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MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis

Course Description


The overall aim of the programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector, providing students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment. The aims and objectives are to:
• prepare the student to move directly into graduate level employment in the chemical / pharmaceutical industry, or in a non-chemistry related industry,
• enhance their employability skills including the ability to work in a team, written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and preparation for self-motivated lifelong learning, professional development and service to society,
• gain appropriate knowledge and subject specific practical skills to permit students to progress to either an academic research degree (PhD) or an industrial research position,
• provide a practical research training through successful completion of a substantial piece of research in pharmaceutical analysis, and
• undertake research at the forefront of the analytical sciences at an advanced level.
The programme is designed to train students in the appropriate skills for them to be able to pursue a career in chemical analysis, either in an academic or industrial context, with particular focus on pharmaceutical analysis. The course is structured in a way that will ensure hands-on experience with the majority of techniques and instrumentation used nowadays in modern analytical laboratories.The course comprises of four taught modules that cover the key aspects of Pharmaceutical Analysis, including Advanced Separation Science, Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques, Solid State Characterisation Techniques and Quality Assurance and Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry.


All students will undertake a research project supervised by an academic member of staff from either the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering or the School of Pharmacy, followed by a written dissertation and an oral presentation, while the option to carry out an industry based project will be available.


The course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis, in order to accommodate students already in employment. The full-time course will last one year and the part-time course two years.

Visit the MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2nd class honours degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or related discipline.

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