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Pharmaceutical Analysis, Technology and Biopharmaceuticals MSc

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Better medicines can change lives. Here at King’s, our renowned pharmaceutical science and pharmacology research is helping us develop new drugs, new policies and new ways of working. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the groundbreaking work happening here and take on your own project at the end of the course.

We designed this MSc to improve your skills for a career in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry or conducting further research with a PhD. You’ll work with leading experts in our labs, using the latest techniques and instruments.

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One Year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180 credits/ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Andrew Chan

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences



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Course detail


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 affair 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 specialized 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 purpose

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


Further literature

Course format and assessment


This course includes a mixture of taught classes and individual study. In the labs, you’ll work alongside expert scientists who are world leaders in their specialist areas.

You can also choose a topic to study further with your research project. This will last six months where you’ll be working in labs conducting your own research under supervision from one of our subject specialists.

Here is a guide to how your time will be split:

  • lectures: approximately 100 hours

  • lab classes/tutorials: approximately 110 hours

  • research project module: six months

  • self-study time: approximately 40 hours per week

One credit is around 10 hours of work. This course is 180 credits.


We’ll assess your performance through a combination of coursework and written or practical examinations. As part of the course you might also complete laboratory book records, laboratory reports, presentations and online quizzes. The course is around 80% coursework and 20% exams.

Regulating body

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


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.

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.



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:

• 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 courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 

Minimum 2:1 first degree (or equivalent) in a Chemistry or Biochemistry-related discipline.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Candidates with a 2:2 or equivalent may be considered if they have substantial relevant work experience.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements    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 £70 applies.


Personal statement and supporting information

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

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.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Optional You may also 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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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

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 fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,950 per year (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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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.


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

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

With plenty of practical sessions, you’ll learn to use the same techniques and equipment you’ll use in your professional career. And working alongside our researchers, you’ll have the cutting-edge knowledge you need to succeed. Combine that with opportunities to networking with top scientists and you have a winning combination for a promising career start.

During the course, you can choose to focus on advanced pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and regulatory affairs, advanced pharmaceutical technologies or advanced biopharmaceutical innovations. While you’ll have the skills to work in a range of areas, your specialist knowledge will help you if you decide to explore a specific career route.


Career destinations

Some of our recent graduates have carried on their studies with a PhD. Some are using their skills working in R&D laboratories at organisations including Pfizer, GSK and Novartis. Others have found work at regulatory agencies.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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