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MSc/PGDipPharmaceutical Sciences

Tuition fee £11,700.00 per year
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The MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programme was developed in response to the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.

The programme will generate graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, allowing students to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture and including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

Delivery on this programme involves a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises. Many of the lectures on this programme are delivered by leading industrial experts. Problem-based learning and case studies will provide students with experience of team-working that simulates an industrial setting. Students will develop team-working, critical thinking and analytical problem solving abilities which are important in the modern pharmaceutical industry.

The main part of the programme is a research project that runs over the whole academic year and gives students the opportunity to work with modern research equipment to carry out novel research. Project work will help students enhance practical skills, analytical thinking, time management, communication skills and independence.

The aims of the programme are:

To acquire a sound core knowledge base together with knowledge of a specialist area of pharmaceutical sciences to support current and future developments of pharmaceutical and related sciences
To enhance students’ critical, analytical, practical and communication skills relevant to the modern, multidisciplinary pharmaceutical industry
To develop research skills in terms of: planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting the results of investigations
To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to solve a range of pharmaceutical drug development and processing problems
To enable students to use and develop advanced theories and develop novel concepts to explain pharmaceutical development and processing data.

Programme structure

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Colloids and Structured Materials in Formulations (30 credits)
Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry (30 credits)
English Language Support (for Postgraduate students in the School of Science)
Analytical Methods and QA/QC Principles (30 credits)
MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Project (60 credits)
Modern Pharmaceutical Technologies and Process Engineering (30 credits)

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or industries manufacturing other health care products.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States