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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course Content

Course content

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.

Key benefits

  • We are ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • Well-equipped laboratories give you lots of 'hands-on' time for a range of modern techniques and instruments.
  • Located in the centre of London in an institute that is renowned for its international research profile.
  • You will learn about Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC) and regulatory affairs, which are crucial when working in industry.
  • Opportunity to undertake an extended project of your choosing in the labs of internationally-rated scientists.


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.

Course format and assessment


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:

  • Lectures: approximately 160 hours
  • Lab classes/tutorials: approximately 160 hours
  • Research project module: six months
  • Self-study time: Approximately 40 hours per week

Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.


We will assess you through a variety of methods;

  • Written exam
  • Lab assessment
  • Research project

 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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

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.

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