Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis M.ICA
Applications now open for September 2023 intake. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2023.
Gain the theoretical understanding of how modern instruments work and the skills to operate them in this one-of-a-kind program.
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.
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.
- Full-time studies
- Course-based program with placement
- M.ICA is 12 months
- September intake only
- For other program options, please see G.DIP
- Students admitted to either the M.ICA degree or the Graduate Diploma will hold a B.Sc. honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's 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)
A GRE test score is not required for admission into this program
Post-secondary transcripts and graduation certificates (where applicable) of all previous undergraduate and graduate work are required. This includes transcripts for courses taken on a Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program. Transcripts must show all course work completed and grades received. If applicable, evidence of degree completion is required. Transcript must include a grading scale or transcript legend.
Please note: Transcripts are not required to be official and final when applying to the School of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts are only required to be submitted if an applicant receives an offer of admission.
Previous or current Trent University students do not need to submit a transcript for degree and course work completed at Trent University. Transcripts must be submitted for any course work completed at another institution – i.e.) study abroad, letter of permission, transfer credit.
International Applicants: the verification services of an organization such as WES are not required unless requested by the School of Graduate Studies after a review of complete applications.
Two Letters of Reference
Academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting. The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.
For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications.
Plan of Study
Typically 1-2 pages, outlining applicant's objectives in a graduate program. Any specific research interests (if known), relevant experiences, and/or career aspirations can be included as an optional document to include. Template
Detailed Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate) will be requested, only if an offer of admission is made.
A deposit is required upon acceptance of an offer to hold your place in the program. Refer to your letter of offer to confirm the amount of the deposit.
Program contact information:
For any program specific inquiries or current application status, please contact the program directly:
ICAN 5001 Principles of Mass Spectrometry
ICAN 5002 Advanced Analytical Separation Techniques
ICAN 5003 Accreditation and Quality Management Systems in Chemical Testing Laboratory
ICAN 5004 Quality Control and Data Processing/Manipulation
ICAN 5005 Instrument Maintenance and Repair*
ICAN 5110 Troubleshooting Analytical Methods and Instruments*
ICAN 5111 Project Planning for Practicum
ICAN 5120 Sample Preparation
ICAN 5121 Advanced Spectrometry: ICP-MS and LC-MS-MS
ICAN 5122 Other Analytical Methods Overview
ICAN 5200 Practicum