Analytical Science (Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety)

Robert Gordon University


This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in food analysis, authenticity and safety. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field.

Stage 1:
This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Environmental Analysis, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Analytical Science (Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

Stage 2:
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2.

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Analytical Science (Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

Stage 3:
The final semester is devoted entirely to the MSc project work. By consolidating your knowledge and skills you will engage effectively in a research project for which you will quickly assume responsibility and grow in confidence.

Our close links with employers and external bodies ensure that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required of a modern instrumental analyst.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject area and to include Chemistry including (but not restricted to) Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Life Sciences.

Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

SCQF Level