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Clean room in a pharmaceutical factory

MScAdvanced Drug Delivery

Why this course?

The global drug delivery sector is set to attain significant growth over the next five years. This is driven by the introduction of technologies with improved product features. As the pharmaceutical industry continues to innovate in order to maintain growth and profitability, the use of new drug delivery technologies is being explored for many treatment areas.

The introduction of new routes of delivery combined with increasing research and development spend, has created a new market for drug delivery and there is a market need for employees with matched skill sets.

What you'll study

The programme provides specialist research training and practical experience in the design and development of effective drug delivery systems, as well as promoting directly applicable skills for career and professional development.

This course is designed to provide a robust postgraduate training and skills development for life science or physical science-based graduate students seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry or at the life sciences interface.

You'll gain an overview of drug delivery and have hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery.

The course aims to:

  • develop your understanding of the biology of specific targets for drug-based intervention
  • develop your understanding of the biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic & physicochemical principles important in the design and formulation of drug dosage systems
  • address the latest advances in drug delivery & targeting & develop your understanding of the concept of drug targeting using drug carriers & provide an in depth appreciation of the strategies available & utilised for a particular drug & biological barrier
  • enhance your research skills & transferable skills relevant to drug delivery in preparation for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or academia including leadership skills & entrepreneurship
  • develop your understanding of advanced research methodology to enable you to carry out independent work of publishable standard

Major projects

Within your project, you'll have the exciting opportunity to work alongside leading researchers developing the next generation of drug delivery systems. We offer a range of topics from nano to macro drug delivery systems and we consider a wide range of delivery strategies.

Facilities

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

The course will also provide students with full experiential learning with facilities including:

  • formulation & manufacturing facilities
  • thermo-analytical facilities
  • particle, microparticle & nanoparticle size & surface analysis
  • dissolution analysis facilities
  • freeze-drying
  • in-vitro analysis

The course is also supported by access to the full range of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation for the characterisation of drug and drug delivery components, including:

  • nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • ultra-violet (UV)
  • attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR_FTIR)
  • mass spectrometry (MS)
  • high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • gas chromatography (GC)
  • liquid chromatograph/gas chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/GC-MS)

Course content

Skills for Pharmaceutical Students

Refine and advance your core skills in statistics, data presentation and career development while also learning about the ethical choices and dilemmas that you might face in your scientific careers.

Pharmaceutical Formulation & Clinical Pharmaceutics

This class will explore and develop the skills and understanding required to formulate a range of drug delivery systems and consider the drug, the target site and the release rates required for optimised therapeutic outcomes. How the drug is delivered and eliminated from the body will be discussed in detail and you will gain a strong understanding of physico-chemicial principles that govern the design and formulation of drug delivery systems.

Chemical & Spectroscopic Methods

This class is laboratory based and is used to develop practical lab skills of relevance to current industrial and academic practice.

The aims of this class are to provide you with an appreciation and knowledge of the practical skills necessary when using chemical and spectroscopic techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical substances and ingredients in formulations.

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. This class will provide you with the fundamentals of project management and show how to apply the principles of project management to a typical pharmaceutical project, including topic such as: Pharmaceutical R&D and Business Processes; Project Planning; Project Management of Chemical, Analytical, and Formulation Development; Operations management, Processes and production; Marketing & Entrepreneurship.

Advanced Topics in Drug Delivery

This class will explore advanced pharmaceutical drug delivery and targeting systems and associated routes to their formulation as medicines. The approach is interdisciplinary, relating to human physiology and new technologies, applied to the disciplines of drug distribution and pharmacokinetics.

Novel therapeutics & biopharmaceuticals

This class will explore and develop skills and understanding around a range of new and emerging therapeutic areas and biopharmaceutical technologies, their identification, design and development, clinical potential and applications, whilst highlighting the significant role appropriate formulation and delivery systems can play in this process.

This class will focus on the increasingly prominent fields of epigenetics and gene therapy across various disease states and the inherent challenges of formulating and delivering such novel technologies to provide maximum therapeutic effect.

Research Project

Over a 10-week period from May until the end of August, you'll undertake a research project of your choice under the supervision of a leading researcher in their field.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment

Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

Entry requirements

Minimum second class honours degree or international equivalent in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

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

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £7,800

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to 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 support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

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

Careers

This Masters programme is designed to support your career journey into the field of drug delivery and pharmaceutical sciences and provide the support for you to take up an exciting role within the pharmaceutical industry or continue your research career into a PhD programme.

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Advanced Drug Delivery

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Advanced Drug Delivery

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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