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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2019/20
MSc

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Work in industry-standard facilities to get an introduction to pharmaceuticals from drug discovery to manufacture, and learn to use the  tools needed for their analysis.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,200 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities, developing the skills you need to operate common analytical laboratory instruments.
  • Learn to obtain and interpret analytical information from a variety of products.
  • Apply good experimental design techniques and use statistical methods for data evaluation.
  • Analyse and interpret data with industry-standard management systems.
  • Understand the background of drug design and development, and the wider industry.

On this course, you'll learn the skills required of an analyst and become familiar with the principles of modern instrumental analytical techniques, methods and statistics. You'll study the practice and theory of the field, and consider the pharmaceutical industry in detail.

How you learn

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Watch course leader Dr Thomas Bassindale talk about this course.

Throughout the course, you'll learn the fundamentals of analytical chemistry and how it is applied to pharmaceutical, environmental and materials analyses. You’ll work in industry-standard laboratories and teaching laboratories, alongside research-active staff who are renowned in their field.

You learn how to develop methods to determine the levels of active ingredients and contaminants in pharmaceutical preparations. You will understand regulations governing the analysis which demand that you work under a strict quality assurance and quality control regimes. 

Modules may include Separation and Detection Science, Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, and Biopharmaceuticals and Drug Discovery.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • academic advice
  • a programme of laboratory classes
  • full semester research project

Course leaders and tutors

Thomas Bassindale
Thomas Bassindale
Principal Lecturer in Forensic and Analytical Science. Professional Lead, Chemistry and Forensic Science.

Staff profile for Dr Thomas Bassindale, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

Applied learning

Laboratory experience and research project

To supplement the classroom activities there is a programme of laboratory classes. Your laboratory work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which are extensively equipped with the latest models of analytical instruments, such as HPLCs and GCs. This is supplemented by access to our research facilities where you have access to more sophisticated equipment, such as NMR and a suite of various types of mass spectrometers.

You will have the opportunity to conduct a semester-long investigative research project within the field of pharmaceutical analysis. This work will take place in cutting-edge, industry-standard laboratories and teaching labs under the supervision of world-renowned active research staff.

This work will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within our specialist Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. The project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, design of research methods and the analysis, presentation and interpretation of experimental data.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • academic or industrial research
  • quality assurance
  • analytical laboratories

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as

  • methods development scientists
  • drug development scientists
  • compliance officers
  • PhD students

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry standard analytical equipment such as HPLC, NMR or GC
  • cutting edge research instrumentation, such as in our mass spectrometry suite

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice Credits: 30
Module: Applied Laboratory Practice Credits: 15
Module: Biopharmaceuticals And Drug Discovery Credits: 15
Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 15
Module: Research Project Credits: 60
Module: Separation And Detection Science Credits: 15
Module: The Analytical Approach Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Forensic Drug Analysis Credits: 15
Module: Innovations In Analytical Science Credits: 15
Module: Surface Analysis And Related Techniques Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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