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Instrumental Analytical Sciences Drug Analysis and Toxicology (MSc)

Course Description

This course is designed for scientists who wish to develop their skills in Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

The involvement of industry in the design of the course and an industry-based project (limited number and subject to availability), maximise employment prospects. Students on the MSc Instrumental Analytical Science Drug Analysis and Toxicology course will benefit from the use of modern analytical equipment, study visits, guest lecturers and workshops. Research activities within the University underpin the coursework.

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/sports-biomedical-and-laboratory-sciences/study-options/postgraduate/ias-drug-analysis-and-toxicology-ft

All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

What you will study

Semester 1
•Professional Skills & Techniques
•Separation, Electroanalysis and Microscopy
•Laboratory Work

Semester 2
•Drug Analysis and Toxicology
•Contemporary Techniques/Analytical Problem Solving
•Project Preparation

Semester 3
•MSc Research Project

Award: MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences Drug Analysis and Toxicology

How you will learn

The course is assessed by a number of different module specific methods, ranging from exams, coursework, presentation, Thesis compilation and oral defence.

Placements and accreditations

The MSc was designed in liaison with Industry and as such there is a strong emphasis on the applied analytical techniques used within the analytical sector.

A limited number of our MSc research projects are undertaken externally.


Industrial demand for graduates from the course is consistently high. The MSc project also allows you to make invaluable links with our industrial partners. You may also want to consider a research post or other training opportunities in universities. Previous posts taken up by graduates include: analytical chemist; bioanalyst; development chemist; production chemist; environmental officer; research scientist; scientific officer; applications chemist; and drug development analyst.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Visit the Instrumental Analytical Sciences Drug Analysis and Toxicology (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pritesh Bhalgat

I found the course really enjoyable and, in particular, the research project over this two and half months in a good friendly laboratory, dealing with new techniques like NMR, MS, FTIR etc and constant support from staff.

All this experience in the lab will really help me for my future job.


Merit Scholarships: School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences - 2 Awards

The School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School starting September 2015 and January 2016. Please read through the following information carefully.The awards available in academic year 2015/16:
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences Merit Scholarships for courses commencing September 2015.
Amount available: £1000 per award- MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice Merit Scholarships for courses commencing January 2016.
Amount available: £1000 per award

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 per award


Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships:
- PgDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy Course
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - DNA Analysis Proteomics and Metabolomics
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Oilfield Chemicals
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Drug Analysis and Toxicology
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Environmental Analysis

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess an Hons degree in a science subject. Chemical sciences subjects at second year undergraduate university level are highly desirable. Other qualifications and experience will be considered with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.

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