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Pharmaceutical Technology MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Pharmaceutical Technology MSc

Start date: to be confirmed.

If you would like to develop the knowledge and skill set to take on any number of roles associated with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product development then this course is ideal for you. The taught modules will give you an insight into preformulation, formulation and the regulation of medicines enabling you to take on a variety of roles within industry including marketing, sales, production, public relations, regulatory affairs, process development, medical statistics and clinical trial organisations.

What will you study?

You will learn about a broad range of formulations and pharmaceutical technologies through the use of examples and case studies along with the underpinning science. You will be given hands-on experience in a number of preformulation and formulation technologies. Clinical trials and other aspects of regulatory affairs, including those covering biotechnological products will be covered in an integrated manner. Employability has been embedded into the course and the varied assessment strategies reflect this. Our study skills centre and the use of formative (practice) assessments are intended to give you the opportunity to develop communication, computing and other key skills.


Exams, tests, laboratory reports, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


Statistics and Quality Systems
Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology
Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines
Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and Formulation

What this course offers you

The Pharmaceutical Technology course focuses on:
the analysis and production of medicines both small molecule and biopharmaceutical;
the pharmaceutical industry;
clinical trials; and
regulatory affairs.

You have the chance to study recent trends in chemical, biological and biotechnological therapeutics, coupled with the latest technologies. This is ideal if you wish to work in:
marketing, sales or public relations;
regulatory affairs;
production, process development or medical statistics; or
clinical trials.

The course also provides a good basis for a further research degree.

The independent MSc research project gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. Our students often find this an excellent selling point when looking for a job or promotion.

We offer a variety of projects across a number of research areas, including:
pharmaceutical technology – such as optimisation of tablet manufacture and formulation;
clinical pharmacy – such as pharmacovigilance, clinical trial and medicines regulations; or
some research projects in industry and research institutes.

We regularly review our courses to make sure they remain up to date and that you graduate as a marketable industry professional.

The taught courses aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

A careers and networking event at the end of the course will help you build valuable contacts.

English language requirements

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Pharmaceutical Technology MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships - 15 Awards

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have).
Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record
- Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).

Application Procedure

In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.The application must be typed and printed.The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:* 31st July for September intake
* 16th November for January intakeApplications received after this deadline can not be considered.Other scholarships for postgraduate students can be found at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships/

Further Information



Postgraduate Scholarships & Bursaries for International Students - 20+ Awards

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to 3,500


Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Application Procedure

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree in chemistry, pharmacy, life science or a related subject. Applicants with alternative qualifications will also need appropriate experience. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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