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MScAdvanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Why this course?

This unique Masters course trains you in key aspects of modern manufacturing approaches suitable for pharmaceuticals and high-value chemicals.

It's designed to produce highly-skilled graduates in continuous manufacturing science and technology to meet the growing demands for expertise in this area. You’ll be trained to take up jobs in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

The course is aligned with the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation (CMAC). It’s supported by academic staff from across the University, six academic partners and CMAC's strategic partners (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis).

You’ll study

The course consists of taught classes along with practical classes from October to April.

If you successfully complete all assessments you’ll then undertake a 10-week research project. This can be at the University or with an external company or organisation. You’ll submit a thesis at the end of August.


The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with modern equipment.

The Institute is unique in the UK with centres such as the Cancer Research Formulation unit and CMAC both contributing to the course.

Teaching staff

The course is taught by experts within Strathclyde. There are also specialised lectures from visiting professors and world-renowned scientists from academia, industry, and organisations such as the NHS and the EU.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Generic Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Research Skills

To illustrate the many sources of scientific information available electronically, how to construct effective search protocols to find relevant information and present it using graphical means and oral presentations.

To enable you to understand, choose and use appropriate statistical methods to aid collection and interpretation of data in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and associated industries.

To encourage you to engage in debate on:

  • scientific hypotheses
  • regulatory affairs & research funding
  • in vivo experimentation
  • human stem cell therapies

To introduce the concepts of:

  • skills evaluation and personal effectiveness
  • time management, planning and Gannt charts
  • decision-making processes and review
  • information and data management
  • good laboratory practice
  • peer interaction, communication and networking
  • preparing a CV, career planning and applying for future positions
Industrial Pharmacy
The aim of the class is to give advanced information on standard organics with highlighting the challenges on Biopharmaceuticals aspects in relation to drug development.
Process Analytical Technology & Quality by Design in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Particles & Products
This class aims to provide you with direct experience of continuous crystallisation and downstream processes. You'll have the opportunity to apply the underpinning knowledge gained from proceeding classes to manufacture a pharmaceutical product using continuous processes.
Crystallisation & Formulation for Manufacture
The aim is to provide academic and practical training in drug and fine chemical crystallisation principles and the subsequent formulation and processing requirements to produce medicinal and consumer products.
Pharmaceutical Project Management
The aim of this class is to impart knowledge and understanding of the Pharmaceutical Project management keeping in view of pharmaceutical, biotech and industry in mind.

MSc only

Continuous Manufacturing Research Project
You'll undertake an assignment usually in one of the continuous manufacturing and crystallisation research laboratories where they undertake a project and prepare a thesis for assessment.

Learning & teaching

Theory and applications are taught through lectures, tutorials, seminars and web-based learning. Class material is available through an online learning tool which you can access at any time.

You’ll also take part in practical sessions which provide you with experience of a wide range of modern instrumental and state-of-the-art techniques.


Assessment is through both written and practical examinations and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).

Entry requirements

  • minimum second-class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or engineering
  • two references (at least one academic)
  • English language: minimum IELTS 6.5 is required for all non-English speakers

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - no fees, this course is fully funded

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £6,000


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the scheme and what courses are eligible.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


The course prepares you for a career in:

  • the chemical or pharmaceutical industry (research and development, production and regulatory affairs)
  • academic and other research institutions
  • government agencies such as drug licensing authorities

You’ll also be equipped to continue into PhD research at one of the University’s Doctoral Training Centres.

Contact us


Please complete the online application form. The following documents (PDF files only) are requested:

  • degree certificate(s)
  • two references (at least one academic)
  • English language certificate
  • passport copy

Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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