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Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Our popular and industry-relevant Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related disciplines who wish to contribute to drug development and analysis, a process which requires multidisciplinary skills.

The MSc programme in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science is taught via a combination of self-learning and short courses with practical laboratory sessions and formal assessment by coursework and examination. There are a range of optional modules to choose from in addition to the compulsory modules which all MSc students take. The programme runs for a full calendar year, starting at the beginning of October and completing at the end of September the following year. The Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science programme can also be studied part-time over a period of 2-5 years.

The School of Science has invested £0.5 million in new equipment for the new £17 million STEM teaching lab facility that this programme will be taught in.

You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and bench-p NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

The MSc Chemical Sciences programmes at Loughborough were ranked above the sector average on all 9 units of assessment in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. These programmes attract students from all over the world with students from a wide range of different countries including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India.

What you'll study

Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science comprises a broad range of modules covering the major aspects of analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.

Modules

Compulsory and optional modules are taught during two semesters (October to February and February to June) and are assessed by a combination of coursework and/or formal examinations. The Research Training Project is based either on placement in industry or with a research group in the Chemistry Department. Your research project commences in May and continues through until September.

Compulsory:

  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Separation Techniques (15 credits)
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis (15 credits)
  • Professional Skills and Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Optional:

  • Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques (15 credits)
  • Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis (15 credits)
  • Sensors (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Analytical Science (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry (15 credits)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Chemistry is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc provides training which is highly relevant to the pharmaceutical industry, and is highly transferable outside this area. Graduates from this programme have progressed to careers in a range of industries, or go on to further study.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Alliance Boots, Process Technologist
  • British Gypsum, Project Technologist
  • CRF Health, Project Assistant
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Analytical Scientist
  • Institute of Quality Inspection & Technical Research – China, Analyst
  • King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, Research Associate
  • Minerva Scientific, Senior Analyst
  • Nemaura Pharma Ltd, Development Scientist
  • Quotient Clinical, Manufacturing Scientist
  • Reckitt Benckiser, Analytical Assistant
  • University of Cambridge, Scientific Officer

Your personal development

Our Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc programme comprises a broad range of modules covering the major aspects of analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.


Visit the Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc/Diploma/Certificate page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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