Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Following consultation with local pharmaceutical companies, an education need to train employees of the pharmaceutical and related industries in analytical methods that are appropriate to the needs of the sector has been identified. This Masters programme is designed to provide graduates with 1st degrees in Chemistry, Pharmacy and related subjects with advanced knowledge and high-level practical skills in laboratory analysis. Apart from basic and advanced separation, spectroscopic and characterisation techniques, this programme aims to train students on aspects of quality assurance and quality control, as well as the preparation of scientific and technical reports in a GMP environment.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Chemistry, Pharmacy or a closely allied subject. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules: advanced analytical methods for pharmaceutical and related products; advanced separation science; quality assurance/control in the pharmaceutical industry; quality of analytical methods; solid state characterisation techniques; spectroscopic techniques; research project.

Assessment methods

A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment and a dissertation thesis based on a 3 month research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

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School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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