Fundamental Analytical Techniques for Industry

A nine month distance learning course supplemented by three-days of practical for employees in food, pharmaceutical, forensics, agrochemical and analytical service industries developed in association with the Chemical Analysis Facility within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading.

The course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students on completion of the course to be able to understand the theory and practice of modern analytical techniques and effective problem solving and to think critically as part of their continuing professional development.

The Certificate in Fundamental Analytical Techniques for Industry will cover the following aspects of Analytical Chemistry:equipment

  • Accuracy, precision and data handling
  • Titration and electrochemistry
  • Advanced spectroscopic methods in infra-red, NMR, absorption and emission
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Microscopy
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Separation techniques, including LC, HPLC and GC

Who is it aimed at? equipment

Any professional analyst working in the analytical services industries, who is involved in using or developing analytical techniques who has prior knowledge of A-Level chemistry, who wishes to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to an undergraduate degree level.

This includes:

  • Analytical chemists
  • Forensic scientists 
  • Development scientists
  • Food technologists
  • Research scientists
  • Laboratory technicians

What are the benefits to employers?

Employers will benefit from a significant up-skilling of the workforce, an enhanced knowledge base and increased motivation.

What are the benefits to the participant?

On completion of the course participants will have:

  • a thorough grounding in all aspects of analytical chemistry
  • developed the skills to use modern analytical techniques
  • developed their critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • undertaken practice-based work in a broad range of industries

Who delivers the course?

The programme has been developed by staff from the University of Reading who are experts in analytical chemistry and have experience of the applications of analytical chemistry in industry.

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The course is accredited by the University of Reading, Department of Chemistry. It is equivalent to a 1st-2nd year degree level 40 credit module if completed in full and is certificated.

How is the course assessed?

The course will be assessed by a portfolio approach. You will be required to collect evidence of achievement of key learning outcomes through completion of online assessments, logs of learning and development of a project. Your portfolio must be submitted within one month of the end of the course and feedback will be given throughout the course.

Course dates

The course is held over nine months commencing in September.

Am I a suitable applicant?

In order to apply for the course, you could be employed in a role where further development of analytical skills is a must in order to provide continuous professional development or you may simply have an interest in analytical methods. equipment

You will need:

  • between two to four hours a week for independent study
  • access to a computer and the internet
For those in employment you will also need:
  • support from your manager to undertake the course
  • three days out of work for practical assessment (optional

How much does it cost?

The basic course cost is £1,000. Each optional lab day is an additional £200 (max 3).

How do I apply?

  • Complete the course application form and submit evidence to indicate how you would allocate the time for your learning.
  • Confirm that there are appropriate resources to support the course fee (£1,000 plus lab costs).
  • For those in employment you should also gain agreement and support from your manager.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Elizabeth Page
Department of Chemistry,
University of Reading,
Tel (0118) 378 8454


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Further information

Module Convenors:

Dr Elizabeth M. Page



Professor Matthew J. Almond


Main Contact: 

Dr Elizabeth M. Page

Department of Chemistry,
University of Reading,
PO Box 226,
Reading,RG6 6AD 

Tel (0118) 378 8457/4



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The course can be studied at post A-level and at degree level and will lead to a module certificate.


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