MSc Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • 1st in the UK for Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Study with us

  • you'll be equipped to take up jobs in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • undertake a 10-week research project
  • learn about key aspects of manufacturing approaches for pharmaceuticals and high-value chemicals
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Why this course?

This MSc Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing is 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 Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation (CMAC) centre. It's supported by academic staff from across the University and was informed by CMAC's strategic industry partners such as:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer
  • Novartis
  • Roche
  • Takeda
THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

The Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Masters 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 over the summer. This can be at the University or with an external company or organisation. You’ll submit a thesis at the end of August.

You'll learn about:

  • pharmaceutical development and production
  • continuous manufacturing processes
  • crystallisation mechanisms
  • manufacturing processes as they related to the modern pharmaceutical industry
  • transferable, professional skills
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT) & data analytics
  • quality assurance
  • management & Quality-by-Design systems

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Aerial view of the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences building.


Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching, located in a state-of-the-art building with several laboratories fitted with modern equipment.

SIPBS is unique in the UK and contains centres such as the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit and CMAC. Staff from both these centres contribute to this course.

Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation (CMAC)

CMAC is a world-class international hub for manufacturing research and training. Working in partnership with industry, its purpose is to transform current manufacturing processes into the medicine supply chain of the future. 

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.

Teaching staff

You'll be taught by experts from both SIPBS and CMAC. This course is multidisciplinary and so specialised staff from other departments are also included. There are also specialised lectures from scientists from academia, industry, and public sector and partner organisations.


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

Pharmaceutical manufacture under good manufacturing practice guidelines is essential to ensure the quality and safety of drug products and their active ingredients. Graduates of this program will be equipped with knowledge and experience in a range of different manufacturing and quality assurance approaches and technologies, offering a fantastic launch pad for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences.

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Course content

Essential Skills and Employability for Masters Students (20 credits)

This module will illustrate the many sources of scientific information available electronically. It will also show how to construct effective search protocols to find relevant information and present it using graphical means and oral presentations.

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

You'll be encouraged to engage in debate on:

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

You'll be introduced to 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

Principles of Pharmaceutics (20 credits)

In this module you'll learn the topics of primary and secondary processing which are taught in the second semester and require you to have an advanced understanding of the physico-chemistry and mathematical principles underpinning pharmaceutics. The class provides that framework and includes topics such as:

  • physicochemical properties of pharmaceuticals
  • process concepts in the development, manufacture, testing and supply of drug compounds
  • solid state as it applies to pharmaceutic products and the methods used to quantify it
  • common mathematical models of describing pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical processes
  • molecular weights, measurement units, concentrations, stiochemotry/titrations, Log P and Log D, pH, ionisation, acid/bases, solubility)

Process Analytical Technology & Quality by Design in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (20 credits)

This module will also provide insight into the key principles of Quality by design (QbD) approaches covering quality risk management, formal experimental design and process analytical technologies (PAT), including topics such as:

  • PAT tools and Implementation
  • PAT in Development and Manufacturing
  • design of Experiments
  • multivariate Data Analysis

Drug Substance Manufacture: Industrial Crystallisation (20 credits)

This module brings together several of the key scientific and engineering concepts introduced in other modules and culminates in the practical development and operation of crystallisation. It will cover a range of topics including:

  • crystal product quality in relation to crystallisation processes and formulated final product
  • the concepts of solubility and supersaturation
  • concepts of primary & secondary crystal nucleation, crystal growth and agglomeration
  • digital design of crystallisation processes
  • filtration and drying

Drug Product Manufacture (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to consider the requirements, for the formulation and manufacture of drug products. It will cover traditional and advanced drug product manufacturing processes for making solid oral dosage forms, semi-solid and solution products. It will include topics such as:

  • solution and semi-solid products
  • formulated products
  • digital design of products
  • hot melt extrusion and 3D printing
  • real-time release testing
  • chemical and physical properties of drug products

Pharmaceutical Project Management & Digital Design (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to teach fundamentals of project management within the pharmaceutical sector, including aspects of business and commercial operations, as well as digital design and process modelling concepts. It will include topics such as:

  • project and risk management
  • key project management and business concepts
  • principles of mathematical modelling
  • process modelling and digital design, and applying those skills to solve manufacturing, research and development problems in silico

Research Project (60 credits)

This project is for MSc students only.

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

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class (2:2) Honours degree or overseas equivalent, in science or engineering along with two references (at least one academic).

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 English Language Teaching for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests other than IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

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Fees & funding

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

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Available scholarships

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Additional costs

Course materials

You will have to pay extra for your lab coat and safety goggles. All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources). However you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Other costs

There are returnable deposits for entry keycards and lockers (depending on your project location within Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences).

International students

If you are an international student, you may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

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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

Future prospects

If you're interested in pursuing a PhD, this course is the perfect route in. It also gives you a range of skills and experience that employers from industry are looking for. Find out more about research opportunities in Biomedical Sciences.

Recent graduates from this course have gained posts in GSK and Sigma-Aldrich FC.

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MSc student Tien Thuy Quach
There were a variety of lectures, tutorials and laboratories not only related to my major, Pharmaceutics but also to improve my interpersonal skills.
Tien Thuy Quach
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There is currently no deadline for submitting applications. However, we encourage you to apply early as we consider applications on a first come, first served basis, and may introduce an application deadline due to high demand.

Start date: Sep 2024

Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Start date: Sep 2024

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