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Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc

This course enables you to gain a recognised qualification that will further your career in the pharmaceutical industry or public services, while also providing an excellent foundation for a further research degree. You will gain a strong background in the theory of analytical techniques used in pharmaceutical science and how to apply them to complex problems in an industrially relevant context.

This course provides exemption from Part A of the Mastership in Chemical Analysis, the statutory qualification for a public analyst.

What will you study?

You will gain key skills in the specialised area of pharmaceutical analysis, including good measurement and scientific practice, evaluation and interpretation of data, and other professional and organisational skills. In addition to studying core analytical techniques and their applications, you will be introduced to various pharmaceutical technologies, for example, formulations and topics such as clinical pharmacokinetics.

You may be offered a placement within industry (depending on your results and project availability), where you will carry out your independent research project.


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

Course structure

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


Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy
Separation Science
Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology
Statistics and Quality Systems

What this course offers you

The Pharmaceutical Analysis course gives you a strong background in the theory of analytical techniques. You learn how to apply these techniques to complex analytical problems.

You also have the chance to study recent trends in analytical science and the latest analytical techniques.

By choosing the Management Studies pathway, it will help to set your scientific knowledge in a vocational context. This makes it ideal if you want to work in a management position within the pharmaceutical and allied industries.

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.

You can choose to take it in industry or as collaborative research with other laboratories. For example, past projects have looked at:
determining caffeine and its metabolites in human serum samples using GC-MS;
the characterisation of sol-gel films as a potential matrix to design an optical biosensor device; and
synthesis and use of compounds as probes for biochemical reactions.

Visiting speakers and industrial visits support the course and help you contextualise your studies.

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.

The knowledge and skills you gain will allow you to pursue a career in analytical science in a variety of industries or the public sector.

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

We offer flexible timetables and part-time options to help you fit your studies around other commitments. If you are working in industry and want to brush up in a particular analytical area, you can even take individual modules on a stand-alone basis.

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 Analysis MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ali Athab Alkinani

"I chose this course because it is very competitive and full of challenges. I believe it is one of the best courses in pharmaceutical analysis in the UK.

"The staff reputation is another reason that encouraged me to choose the course, and it was also recommended by a friend who had finished his MSc and PhD at Kingston University.

"The knowledge that I've gained from the course, the great experiences that I've had, the wonderful staff that I've met with – have all been good. The lovely friends that I've made, from all different backgrounds, made it one of the most enjoyable courses that I've ever studied on.

"The teaching of the course was great. I learnt a lot here – the teaching was challenging, I really enjoyed the lectures, and the staff were more than magnificent."


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

A good honours degree in chemistry, pharmacy, life science or a related subject. Applicants with alternative qualifications will also need appropriate experience in analysis.

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