Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (BSc Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    CR 340

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

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Work Placement

A mandatory work placement of a minimum of 10 weeks takes place in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Any of the Science subjects are helpful but especially Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.

Course summary

Module delivery is usually by means of formal lectures and practical sessions, with almost half of the working week spent in the laboratory.


Physical Sciences

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What is Analytical Chemistry?

The equipment of everyday life is made from raw materials. Chemists analyse and understand everyday materials to determine efficient and safe ways of transforming them into useful products, develop new products and materials, and monitor production processes to ensure the quality of finished products.


Analytical Chemistry is the speciality dealing with devising, selecting, and using methods for determining the identity and quantity of chemical composition of samples such as drugs, medicines, food and beverage, water, air etc. These have key components that are present at very low levels or concentrations, and many sophisticated techniques have been developed for their detection and analysis.


About the Course

CR340 Course Location: MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus


The BSc (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (ACQUA) prepares students for laboratory careers in the pharmachemical industries. Graduates identify and solve analytical problems by the selection and use of a wide range of methods and techniques – from the mainstream areas of spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry, to more specialised areas such as particle size analysis or immunoassay techniques.


The Honours BSc ACQUA also focuses on quality assurance, which is of vital importance to the pharmaceutical, chemical and allied industries. The course is examined using a combination of continuous assessment of both theory and practical work, and end of year examinations. 


Work Placement

A mandatory work placement of a minimum of 10 weeks takes place in Year 3.


Professional Recognition

The Honours BSc ACQUA is recognised by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland for membership (MICI); graduates are also eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).



After obtaining the Honours Degree (Level 8) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance, graduates may apply for a 2 year, full time, postgraduate study in Initial Teacher Education (120 ECTS credits). On completion, graduates are eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.


Further Studies

Graduates of the Honours BSc ACQUA programme are highly regarded and sought after by the regional BioPharmaChem industry. Suitably qualified graduates (1H) can continue to further postgraduate research study with a number of research groups associated with the Department of Physical Sciences in areas such as Mass Spectrometry Analysis , Chemical Analysis at Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis  or progress to research centres elsewhere.  Such Graduates will be eligible for consideration for a limited number of Postgraduate Research RÍSAM Scholarships offered by MTU Cork each year.


Question Time

If I didn’t study Chemistry for the Leaving Certificate, am I at a disadvantage?
No – the fundamentals of the three Leaving Certificate science subjects are delivered during the first semester, with chemistry being further developed as the course progresses.


What is the difference between CR 340 and CR 007?
Students commencing on the CR 007 route will have completed the ordinary BSc Degree in 3 years, while those starting on CR 340 will take 4 years to complete the Honours BSc Degree, with significant additional material being delivered in the fourth year to achieve the higher level award.


What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Numeracy, accuracy, precision; good practical and manipulative skills; an analytical approach to problem-solving, i.e. the ability to relate a numerical answer to the physical reality that it represents. 

Good communication skills are also important. Graduates of this programme typically are employed as part of a team in global BioPharmaChem companies and must work effectively with colleagues from a  wide range of disciplines. 


Graduate Profiles

 John O'Sullivan
PhD Student

The practical chemistry laboratories were very ‘hands-on’ and I found the lecturers very helpful and approachable. In 3rd year I did my work placement in a pharmaceutical company in the Cork region which gave me valuable experience of both Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and regulatory Quality compliance in industry. I successfully completed my Level 8 BSc (Hons) and was awarded with first class honours.


I completed an MSc in Molecular Biology (UCC). The methodology, statistical calculations, trouble-shooting and analytical expertise I've gained by completing my Chemistry degree at CIT was extremely relevant to my Master's project as these skills are very important in all aspects of science.

The CIT Chemistry programme has equipped me with the skills and has given me the confidence necessary to carry out successful research. Due to my high BSc (Hons) grade, I was the chosen candidate for a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) PhD scholarship in Bio-photonics in DCU.


I would advise anyone who has an interest in working in the BioPharmaceutical sector or in academic research to consider studying the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance in the Department of Physical Sciences at CIT.




Dr Brendan Healy
Analytical Chemist

“After graduation, I qualified for a research grant and joined the chemistry research group at CIT to start my PhD research in freshwater and marine natural toxins.


On completion of the PhD, I began work as an Analytical Chemist in the Quality Assurance Department at Pfizer. This role involved validation and transfer of analytical methods, analytical support for production and QC, troubleshooting, method development, cleaning validation, regulatory support for new product submissions, technical writing, etc. I had encountered many of these topics during both my BSc and PhD studies.”


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry & Quality Assurance

The chemical industry has many facets: production, research, product development, problem-solving, analysis, quality assurance, environmental monitoring, marketing and sales. These courses prepare students for careers in a major growth area of strategic importance to industrial development both in Ireland and abroad. Prospective students should be aware that the chemical industry offers well-paid secure employment in a wide range of career options, and has a high and growing demand for chemistry graduates.


A period of work experience in industry at the end of the third year gives students a broader perspective of the industry and its role. Holders of the degree have become senior technicians, analysts, laboratory managers, quality control supervisors. Some have progressed into company management positions over the years, and some have started and managed their own companies.
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance prepares students for laboratory careers in the pharmachem industries. Graduates identify and solve analytical problems by the selection and use of a wide range of methods and techniques – from the mainstream areas of spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry, to more specialised areas such as particle size analysis or immunoassay techniques.


The BSc ACQUA additionally focuses on quality assurance, which is of vital importance to the pharmaceutical, chemical and allied industries. Graduates are prepared for laboratory careers in the
pharmachem industries and are qualified in areas such as Quality Standards, Good Manufacturing Practice, Total Quality Management, and Regulatory Compliance. They may take up leadership roles in areas such as method design and implementation, process validation, and management of quality systems.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • BioPharma Laboratory Analyst
  • Quality management and Regulatory Compliance 
  • Pharmaceutical and Chemical Research
  • Chemistry Teaching
  • Environmental Testing & Analysis

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 251

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Mary Lehane
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Ms Mary Phelan, Secretary, Department of Physical Sciences.
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