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Higher Diploma in Advanced Analytical Chemistry - SPRINGBOARD

Discipline: Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Full time

Entry Requirements: Honours Degree (Level 8) in any discipline

Places: 16

Why Study?

This course is a conversion course to gain the skills required to work in analytical science in e.g. pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical industries.

It will provide learners with hands-on experience of instrumentation.

The course deals with creating and processing analytical data including the integration of analysis within quality management systems and the statistical treatment of analytical results.

Students will have six hours of practical class time and six hours of online learning per week.

In addition, students will complete a work-based project.

Programme Modules

Term 1:

  • Metrology, Standards and Quality (5 ECTS): Students will gain an understanding of the science behind calibration and measurement. At the end of this module, students should understand how calibration and standards allow analytical science to meet quality standards.
  • Spectroscopy (10 ECTS) will examine the applications and limits of various spectroscopic techniques. Practical classes will include the use of instrumentation as well as sample preparation techniques.
  • Chromatography (10 ECTS) will cover the science of separation and its application in providing quantitative and qualitative analysis of samples which are important in a range of manufacturing processes. Practical classes will include hands on investigation of different chromatographic systems (GC, HPLC, IC).


Term 2:

  • Analytical Techniques (10 ECTS) will build on spectroscopy and chromatography to include mass spectrometry. In addition, students will integrate their practical skills with the use of software to process and report analytical findings.
  • Validation (10 ECTS) will cover regulatory requirements to operate analytical instrumentation in accordance with different regulatory and quality frameworks.
  • Statistical Methods and Uncertainty (5 ECTS) will integrate the understanding of the results of the analytical techniques, explored with the statistical analysis required to report meaningful and reliable results.
  • Project (10 ECTS): Students will complete a work-based project giving them a chance to apply their learning from the other modules.

Essential Information: 


600 Euros (10%) for employed applicants, no fees for unemployed applicants.


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Graduate and Professional Development
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology | Galway Campus | Dublin Rd. | Galway | Ireland

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