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Pharmaceutical Analysis, Technology and Biopharmaceuticals MSc

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Our Pharmaceutical Analysis, Technology and Biopharmaceuticals MSc will enable you to develop your expertise to become an outstanding post-graduate pharmaceutical scientist ready to be employed in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, regulatory bodies or to become a highly competitive PhD candidate. The course is designed and delivered by experts in the field. It has a strong scientific approach, and we have specifically designed it to improve the skills of pharmacists and other chemical graduates. You will have the opportunity to work with leading experts on projects in our research-focused labs, where you will gain hands-on experience with the latest techniques and instruments.

Key benefits

  • We are ranked 13th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Well-equipped laboratories give you lots of 'hands-on' time for a range of modern techniques and instruments.
  • Located in the centre of London in an institute that is renowned for its international research profile.
  • Opportunity to undertake an extended 6 months project of your choosing in the labs of internationally- rated scientists.
  • Complementary attendance to a Joint Pharmaceutical and Analysis Group symposium at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London to meet with leading scientists from major pharmaceutical industries, regulatory bodies and to hear the latest discussions on pharmaceutical analysis and regulatory hot topics.
  • A wide range of career options including pharmaceutical companies, biotech industries, regulatory bodies and research.

The course will allow you to gain the knowledge, practical and research skills that apply in all areas of pharmaceutical sciences covering the principles of pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and formulation of liquid and solid pharmaceutical products, which you will need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, research institute or biotech. You will also be given the opportunity to specialise in the area of advanced pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and regulatory affair, advanced pharmaceutical technologies or advanced biopharmaceutical innovations. An integral component of the course is a laboratory research dissertation worth 60 credits where you will work in a research laboratory involved with independent research supervised by experts in the field. The MSc course is an interdisciplinary course of study with the aim to allow you to design, develop and quality control better medicines for the future.

Course Aims

  • Design, develop and quality control better medicines to help people live longer, happier and healthier lives.
  • Explore the principles of pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, and the formulation of liquid and solid pharmaceutical products – knowledge essential to any pharmaceutical career.
  • Develop your interests or focus on a future career path by choosing to specialise in advanced pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and regulatory affairs, advanced pharmaceutical technologies or advanced biopharmaceutical innovations.
  • Learn to conduct independent research, supervised by leading experts, during your laboratory research dissertation.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

You will be taught by and work alongside scientists who are experts in the field and who work in an internationally leading team. Your study time will be as follows:

Lectures: approximately 100 hours

Lab classes/tutorials: approximately 110 hours research project module: Six months

Self-study time: approximately 40 hours per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include laboratory book records, laboratory reports, presentations, online quizzes and written exams. Coursework contributes approximately 80% and examinations approximately 20% to your final mark. 

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

Principles of Drug Delivery & Biopharmaceuticals (30 credits)
Principles of Pharmaceutical Analysis (30 credits)
Research Methods & Skills (30 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take one optional module from a list which will typically include:

Advanced Biopharmaceutical Innovations (30 credits)
Advanced Formulation Techniques (30 credits)
Advanced Pharmaceutical Analytical Technologies, Quality Control & Regulatory Affairs (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to study for a PhD. Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they developed with us to work in R&D laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry (including Pfizer, GSK and Novartis) or to positions with regulatory agencies. Our overseas students have taken up similar positions in their home countries. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions  
  • Library fees and fines  
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts  
  • Society membership fees  
  • Stationery  
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The course will allow you to gain the knowledge, practical and research skills that apply in all areas of pharmaceutical sciences covering the principles of pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and formulation of liquid and solid pharmaceutical products, which you will need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, research institute or biotech. You will also be given the opportunity to specialise in the area of advanced pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and regulatory affair, advanced pharmaceutical technologies or advanced biopharmaceutical innovations. An integral component of the course is a laboratory research dissertation worth 60 credits where you will work in a research laboratory involved with independent research supervised by experts in the field. The MSc course is an interdisciplinary course of study with the aim to allow you to design, develop and quality control better medicines for the future.

Course Aims

  • Design, develop and quality control better medicines to help people live longer, happier and healthier lives.
  • Explore the principles of pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, and the formulation of liquid and solid pharmaceutical products – knowledge essential to any pharmaceutical career.
  • Develop your interests or focus on a future career path by choosing to specialise in advanced pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and regulatory affairs, advanced pharmaceutical technologies or advanced biopharmaceutical innovations.
  • Learn to conduct independent research, supervised by leading experts, during your laboratory research dissertation.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

You will be taught by and work alongside scientists who are experts in the field and who work in an internationally leading team. Your study time will be as follows:

Lectures: approximately 100 hours

Lab classes/tutorials: approximately 110 hours research project module: Six months

Self-study time: approximately 40 hours per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include laboratory book records, laboratory reports, presentations, online quizzes and written exams. Coursework contributes approximately 80% and examinations approximately 20% to your final mark. 

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

Principles of Drug Delivery & Biopharmaceuticals (30 credits)
Principles of Pharmaceutical Analysis (30 credits)
Research Methods & Skills (30 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take one optional module from a list which will typically include:

Advanced Biopharmaceutical Innovations (30 credits)
Advanced Formulation Techniques (30 credits)
Advanced Pharmaceutical Analytical Technologies, Quality Control & Regulatory Affairs (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to study for a PhD. Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they developed with us to work in R&D laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry (including Pfizer, GSK and Novartis) or to positions with regulatory agencies. Our overseas students have taken up similar positions in their home countries. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions  
  • Library fees and fines  
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts  
  • Society membership fees  
  • Stationery  
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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