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Pharmaceutical Analysis

MSc or Postgraduate Diploma

The MSc and PGDip courses in Pharmaceutical Analysis aim to equip students with specialized knowledge and skills that makes them ideally trained to take up jobs as analytical scientists in the pharmaceutical, food and drinks industries.

Students on the course develop an ability to apply the principles of statistical, analytical and instrumental methods in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of drugs and related substances.

Course Structure
The course consists of four theory and two practical modules running between October and April followed by examinations. Students who pass all exams and wish to proceed to MSc then undertake a 10 week research project, either in the university or at an external company or organization, and submit a thesis at the end of August. Full details of course

World Class Facilities
The new SIPBS building is purpose-built to house modern state-of-the-art facilities. Students have access to the full range of analytical instrumentation used in the pharmaceutical industry (NMR, UV, ATR-FTIR, MS, HPLC, GC and LC/GC-MS).

Expert tuition
Course material is taught by experts based in SIPBS, with additional specialized lectures from a visiting Professors and world-renowned scientists who are working in the pharmaceutical and analytical industries and legislative bodies, including the European Pharmacopoeia.

Teaching and Assessment
Teaching of theory and applications is through lectures, tutorials and web-based learning.  The material is further reinforced with practical sessions which provide hands-on experience with a wide range of modern instrumental techniques. Assessment is through both written and practical examinations and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).

Career Prospects
Many of our graduates obtain positions in the pharmaceutical & chemical industries and some have continued into PhD research. Previous graduates of the course include a number of world-renowned academics, the current Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the previous Head of the European Pharmacopoeia Laboratory based in Strasbourg.

Entry Requirements
Minimum second class BSc Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, Biology or Pharmacy or related discipline. Two academic references.

English Language Requirements

English lanuguage minimum IELTS 6.5.

We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course. This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends. 

We also offer comprehensive English Language presessional and Foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5.

For students with IELTS of 6.0, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 2 and 3 of Presessional English (start date: 16th July 2013).

For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1,2 and 3 of Presessional English (start date: 17th June 2013).

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Tutions Fees

Details of current tuition fees

Funding for UK students towards the tuition fees of the course may be available from SAAS


Course Director: Dr Darren Edwards

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Apply for 2015-16 course:

MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

PG Dip Pharmaceutical Analysis

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