The Masters (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Analysis at Queen's University Belfast is taught jointly between the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Pharmacy by leading experts in the field.
The overall aim of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector. We provide students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment.
You will also receive hands-on training on state-of-the-art separation techniques, such as HPLC/MS and GC/MS, in the purpose-built Pharmaceutical Analysis lab designed in partnership with Agilent, a world-leading instrument manufacturer.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector, providing students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment. The aims and objectives are to:
• prepare the student to move directly into graduate level employment in the chemical / pharmaceutical industry, or in a non-chemistry related industry,
• enhance their employability skills including the ability to work in a team, written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and preparation for self-motivated lifelong learning, professional development and service to society,
• gain appropriate knowledge and subject specific practical skills to permit students to progress to either an academic research degree (PhD) or an industrial research position,
• provide a practical research training through successful completion of a substantial piece of research in pharmaceutical analysis, and
• undertake research at the forefront of the analytical sciences at an advanced level.
The programme is designed to train students in the appropriate skills for them to be able to pursue a career in chemical analysis, either in an academic or industrial context, with particular focus on pharmaceutical analysis. The course is structured in a way that will ensure hands-on experience with the majority of techniques and instrumentation used nowadays in modern analytical laboratories.The course comprises of four taught modules that cover the key aspects of Pharmaceutical Analysis, including Advanced Separation Science, Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques, Solid State Characterisation Techniques and Quality Assurance and Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
All students will undertake a research project supervised by an academic member of staff from either the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering or the School of Pharmacy, followed by a written dissertation and an oral presentation, while the option to carry out an industry based project will be available.
The course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis, in order to accommodate students already in employment. The full-time course will last one year and the part-time course two years.
This MRes Pharmaceutical Analysis course enables you to develop and further your knowledge of pharmaceutical and chemical analysis, with a carefully put together range of core modules. You can expand your interests by selecting a pharmaceutical analysis led research project within one of the diverse range of internationally recognised pharmaceutical analysis research groups (alongside PhD students and post doctoral research fellows).
We have links scientists from AstraZeneca and Vectura deliver some of the module content relevant to their workplace. Other guest lecturers from a variety of other companies and universities also present their research.
This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Our Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Control MSc will enable you to develop your expertise in the quality assurance and quality control of products as molecular entities. The programme has a strong scientific approach, and we have specifically designed it to improve the skills of pharmacists and other chemical graduates. You will have the opportunity to work with leading experts on projects in our research-focused labs, where you will gain hands-on experience with the latest techniques and instruments.
This course will allow you to study the science and application of modern and traditional techniques for analysis of pharmaceutical products at an advanced level. We will give you the knowledge and expertise to assist in the discovery and development of better medicines and to provide regulatory data to ensure product integrity. You will study the scientific principles underlying quality control for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, health service, research institutes or regulatory authorities.
You will be taught by and work alongside scientists who are experts in the field and who work in an internationally leading team. Your study time will be as follows:
Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.
We will assess you through a variety of methods;
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, this may change if the course modules change.
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Some of our recent graduates have gone on to study for a PhD. Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they developed with us to work in R&D laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry (including Pfizer, GSK and Novartis) or to positions with regulatory agencies. Our overseas students have taken up similar positions in their home countries.
Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to develop methods to determine the levels of active ingredients and contaminants in pharmaceutical preparations.
You learn the skills of an analyst and become familiar with the principles of modern instrumental analytical techniques, analytical methods and statistics. You learn how to conduct your tests according to regulations which demand that you work under a strict quality assurance and quality control regime.
Because we have designed the course in close consultation with the pharmaceutical industry, your training is excellent preparation for a career in the industry. In addition to giving input on course structure, industrial practitioners deliver lectures on a variety of topics which relate to industry. You can take modules individually for continuing professional development.
Your laboratory work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which are extensively equipped with the latest models of analytical instruments such as HPLCs and GCs. We also have excellent research facilities where you have access to more sophisticated equipment, such as NMR and a suite of various types of mass spectrometers, which are used in taught modules and research projects.
As a student, you
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
Mostly by coursework including
Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.
You improve your career prospects in areas such as • pharmaceutical research and drug development • medical research in universities and hospitals • care products • biotechnology companies • government research agencies.
It also offers you the training and knowledge to go on to research at PhD level in pharmacology, biotechnology pharmaceutical and analytical science.
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This course gives you specialised knowledge of the analytical techniques used to detect, identify and quantitatively determine drugs and related substances.You’re introduced to techniques for evaluating analytical data and validating analytical methods. You’ll also examine strategies for analytical research and development.
You’ll gain practical experience in a wide range of modern instrumentation and techniques.
The course consists of four theory and two practical modules running between October and April followed by examinations.
If you pass all exams and wish to proceed to MSc then you’ll undertake a 10-week research project. This will be in the University or at an external company or organisation. You’ll submit a thesis at the end of August.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with the latest equipment.
The course has access to the full range of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation including:
The course is taught by experts based in SIPBS. There’s also specialised lectures from visiting professors and world-renowned scientists who are working in the pharmaceutical and analytical industries and legislative bodies, including the European Pharmacopoeia.
Teaching of theory and applications is through lectures, tutorials and web-based learning. The material is further reinforced with practical sessions which provide you with hands-on experience with a wide range of modern instrumental techniques.
Assessment is through written and practical examinations and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).
Many of our graduates obtain positions in the pharmaceutical & chemical industries and some have continued into PhD research.
Previous graduates of the course include:
88.9% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Job titles include:
**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12)
This programme is unique as it combines the study of pharmaceutical technology, including pharmaceutical sciences, and medicines control.
It has been designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical knowledge of sciences that are related to disciplines in pharmaceutical sciences, and give you the skills you need for laboratory work in this area.
These disciplines include the development of pharmaceutical formulation, with particular emphasis on the technology used in the pharmaceutical process and the development and production of medicines. This focus leads to an emphasis on the processes and procedures for clinical trials that are needed for licensing and regulation.
Medicines control is an important element of this programme. It encompasses drug regulations, drug licensing, drug testing, and safety. You will learn about the key processes involved in structured enforcement and inspection standards through the application of quality assurance. You will also gain knowledge and develop skills related to pharmaceutical supply chains and pharmacovigilance, including the safe and proper use of medicines.
You'll also have opportunities for hands-on experience in applying analytical and characterisation techniques such as liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) combined with tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) detection, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and near-infrared (NIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy.
The programme structure is modular and the taught components run over two semesters (September to January then late-January to May), with the research project taking place between May and August.
In the first semester you will take three core modules worth 60 credits. In the second semester you will take two core modules (which constitute 40 credits) and you will have the choice of two option modules (worth a further 20 credits). The research project is worth 60 credits.
A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to engage you in developing your subject knowledge and understanding including:
The programme will progress from structured learning led by lectures and practicals, through to more seminar-based learning and to the individual research-based dissertation and project.
Different methods of assessment will be used as appropriate to the learning outcomes, including written examinations, oral presentations, experimental coursework reports, and, most importantly, an MSc dissertation.
You will have access to sophisticated state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for practical classes and MSc projects. These include:
Graduates from our MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Medicines Control programme progress into PhD research and employment in the pharmaceutical industry in various areas such as formulation and drug development, manufacture and production, pharmaceutical analysis, quality assurance and quality control.
The programme enhances graduate employment prospects, and opens up opportunities in government regulatory agencies, drug procurement and distribution centres.
Recent graduates have secured positions such as:
Awarded studentships from universities in the UK to undertake PhD studies:
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.
We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.
Our support services include:
We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.
Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.
The MSc Pharmaceutical Science programme was developed in response to the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.
The programme will generate graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, allowing students to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical science from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture and including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.
Delivery on this programme involves a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises. Many of the lectures on this programme are delivered by leading industrial experts. Problem-based learning and case studies will provide students with experience of team-working that simulates an industrial setting. Students will develop team-working, critical thinking and analytical problem solving abilities which are important in the modern pharmaceutical industry.
The main part of the programme is a research project that runs over the whole academic year and gives students the opportunity to work with modern research equipment to carry out novel research. Project work will help students enhance practical skills, analytical thinking, time management, communication skills and independence.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.
Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or industries manufacturing other health care products.
Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances.
The course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.
The course provides two routes, leading to a named award in Pharmaceutical Science, appropriate for students already in, or planning a career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession. The other route option is:
Your modules will include:
The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the basic principles of Pharmaceutical Science and will equip you with the skills necessary for successful postgraduate study.
Pharmaceutical science is well established at Wolverhampton and benefits from a long tradition of teaching and research in the chemical and biological sciences.
This course gives students an excellent opportunity to study core science as well as the modern developments that are occurring at the boundaries between biology, chemistry and clinical practice.
The Pharmaceutical Science course is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable as a pharmaceutical scientist, enabling you to specialize in the key area of drug discovery and design.
Specialist modules offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge in key and emerging areas of Pharmaceutical Science, focusing on drug discovery and design.
Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances. The course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.
The course provides two routes, leading to a named award in Pharmaceutical Science, appropriate for students already in, or planning a career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession. The route options are:
Your modules will include:
The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the basic principles of Pharmaceutical Science and will equip you with the skills necessary for successful postgraduate study. Pharmaceutical science is well established at Wolverhampton and benefits from a long tradition of teaching and research in the chemical and biological sciences. This course gives students an excellent opportunity to study core science as well as the modern developments that are occurring at the boundaries between biology, chemistry and clinical practice.
The Pharmaceutical Science course is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable as a pharmaceutical scientist, enabling you to specialize in the key area of pharmacological sciences.
Specialist modules offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge in key and emerging areas of Pharmaceutical Science, focussing on Pharmacological Sciences.