MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics


Program Description

MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics


Queen’s University Belfast has developed a dynamic new MSc programme for students seeking careers in the global pharmaceutical industry. The new MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutics will prepare graduates with the expertise and skills required for employment in an industry estimated to be worth $1.2 trillion.

Industrial pharmaceutics plays a vital role in the development, validation and manufacture of new medicines, ensuring their safety and quality, and MSc graduates will be able to avail of employment opportunities at all stages of the medicine development pipeline.


The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has an excellent global reputation and is highly ranked for both teaching and research.

Active areas of research within the School include Drug Delivery and Biomaterials, Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, Nanomedicine and Biotherapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Materials Science and Formulation.

These courses are taught within the School Pharmacy in Queen’s University Belfast which is ranked in the Top 100 in world and has been ranked as one of the top schools of Pharmacy within the UK for several years. Students will benefit from learning from academic staff who are at the forefront of pharmaceutical sciences and working with industry partners can prepare MSc students for a future career within the sector.


Students will have the opportunity to work towards a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership through the Queen’s Graduate School as part of this programme. This is an optional component and the cost of the course (£995) will need to be met by the student.


The MSc programme consists of 6 taught modules designed to produce highly-skilled graduates in continuous manufacturing science and technology. It includes specialist content designed to meet the needs of leading pharmaceutical companies as they develop new products and undertake cutting-edge Research and Development.

Modules include:

Characterisation Methods for Pharmaceutical Products

Formulation of Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Products

MSc Research Project

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Emerging Technologies

Project Management & Entrepreneurship

Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs

Research Methods & Data Management


As well as developing methods-based and problem-solving expertise in the fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, the programme includes a 3-month research project which can be undertaken with an industrial partner to gain further commercial experience and prepare for future employment.


The course uses a variety of assessment methods relevant to a master’s level of study. The assessments include: oral & poster presentations, group & individual assignments, case study reports, essay writing, written examinations and a final dissertation.


We provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Across a combination of morning and afternoon classes, examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are lectures, practical laboratory experiences, self-directed study and supervised research work to enhance employability.



Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering or closely allied subject. The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to interview applicants or review the content of their previous qualifications to ensure suitability to enter the programme.


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.


Graduates from this course will be able to pursue a career in a range of areas, such as;

·Pharmaceutical Industry (e.g. R&D, production, regulatory)

·Academia (research and teaching)

·Government agencies, such as drug licensing authorities


·Scientific Research


There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

Postgraduate loans

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

Last updated May 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the top ... Read More

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the top ten universities in the UK for Research Intensity. Read less