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Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Control MSc

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Our Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Control MSc will enable you to develop your expertise in the quality assurance and quality control of products as molecular entities. The course 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 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • 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.

  • You will learn about Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC) and regulatory affairs, which are crucial when working in industry.

  • Opportunity to undertake an extended project of your choosing in the labs of internationally- rated scientists.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT September to September 2 years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 20 (approximately 18 FT, 2 PT).

Course leaders

Dr Andrew Chan

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course detail

Description

The course will allow you to study the science and application of modern and traditional techniques for analysis of pharmaceutical products at an advanced level. We will give you the knowledge and expertise to assist in the discovery and development of better medicines and to provide regulatory data to ensure product integrity. You will study the scientific principles underlying quality control for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, health service, research institutes or regulatory authorities.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

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 160 hours
  • lab classes/tutorials: approximately 160 hours
  • research project module: six months
  • self-study time: approximately 40 hours per week.

Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.

Assessment

We will assess you through a variety of methods:

  • written exam
  • lab assessment
  • research project

 The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, this may change if the course modules change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Extra information

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

Part-time students will study Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits), Analytical Techniques, Numerical Methods, Regulatory Affairs (15 credits) and Advanced Separation Science, Quality. Control and Regulatory Matters (30 credits) in their first year and the remaining modules in subsequent years, except the research project will run across both Years 1 and 2.

 

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

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

PAQC Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 

2:1 Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Biochemistry and/or Pharmacy, further graduate study or appropriate work experience may also be taken into account. 

A 2:2 degree may be considered where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit (or international equivalents) or possess employment experience relevant to the programme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Your application will be assessed by the Programme Director, who will consult other members of the academic staff involved in teaching the programme. Both home and overseas applicants may be called for interview. You are welcome to contact the Programme Director to learn more about the MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

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