Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Analytical Chemistry
Award Title

Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time : 1 year
Part-time : 2 years

Program Fee


Program Advisor

Program Director:

Prof Ian Duncan WILLIAMS, Professor of Chemistry


The MSc program aims to prepare BSc graduates for employment and a career in analytical laboratories. This ranges from materials and forensic testing to environmental sampling and food quality control. The application of modern analysis techniques to real work problems as well as physical principles underlying such methods will be covered. In addition to core and elective lecture modules, the program also includes laboratory and project based practical courses, providing extensive hands-on experience. The program may also be used as a stepping stone to a research postgraduate degree.


The MSc program has been recognized by the University Grants Council as one of the targeted programs of the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programs Fellowships Scheme. Currently, through this scheme local applicants may be eligible to cap their tuition at HK$42,100 (prevailing rate of the UGC-funded programmes). Local applicants should enquire the availability of such fellowship upon application.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the working principles and application of a wide range of modern analytical techniques to diverse fields from forensics and pharmaceuticals to the environmental and materials sciences;
  2. Solve practical analytical problems by selection of the most appropriate available technique and either adapt or extend existing methodologies to new systems, obtaining reliable results, through appropriate calibration and data processing;
  3. Critically analyze scientific data, correctly handling experimental errors and distinguishing the precision (reproducibility) and accuracy (correctness) of analytical data, and identifying possible sources of systematic error, such as interferences; and
  4. Execute modern laboratory best practices, with a view to emphasizing safety, minimizing hazardous waste, and incorporating risk assessment exercises for projects and individual experiments, and, where appropriate, identify legal issues and comply with any relevant regulations.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Core Courses  

    15 credits

CHMS 5010
CHMS 5020
CHMS 5030
CHMS 5040
CHMS 5050


  1. Elective Courses

    6 - 12 credits

CHMS 5111
CHMS 5112
CHMS 5120
CHMS 5130
CHMS 5140


Not all elective courses are offered every year. A list of electives offered in a particular year will be announced at the beginning of each intake.


Substitution of other courses for electives may be allowed upon the approval of the Program Director and the course instructor.


  1. Experimental / Practical Courses

    3 - 9 credits 

    All students must take the compulsory laboratoy course CHMS 5201.

CHMS 5201
CHMS 5202
CHMS 6980


  1. Remarks

    Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.


Last update: 20 May 2021

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80 *

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5 *

* Refers to scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  •     A bachelor's degree with second class honors in Chemistry or a related area
4. Additional Information

Integrated Bachelor-Master Pathway

  • Only for HKUST BSc in Chemistry students in Year 3 or above. Admissions are merit-based and decided on individual basis.
  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer for admission to MSc(ANCHEM) and need to pay a deposit at the prevailing deposit rate.
  • They will be allowed to start taking MSc(ANCHEM) courses in their final year of undergraduate study, and will enter the MSc(ANCHEM) Program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon entering MSc(ANCHEM), they can transfer up to 9 credits taken during the undergraduate study to fulfill the MSc(ANCHEM) program requirements. They will pay tuition fee for the remaining credits on a pro-rata basis, with a minimum payment for 21 credits.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


The program has been selected by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to award eligible students for Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. For details, please refer to



Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Jun 2024
Part-time: 1 Jun 2024

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2024
Part-time: 15 Jul 2024


For 2023/24 Spring Term Intake (commencing in Jan 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Nov 2023
Part-time: 1 Nov 2023

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Dec 2023
Part-time: 15 Dec 2023

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.