Analytical Chemistry

Do you want to provide safer foods, harmless pharmaceuticals or a cleaner environment? An M.Sc. in chemistry with a specialisation in analytical chemistry equips you to determine the exact contents of any substance through a combination of chemical insights, instrument management and data treatment.

This is central to any production of chemical compounds but is also a tool for research into plant breeding, foods, biotechnology, catalysis, petrochemistry, and environmental chemistry. Graduates with a specialization in analytical chemistry are in demand in research, at industrial production industries from energy over foods and pharmaceuticals to biotech and at environmental consultancies.

Who can apply: If you have a bachelor degree with at least 60 ECTS points in chemistry you can apply for a Master Programme in Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.

All chemistry master degree courses at the UCPH are taught in English.


With a specialization in analytical chemistry you will be trained to choose the appropriate instrumentation, methods for sample preparation and handling and to determine sources of error in industrial analysis laboratories. Sound decision-making relies on high quality measurements and data interpretation, and you will be trained to validate and quality assure analytical methods. Denmark has one of the highest ratios of advanced scientific instruments to population, so jobs are plentiful in research, industry, biotech and consultancy.


The specialisation in Analytical Chemistry is set at 120 ECTS credits and consists of the following:

  • Compulsory subject elements, 30 ECTS credits.
  • Elective subject elements, 30 ECTS credits.
  • Thesis, 60 ECTS credits.

Regarding the elective courses, most students choose chemistry courses – but if you have special interests you may choose freely from the entire curriculum of University of Copenhagen, provided you obtain advance approval for your course of choice.

The specialisation in Analytical Chemistry looks like this

As a chemistry MSc graduate with a specialisation in Analytical Chemistry you will gain knowledge of:

  • Sampling theory and sample preparation methods, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopic methods.
  • Practical use of advanced analytical techniques for analysis of gas, liquid and solid samples.
  • Quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses.
  • Method development, validation and quality control of chemical analyses.

Furthermore, you will be able to:

  • Plan sampling experiments and analyse the results.
  • Plan, perform and optimize sample preparation for organic compounds and elements in simple and complex matrices.
  • Develop and apply methods for separating chemical compounds in mixtures using chromatography and related methods.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis of organic compounds and elements in gas, liquid and solid matrices.
  • Apply solid data processing and evaluation of analytical data.
  • Critically assess reported analytical chemistry research including chromatographic, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy research.
  • Select a suitable analytical platform for the separation, detection and quantification of analytes from complex matrices on the basis of chemical properties of the analyte and knowledge of the matrix.

You will also obtain skills to:

  • Critically read papers in current international advanced analytical and physical chemistry journals.
  • Plan and perform sampling, sample preparation of complex matrices, chemical analysis of simple and complex mixtures of chemicals and elements using modern analytical chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy methods , data analysis for qualitative (identification) and quantitative (concentration measurements) analysis.
  • Be able to develop, validate and quality assure new analytical methods.