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Course content

Why this course?

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.

You’ll study

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.

Facilities

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:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Ultra-Violet (UV)
  • Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR_FTIR)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Liquid Chromatograph/Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/GC-MS)

Learning & teaching

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

Assessment is through written and practical examinations and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).

Careers

Many of our graduates obtain positions in the pharmaceutical & chemical industries and some have continued into PhD research.

Previous graduates of the course include:

  • a number of world-renowned academics
  • the current Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • the previous Head of the European Pharmacopoeia Laboratory based in Strasbourg

Where are they now?

88.9% of our graduates are in work or further study.**

Job titles include:

  • Analyst of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Analytical Assistant
  • Lab Scientist

Employers include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ministry of Health
  • Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare Ltd

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12)


Visit the Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

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