This course will develop your knowledge of the design, development, analysis and production of medicines, the drug industry and regulatory affairs. It is particularly suitable if you are keen to enter employment in areas such as pharmaceutical marketing, formulation, regulatory affairs, process development, medical statistics and clinical trial organisations. You can choose to combine your studies with training in the fundamentals of management theory (option available only for September intake), which is especially suitable to those interested in taking up management positions in relevant organisations.
What will you study?
You will have the chance to explore current trends in chemical, biological and biotechnological therapeutics, and will look at the latest technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry. You will gain an understanding of the processes used in clinical trials and in the development, manufacture and regulation of medicines. You will also develop your computing and statistical skills and other key skills, such as data collection, communication, time management, organisational and review and synopsis skills.
Exams, tests, laboratory reports, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, research project.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Modules (September start)
Statistics and Quality Systems Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines Design, Discovery and Development of Pharmaceuticals Business in Practice Project
Modules (January start)
Statistics and Formulation of Therapeutics Design, Discovery and Manufacture of Medicines Quality and Analytical Systems Drug Development and Clinical Trials Project
What this course offers you
The Pharmaceutical Science MSc course focuses on: the development, analysis and production of medicines; the drug 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.
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.
We offer a variety of projects across a number of research areas, including: medicinal chemistry – such as synthesis of anti-cancer compounds and natural products; 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.
Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships
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).
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/
A 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.
Recipient: Kingston University
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