Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This modular Postgraduate Diploma delivers comprehensive training in analytical chemistry, with a specialist module in clinical analysis. 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.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates can pursue careers in the health sector, toxicology, pharmaceuticals, academia and manufacturing. Possible professions include analytical chemist, research scientist (physical sciences), or scientific laboratory technician. This degree can also be useful in becoming a forensic scientist, chemical engineer, or pharmacologist.

Start Date:

2 evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,300 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,300 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £10,150 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £3,150 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £3,150 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £5,075 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course Specific Entry Requirements: Students need good honours degree in a scientific subject. Less-qualified students may be accepted, if they have appropriate work experience. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.