MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Science

Program Description

MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Science

Why this course?

This course gives you specialised knowledge of the analytical techniques used to detect, identify and quantitatively determine drugs and related substances.

You’re introduced to techniques for evaluating analytical data and validating analytical methods. You’ll also examine strategies for analytical research and development.

You’ll gain practical experience in a wide range of modern instrumentation and techniques.

You’ll study

The course consists of four theory and two practical modules running between October and April followed by examinations.

If you pass all exams and wish to proceed to MSc then you’ll undertake a 10-week research project. This will be in the University or at an external company or organisation. You’ll submit a thesis at the end of August.


The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with the latest equipment.

The course has access to the full range of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation including:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Ultra-Violet (UV)
  • Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR_FTIR)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Liquid Chromatograph/Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/GC-MS)

Entry requirements

MSc: applicants with a first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in an appropriate science.

PgDip: appropriate science degree, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English language requirements

English language minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 90-95.

We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course.

We also offer comprehensive English language pre-sessional and foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5.

For students with IELTS of 6.0, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.


Many of our graduates obtain positions in the pharmaceutical & chemical industries and some have continued into PhD research.

Previous graduates of the course include:

  • a number of world-renowned academics
  • the current Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • the previous Head of the European Pharmacopoeia Laboratory based in Strasbourg
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
Full time
4,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Glasgow, Scotland
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Scotland/EU students. Rest of UK 2015/16 - £5,500 International 2015/16 - £16,700.