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Higher Diploma in Advanced Analytical Chemistry - SPRINGBOARD

Higher Diploma in Advanced Analytical Chemistry - SPRINGBOARD

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Discipline: Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements:  Bachelor degree at level 8 in any cognate discipline. Includes (but may not be limited to) Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bio/chemical pharmaceutical science, Toxicology, Health sciences, Nutrition.

Credits: 60

Places: 16


Free to unemployed applicants. €600 for employed applicants.

For full details on eligibility see

Why Study?

  • This aim of this Higher Diploma is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to work in analytical science in e.g. pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical industries.
  • The course will provide learners with hands-on experience of instrumentation used in analytical chemistry, creating and processing analytical data including the integration of analysis within quality management systems, and the statistical treatment of analytical results

Open for applications on  Start date September 2021


Programme Modules

Chromatography - download module details here (PDF)

Spectroscopy - download module details here (PDF)

Introduction to Quality - download module details here (PDF)

Advanced Analytical Techniques - download module details here (PDF)

Validation and Metrology - download module details here (PDF)

Statistics for Analytical Chemistry - download module details here (PDF)

Project - download module details here (PDF)


Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

1. Apply a knowledge of analytical chemistry in industrial and laboratory settings

2. Evaluate and report the results of analytical techniques within a statistical framework

3. Integrate the role of analytical chemistry within quality management frameworks.

4. Perform advanced chemical analytical techniques including chromatographic (GC, HPLC, IC), spectroscopic (IR, UV-Vis, Fluorimetry, MS, AA, ICP-AE), hyphenated (GC-MS, LC-MS) and chemical sensors

5. Complete the validation of analytical techniques

6. Apply chemical analysis to the solution of real-world analytical problems.

7. Establish, validate, perform and interpret the results of advanced analytical techniques both spectroscopic and chromatographic including hyphenated techniques

8. Present and communicate scientific information in an appropriate format

9. Implement quality control procedures and assess the reliability/uncertainty margins of measurement and test data and of calibration processes.

10. Apply analytical techniques within a project framework and to modify these techniques as appropriate to solve complex problems

11. Exercise appropriate judgement in designing, planning and executing a research project within the area of analytical chemistry.

12. Interpret project outcomes and to devise means of overcoming problems.

13. Within the chemical/pharmaceutical/medical device sector, critically evaluate and formulate opinions and solutions in relation to: Analytical techniques, troubleshooting of production processes and analytical assays

14. The range of contexts in which the learner should be expected to operate includes industrial, commercial, research and academic laboratories in which analytical chemistry is carried out.

15. Assist in the design, development and validation of new analytical techniques

16. Review and approve test results

17. Critically appraise quality issues and report these in a scientific report and/or orally

18. Apply their knowledge and skills to allow them to progress to higher qualifications

19. Transfer the knowledge gained in one area to related areas and act to continually improve work practices

20. Be aware of the need for continuous education and the various means of acquiring new knowledge

21. Describe theoretical and practical issues in an articulate manner

22. Offer an opinion on the value and meaning of statistical descriptions of data

23. Promote a work culture which is ethically based and aids in compliance with quality and safety guidelines



Essential Information: 

Course Start Date

September 2021 


Delivery Method:

Blended. Will include some attendance in GMIT for laboratory work during weekdays (subject to health and social distancing regulations)


Application Process:

Applications will be made through




Contact Us

School:                            School of Science

Department:                    Department of  Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

Head of Department:      Dr. Eugene McCarthy


Contact person for the course

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road

Phone  085 805 3691 (Mon-Fri, 9-5)


This programme is funded under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1, which  is funded by the National Training Fund.