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Pharmaceutical Technology Masters (MSc)

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Full time 1 year 3 to 4 days per week To be confirmed

Choose Kingston's Pharmaceutical Technology MSc

If you would like to develop the knowledge and skill set to take on any number of roles associated with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product development then this course is ideal for you. The taught modules will give you an insight into preformulation, formulation and the regulation of medicines enabling you to take on a variety of roles within industry including marketing, sales, production, public relations, regulatory affairs, process development, medical statistics and clinical trial organisations.

What will you study?

You will learn about a broad range of formulations and pharmaceutical technologies through the use of examples and case studies along with the underpinning science. You will be given hands-on experience in a number of preformulation and formulation technologies. Clinical trials and other aspects of regulatory affairs, including those covering biotechnological products will be covered in an integrated manner. Employability has been embedded into the course and the varied assessment strategies reflect this. Our study skills centre and the use of formative (practice) assessments are intended to give you the opportunity to develop communication, computing and other key skills.


Exams, tests, laboratory reports, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • The module introduces students to the role of statistics and quality systems in modern analytical science. It demonstrates how a thorough understanding of statistical concepts, the analytical process and the quality systems and quality management paradigms collectively enable the consistent and reliable interpretation of analytical chemical data to support the economic requirements of a business organisation. The module aims are:

    • To define analytical chemistry and the criteria that distinguish it from other sciences.
    • To describe and appraise the analytical process in a systematic manner and emphasise the purpose of each stage.
    • Provide the rationale for the use of statistics in chemical analysis and experimental design and the skills required to perform statistical testing and interpretation of chemical data manually, via a calculator and with software.
    • To enhance students knowledge of the planning and development of quality systems in the analytical laboratory.

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  • The module is intended to ensure that students are aware of the processes by which a drug is formulated into a medicine. It examines the effect that formulation decisions have on the safety, efficacy and quality of medicines, and on the pharmaceutical industry's business model. It includes the principles of pharmaceutical analysis and the application of pharmaceutical analytical techniques (both routine and non-routine) for the design, process- and quality-control of manufactured pharmaceuticals and process-intermediates. It is designed to enable students to review instrumentation choices when confronted with pharmaceutical issues and to select the appropriate tool(s). It also looks at the emerging quality assurance concepts of process analytical technology and quality by design. The module aims are:

    • To analyse aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing including process analysis.
    • To extend the students' knowledge of total quality management and apply it to the analytical laboratory in the pharmaceutical industry.
    • To provide current examples of the applications of the techniques studied in this course specifically to pharmaceutical problems.

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  • This module introduces you to the different phases and types of clinical trials and the associated legal, regulatory and ethical issues. This includes statistical data analyses and how to manage and review clinical trial data in relation to evidence-based medicine. The technology and application of the manufacture of various medicine formulations are discussed and the place of biotechnological products introduced. The module also covers elements of medicines regulation with particular reference to the UK and European Union. Regulations are dealt with both within a general framework and specific areas including manufacturing, dealing with specialist products, regulation in clinical use, and licensing. The module aims are:

    • To develop an understanding of the testing of medicines and medical devices in human volunteers and patients, and role of statistics and clinical data management.
    • To facilitate review of results from drugs under test or in therapeutic use, to make judgement of these data and to make valid recommendations or warnings where appropriate.
    • To enable students to undertake detailed review of the progress of medicinal products from instigation to patient.
    • To allow design of improved systems of production, testing and control of medicaments including the different types of clinical trial.
  • This module is a core module of the Pharmaceutical Technology MSc. It is designed to enable students to apply formulation knowledge to liquid and semisolid preparations. The module also gives practical experience of sterile formulation. It is designed to enable students to apply formulation knowledge to biotechnology products and to develop knowledge of specialist formulation techniques. The aims are:

    • To apply practical expertise in techniques of aseptic formulation and manufacture, particularly injectable preparations and evaluate the operational procedures necessary in sterile production units.
    • To synthesise strategies to improve the (chemical and microbial) stability of a variety of preparations
    • To critically analyse drug targeting and biotechnologies and the impact of these subject areas on current and future drug therapy.
    • To evaluate the formulation, characterization and performance of advanced dosage forms designed for specific routes of drug administration.

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  • This module involves a research- or industry-based in-depth research project. You will develop your ability to critically evaluate your own work as well as the work of others, utilising analytical and laboratory skills.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Prepare a realistic and coherent project proposal, formulate aims and objectives and plan your own time to achieve stated objectives.
    • Critically evaluate the current literature.
    • Carry out appropriate experiments in a safe manner (applying COSHH) and generate reliable data suitably analysed and apply appropriate statistical tests.
    • Communicate the results of the project in a coherent report and in oral and visual manner.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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