Pharmaceutical Science MSc

Postgraduate (1-2 years full-time, part-time)

Chelmsford

September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for September 2016. Our next intake will be September 2017.

Overview

Evaluate, develop and influence the practice and production of pharmaceuticals. From drug design and discovery to pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality; use our nanotechnology research lab to develop extensive laboratory skills and research knowledge to challenge, lead and change pharmaceutical scientific practice.

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Full description

Careers

We’ve worked closely with industry to ensure our course meets the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.

Once you graduate you could work within the pharmaceutical industry as a formulation, quality control or production scientist. Or you might decide to make a career in regulatory affairs and research or in a government regulatory body while involving yourself in licensing and post marketing surveillance procedures.

Other career choices in include the medical publication industry, academia, technician, the food industry or the cosmetic industry.

If you’d like to continue your studies in research or further education Anglia Ruskin offers a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate research degrees including MPhil or/and PhD in Pharmaceutical Science, PhD in Biomedical Science

As an MSc Pharmaceutical Science graduate you’ll be eligible to apply to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society after spending 2 years in a suitable Pharmaceutical Scientist role.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Advanced Pharmaceutics
    You’ll be taught by specialists in drug delivery while you gain knowledge and practical skills to critically assess the design, formulation process and use of formulation of solid, semi-solid and liquid dosage. You’ll get hands-on when you investigate pharmaceutics-related problems to generate new data. In addition to the traditional dosage drug dosage forms, you’ll investigate advanced drug delivery approaches and systems such as vesicular carriers, dendrimers, solid lipid nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, nanoemulsions and microspheres. You’ll also cover the use of biodegradable polymers in various drug delivery applications. While developing your understanding of physicochemical interactions and incompatibilities you’ll become confident in practical decision making for effective medicine and the development of appropriate analytical techniques and methods to assess dosage form stability and drug release profile.
  • Drug Design and Discovery
    Focus on the development pathway of a drug from its initial discovery to extensive clinical trials and regulatory approval. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the processes of finding a new target causing the disease, applying virtual and experimental models for compound/drug screening, identifying leading drug candidate for further development and performing pre-clinical research activities. You’ll cover the pre-formulation aspects of pharmaceuticals such as solubility, pH solubility and stability profiles, partition coefficients, determination of pKa, polymorphism, and compatibility studies of active ingredients and excipients. You’ll discuss the principles of instrumental chemical analysis of drugs and develop awareness of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) to ensure that you establish proper quality systems and ethical considerations, while constantly comparing to real-life industry examples.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within medical science, professional practice, regulation and policy, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas and research skills needed for industry. Together, we'll explore the overarching research framework including both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, data collection methods, issues of rigor and data analysis approaches. We'll also look at reviewing published literature, critiquing studies and understanding the methodology of systematic reviews, and ethical issues relating to research conduct and use, and research governance. Our module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Quality Principles
    Develop wider knowledge of the integral parts of the pharmaceutical industry including research, development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales. You’ll cover the considerations needed to plan, design, construct, validate, and operate complex manufacturing facilities. You’ll also study and debate the practical applications of Good Design Practices (GDPs) including compliance with applicable safety, health, environmental regulations and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP). You’ll attend seminars which are delivered by pharmaceutical industry practitioners on issues in principles of quality assurance (QA) and quality control tests (QC) as well as understanding documentation, audit and test procedures you’ll need in your career. Finally, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to apply Pharmaceutical Quality by Design (QbD) bases on the application of product and process sciences to provide accelerated regulatory submission pathways for new applications.
  • Major Project
    The major project is at the centre of the Masters award and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and apply the skills and concepts you’ve learned in the previous modules. You’ll take the opportunity to carry out an in-depth study in a related specific area of your choice and interest. We’ll encourage you to carry out your major project with an industrial partner to gain real-life experience and contacts in the field. During the project you may generate intellectual property, defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else.

Assessment

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

As well as our MSc in Pharmaceutical, we also offer two intermediate awards – a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate. If you’re taking the full Masters course then you’ll also need to complete a dissertation.

This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£7,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,550

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,700

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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