Analytical Chemistry – Field of study catalogue MU
“Analytical chemistry is a scientific discipline that develops and applies methods, instruments and strategies to gathering information on the composition and nature of matter in space and time.”
The aim of the two-year Master's study programme of Analytical Chemistry is to prepare professionals with a high level of knowledge of classical and modern methods of chemical analyses and advanced laboratory skills. Education in this field builds on theoretical knowledge of chemical disciplines and practical laboratory skills acquired during a Bachelor's degree study in the field of general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. On this basis, courses of the study programme are developed, focusing on classical and modern methods of analytical chemistry and on the treatment and analysis of various materials according to the principles of good laboratory practice. Students acquire knowledge by studying courses in the field of inorganic and organic analysis, analytical separation methods, analytical atomic spectrometry, analytical molecular spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electroanalytical methods, trace analysis, speciation analysis, bioanalytical and clinical diagnostic methods, chemical sensors, chemical structures, nuclear chemistry, the direct analysis of solids, plasma spectrometry and lasers. Supporting disciplines such as: computer technology, metrology, chemometrics, optimization and evaluation of analytical methods, including data processing, are developed. In addition to theoretical knowledge, practical knowledge of modern analytical methods is deepened by completing advanced laboratory classes of instrumental analysis. Graduates are prepared for an independent research activity and to work in operational laboratories.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- acquire orientation in modern advanced spectrometric, separation and electrochemical methods of chemical analysis and to develop new analytical methods and apply them to specific tasks
- acquire knowledge and skills in the use of analytical instruments, statistical treatment of results, preparation of analytical reports and research reports
- use experience and theoretical knowledge in fulfilling variable requirements in practice
- safely handle chemical compounds and explain and supervise their usage among chemists and non-chemists
- show awareness of environmental aspects of chemical research and production
- understand and follow ethical guidelines of scientific work
- take responsibility for the laboratory instruments and equipment operation
Graduates of the study programme Analytical Chemistry can find jobs in all areas of work where university education in analytical chemistry is required. Graduates are prepared for doctoral study at our or foreign universities. Namely, graduates are capable of autonomous and management work in research, development and in private and state analytical laboratories (healthcare, agriculture, food processing, environment/ecology, etc.). They can find jobs in analytical centres, control analytical laboratories in metallurgy and machinery production, in chemical industry, controlling the development and production of advanced materials for electronics, in companies aimed at geological survey of natural resources as well as in Czech Geological Survey, in glass and ceramics industry, clinical laboratories, in laboratories of the National Institute of Public Health, in agricultural enterprises, in laboratories of Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection, in Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, laboratories of State Veterinary Administration, in food and pharmaceutical laboratories, in environment protection, in water management laboratories, in institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, etc. Frequently, graduates successfully work as experts, consultants, service technicians, sales managers and executive managers or business owners in companies dealing with production and sale of laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Graduates of analytical chemistry are prepared for professional career in their specialization, but they can also work in some other branches, where university education in analytical chemistry is needed.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, the student must obtain a total of 120 credits for required, selective and elective courses. Required courses and their links are listed in the recommended study plan in the Course Catalogue of chemistry programmes for a given academic year: http://www.sci.muni.cz/katalog/. Required courses include a specialized seminar and Master's Thesis Writing course. Optional courses are all subjects which are taught at the Faculty of Science or other faculties of Masaryk University in a given period and whose registration is allowed for the students of the Master's study programme Analytical Chemistry. The selection of optional courses is determined by the obligation to earn a minimum of 112 credits for courses in natural sciences, mathematics or computer science, including at least 100 credits for courses in the field of chemical sciences. Optional courses particularly suitable for a Master's study programme in chemistry are listed in the Recommended Study Plan as recommended optionals. The completion of required courses is usually based upon an examination in case of lectures, a graded credit (practicals) and an ungraded credit for attending a seminar. Students are given several alternatives of how to complete optional courses.
During the course of their studies students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. They can access the Course Catalogues through the faculty website.
Practical training in a laboratory is accomplished outside the Faculty of Science, according to the Course Catalogue.
Before the date of the Master's final state examination students are obliged to enrol and successfully complete all the required courses that are in the study programme, while respecting the mandatory set continuity: 1) obtaining 8 credits for a specialized seminar at the department of a supervisor; 2) obtaining 120 credits for required and selective courses during the whole study; 3) working on a thesis on an specified topic; 4) successfully completing all parts of the Master's final state examination. Information about the final state examination is available at http://ustavchemie.sci.muni.cz/.
Students can continue their study in a doctoral study programme of Chemistry.