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Instrumental Chemical Analysis M.A.Sc. or G.Dip.

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) in Instrumental Chemical Analysis and Graduate Diploma in Instrumental Chemical Analysis

Gain the theoretical understanding of how modern instruments work and the skills to operate them in this one-of-a-kind program.

Choose from a masters degree or a graduate diploma.

At Trent, you will gain depth as well as breadth in the area of instrumental chemical analysis, preparing you for the workplace. Gain extensive theoretical knowledge, hands‐on experience, and problem‐solving skills with modern instrumentation and meet the needs of employers.

The only programs of their kind in North America, Instrumental Chemical Analysis was created in response to the shortage of individuals with an appropriate mix of theoretical and practical knowledge in chemical analysis. Home to the world-renowned Water Quality Centre, Trent has a remarkable array of analytical equipment, primarily mass spectrometers, and associated sample preparation and sample introduction devices, and is perfectly positioned to offer these programs.

Masters degree: In one year, you can gain significant knowledge as well as hands-on experience in instrumental chemical analysis, and be highly employable in positions in government and industry around the world. A practicum placement in the third term provides you with the opportunity to collaborate with government, industry or another academic institution.

Graduate diploma: This eight-month course-based graduate diploma is for students who have practical experience with the operation of analytical equipment in a laboratory setting. You will build a uniform understanding of good laboratory practice, introductory service and maintenance procedures and a sound understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of modern mass spectrometric and chromatographic instruments.

Program options:

  • M.A.Sc. or Graduate Diploma
  • Full-time studies
  • Course-based program with placement

M.A.Sc. is 12 months, Graduate Diploma is 8 months to complete

Admission requirements:

  • Students admitted to either the M.A.Sc. degree or the Graduate Diploma will hold a B.Sc. honours degree in a relevant science, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics or health science
  • Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)

Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university’s own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.

Pending Ministry Approval – Start date Sept. 2018

Degree Type

  • M.Sc.
  • Diploma