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Pharmaceutical Analysis (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

The MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis develops advanced knowledge in instrumental analysis. The University of Hertfordshire is at the heart of a pharmaceutical research cluster in North London. Our course has been developed with the support of UK regulatory professionals and industrial analysts to train graduates to enter employment within regulated pharmaceutical laboratories.

The Masters course will develop the specialist analytical knowledge base for chemists, chemical engineers and other pharmaceutical scientists. The MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis will also prepare you for a career in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs through our unique industrial modules.

As well as advanced analytical techniques, you will also study the principles of pharmaceutical analysis which support your development as an independent analytical scientist who can work in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. The theory of analytical techniques will be explored in our modern analytical laboratory with extensive practical classes and data analysis workshops.

The MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work in inter-disciplinary product development teams. In addition the core MSc course modules place considerable emphasis on generic research skills such as the preparation of research proposals and protocols. Your MSc course culminates in the completion of a personal research project in the research groups of our accomplished analytical chemists.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/pharmaceutical-analysis

Why choose this course?

- Develops your skills for specialisation in industrial pharmaceutical analysis

- Modular course structure that develops inter-disciplinary skills in analysis and regulatory affairs

- Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs module taught, mostly, by either in one-day off-campus visits to local pharmaceutical companies or by industry experts on campus.

- World-class analytical laboratory facilities in the centre of the South-east England's pharmaceutical industry triangle.

- Excellent opportunities for continuing professional development

- Committed, research-active staff to support your development as a pharmaceutical analyst

- The School of Life and Medical Science will move into a brand new science building opening in September 2015 providing us with world class laboratories for our teaching and research. At a cost of £50M the new building provides spacious naturally lit laboratories and social spaces creating an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary learning and research.


The MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis is typically a full-time programme which offers excellent skill development to launch a career in the pharmaceutical industry whether here in the UK, or with companies who operate outside the European Union.

The course will also accelerate the careers of those currently working within the UK pharmaceutical industry, and is offered on a part-time basis for day-release from your place of work. Several modules may also be studied by UK full-time employees on a short-course basis with the award of ECTS credit.

Teaching methods

All taught modules will consist of a series of lectures and supporting workshops and, with the exception of Science Research Methods and Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs, will have assessed laboratory sessions.

Our facilities

Our school, at the University of Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching laboratories and learning facilities, including a new state-of-the-art science building. Our analytical teaching laboratory offers access to 10 HPLC's, 4 GC's, LCMS, ICP-OES and a number of UV-vis spectrometers and spectrofluorimeters. Also students will have access to research facilities such as high field NMR spectrometers, thermal analysis instrumentation etc.

Work Placement

Several of the students will have the opportunity to complete their research projects within the pharmaceutical industry.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/pharmaceutical-analysis#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Pharmaceutical Analysis (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally 2:1 degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, chemical engineering, chemistry, analytical chemistry or related relevant subject (with substantial chemistry content) and Candidates with other qualifications with appropriate post-degree industrial pharmacy work experience will also be considered. Overseas equivalent and alternative qualifications will be assessed for their equivalence to a UK 2.1 level and IELTS scores.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £7,700, Part time £645 per module; International Students: Full time £12,500

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