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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 14th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

  • 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.

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Closed

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


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


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.


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 quiz and written exams. Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final mark.

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


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.



Year 1

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

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

You are required to take:

  • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits)
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques, Numerical Methods and Regulatory Affairs  (15 credits)
  • Principles of Drug Delivery and Drug Disposition (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)
  • Advanced Spectroscopic, Instrumental, Chemical and Bioanalytical Techniques (30 credits)
  • Advanced Separation Science, Quality Control and Regulatory Matters (30 credits)

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.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

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 and a non-refundable application fee of £70 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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,275 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 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 2021/22.

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


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 before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 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/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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