. Our laboratory practical sessions will allow you to get a hands-on experience on the instruments and techniques used in industry.

In year 3 you will get to work as part of the industrial work placement programme (INTRA). The placement ensures that you gain valuable work experience in a real-life setting, putting your knowledge and skills of the degree to the test.

The major emphasis of final year is on specialised methods and applications of analytical science, along with a full-time project in the final semester. This offers an opportunity to develop your own approach to solving complex problems. Chemistry and biology specialist options are maintained, ensuring that you still gain the multidisciplinary education that modern employers demand.

Training for the future

The ever- increasing demand for more detailed and accurate data means your services as a trained analytical scientist will be in constant demand. The programme has been designed to ensure graduate employability into the future with careers ranging from biopharmaceuticals, public health, cosmetic laboratories and education.


Graduates from BSc in Analytical Sciences can opt to work in the chemical and forensic analysis laboratories and specialise in process development, validation and quality control roles. You can also choose to continue with further studies in research and development.