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Pharmaceutical Analysis

Gain advanced analytical and scientific skills, and graduate as a qualified, experienced practitioner.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £6,590 for the course  
International: Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £13,250 for the course.We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Gain advanced academic and practical skills on a course designed with close industry input
  • Learn the modern and classical analytical techniques needed for scientific and pharmaceutical roles
  • Develop methods to determine the levels of active ingredients and contaminants in pharmaceutical preparations
  • Learn how new drugs are developed, from laboratory to approval to usage

Develop your practical and analytical skills for a rewarding career in pharmaceuticals, research, academia or biotechnology. You'll learn the techniques and theory required to hit the ground running, graduating with advanced scientific skills and qualifications.

How you learn

Through practical work and rigorous academic study, you'll gain an advanced understanding of pharmaceutical analysis and the pharmaceutical industry. You learn to operate industry standard modern lab instruments and equipment, become familiar with up to date automated approaches and apply good experimental design techniques and statistical methods for your evaluations. You also undertake a research project that will test all of your skills.

You learn through

  • formal presentations, lectures and tutorials
  • active learning
  • problem solving exercises
  • guest lectures
  • small group tutorials
  • support via the 'Blackboard' virtual learning environment
  • research projects assessed by viva voce examination, oral presentation and written thesis

Course leaders and tutors

Thomas Bassindale
Thomas Bassindale
Senior Lecturer in Analytical Science

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

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

With guest lecturers and experts, as well as strong links to industry and our alumni community around the globe, you will have ample opportunity to network throughout this course.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Pharmaceutical research and drug development
  • Medical research in universities and hospitals
  • Care products
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Government research agencies

Sheffield Hallam University is committed to the employability of its students. That's why we design so many of our courses with employers.

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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Equipment and facilities

Your laboratory work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which are extensively equipped with the latest industry standard models of analytical instruments such as HPLCs and GCs. We also have excellent research facilities where you have access to more sophisticated equipment, such as NMR and a suite of various types of mass spectrometers, which are used in taught modules and research projects.

Entry requirements

All students

You need

• a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in biosciences or physical sciences

• other qualifications such as HND, HNC or unclassified degree in a chemical subject, plus significant relevant work experience

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. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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'.


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

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Drug Detection And Analysis Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Methods For Analysis Of Molecular Structures Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 60%
Module: Pharmaceutical Drug Development Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 30%
Module: Process Analytical Technology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 30%
Module: Professional Development Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Quality Issues, Laboratory Accreditation And The Analytical Approach Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Methods And Statistics Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 70%
Module: Research Project (Biosciences) Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 70%
Module: Separation, Detection And On-Line Techniques Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £6,590 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

£13,250 for the course

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.

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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.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF)

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