Gain advanced laboratory skills and academic knowledge required to analyse samples relevant to the drug development process, in accordance with strict industry regulations.
Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to develop methods to determine the levels of active ingredients and contaminants in pharmaceutical preparations.
You learn the skills of an analyst and become familiar with the principles of modern instrumental analytical techniques, analytical methods and statistics. You learn how to conduct your tests according to regulations which demand that you work under a strict quality assurance and quality control regime.
Because we have designed the course in close consultation with the pharmaceutical industry, your training is excellent preparation for a career in the industry. In addition to giving input on course structure, industrial practitioners deliver lectures on a variety of topics which relate to industry. You can take modules individually for continuing professional development.
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. 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.
As a student, you
• gain knowledge and practical skills to operate commonly used analytical laboratory instruments
• become familiar with automated approaches to analysis and process analytical technology
• apply good experimental design techniques and use statistical methods for data evaluation
• develop your knowledge of validated analysis methods for determining chemical compounds and elements in a range of sample types
• understand the principles and practice of laboratory quality systems
• interpret mass spectra and nuclear magnetic resonance data.
2017 entry requirements
• 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
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full time – September start – typically 12 months
Full time – January start – typically 12 months
Part time – September start – typically 24 months
Part time – January start – typically 24 months
Typical modules may include
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
Quality issues, laboratory accreditation and the analytical approach (15 credits)
Separation, detection and online techniques (15 credits)
Pharmaceutical drug development (15 credits)
Drug detection and analysis (15 credits)
Methods for analysis of molecular structure (15 credits)
Process analytical technology (15 credits)
Professional development (15 credits)
Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
Research project (60 credits)
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
Mostly by coursework including
You improve your career prospects in areas such as • pharmaceutical research and drug development • medical research in universities and hospitals • care products • biotechnology companies • government research agencies.
It also offers you the training and knowledge to go on to research at PhD level in pharmacology, biotechnology pharmaceutical and analytical science.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,300
Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,400
Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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