Pharmaceutical and Analytical Science MSc 2016-17This course also available for 2017-18 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Competent Pharmaceutical and Analytical Scientists are presently in demand in the pharmaceutical and related industries. This course has been designed with input from Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists with a wide range of industrial and research experience. Pharmaceutical analysis involves the testing of drug substances and the formulation of pharmaceutical drugs as they are utilized. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most recent technological developments and applications in Pharmaceutical and Analytical Science. The different methods of drug formulation currently being used, and being developed, are described alongside the instrumental techniques which can be used in the analysis of drug components. The modules are taught by enthusiasts who are experts in their fields. The course is two thirds taught material and one third project.
19 / 09 / 2016
1 year full-time
A minimum of a lower second class honours degree in Chemistry, Biology or Pharmacy or a related subject.
The course is designed to train you in scientific methodology relating to pharmaceutical and analytical science and extend your interest and knowledge in the subject. The different methods of drug formulation currently being used, and being developed, are described alongside the instrumental techniques which can be used in the analysis of drug components. The taught part of the course consists of seven theory modules in the areas of forensic and Analytical Science as well as a practical module. The research project requires 50 days laboratory work and takes place during the summer, sometimes through an industrial placement.
We offer the following modules:
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
This module gives an overview of Analytical Science using scope, requirements and technological changes. The quality of data is ascertained using a variety of methods. Sample preparation and treatment and instrumentation with particular reference to errors and uncertainty.
Data Treatment and Analysis
Basic statistical theory underlying the analysis and treatment of univariate and multivariate chemical, forensic, pharmaceutical and biological laboratory data.
Advanced Separation Techniques
This module introduces the theoretical basis and current and future developments in analytical separation techniques. Areas covered range from solid phase extraction; theory of chromatography; gas chromatography (GC); high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); capillary electrophoresis (CE), asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) and sedimentation velocity in the analytical ultracentrifuge (SV-AUC). Tutorials are provided to support the lectures. Assessment is by an in-class test (50 %) and a major assignment consisting of an essay and presentation (50 %).
NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Scientists
This module provides both a broad and in depth coverage of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. There is a large emphasis on developing your knowledge of the two techniques and you will be exposed to the most recent advances in instrumentation and their applications. You will explore advances in NMR design through a written assignment and you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to interpret spectral data in an exam.
Extended experiments to develop, compare and assess methods for analytical problems carried out in small groups with joint report and oral presentations.
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Analysis
This module will consider the formulation of small molecules and macromolecules (proteins and monoclonal antibodies) using advanced drug delivery systems. The application of advanced analytical techniques such as thermal and spectroscopic methods in drug development will also be appreciated. Latest trends in pharmaceutical development such as pharmaceutical nanotechnology and lipid based drug delivery systems will also be considered. Assessment is by test (50%) and Assignment (50%).
Pharmaceutical Preparations and their Testing
This module will consider the testing of drug substances and formulations in the Pharmaceutical Industry. A graduate analyst will be familiar with a wide range of analytical techniques but largely chemical in nature. This module will extend that knowledge to the testing of formulated pharmaceutical products and their other important attributes. This module is assessed by test (50%) and assignment (50%)
This module will help you learn how understanding the biology underlying microbial (bacterial and viral) infection and disease, such as cancer, is important in the design of novel therapeutic agents. The module will outline examples of anticancer drugs, antimicrobials and drugs against other diseases (such as diabetes). In addition to a test (70% of module mark) that will assess your understanding of the topics, you will have the opportunity of independent learning in the form of a poster combined with a viva-type examination that will enhance your communication and interpersonal skills as well as critical thinking.
This module will give you research experience in methods of experimental design and either to develop new analytical methods or to solve a novel analytical problem. The research project is carried out over a 50 day period working in the laboratory. Part-time student may carry out their project at their place of employment. You will become familiar with the current analytical literature and gain skills in being able to select and review relevant papers on a particular topic. It will test your ability to handle and interpret analytical data. You will also further develop communication skills in report writing (50% of assessment), poster and oral presentations (10% of assessment each). Further feedback will be provided by regular meetings with your project supervisor on a day-to-day basis (30% of assessment).
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Graduates of this course have a chance of gaining employment or advancing careers in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, regulatory authorities, the NHS and instrument companies. A significant proportion go on to study for a PhD.
Teaching and assessment
Considerable emphasis is placed on independent learning. You will be taught through weekly lectures, workshops and practical laboratory classes. Additional leaning materials are provided on the University's VLE. There is an Academic Skills Tutor within the School of Applied Sciences who can help with things like report writing, revision and examination technique, numeracy skills, etc.Modules are mainly assessed by assignments, problem solving exercises, assessment of laboratory skills and written examinations. The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks - unless the submission was made toward the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feed back on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only University where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
How much will it cost me?
In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
-One of the most important aspects of this course is that you will also get hands-on experience using a wide range of analytical instrumentation in our well equipped laboratories. This is through structured practicals as well as open ended group mini-projects. -Recent investment in Pharmaceutical and Analytical equipment allows us to offer state of the art facilities and Huddersfield boasts strong links with the pharmaceutical industry, making it possible for us to offer additional input from the industry. -The course includes statistical analysis of data which is essential in the interpretation of all analytical data. - You will be taught by research active staff most of whom are members of professional bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society and the Higher Education Academy. - Science research at Huddersfield is thriving and expanding. In the 2008 RAE 75% of the research in chemistry was rated as internationally recognised with 25% being rated as internationally excellent. As well as pure analytical science there are many research projects which involve the application of analytical science. This is evidenced in the range of in-house MSc research projects which include drug analysis, design of novel drug formulations and delivery methods, thermal degradation of novel drug formulations, characterisation of therapeutic polysaccharides and sensor development.
How to apply
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