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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Our Pharmaceutical Technology MSc offers you world-class teaching in formulation and drug delivery from internationally renowned scientists. This course has a strong scientific base, designed specifically to improve the skills of pharmacists and graduates with life sciences, chemistry and chemical engineering backgrounds. You will gain hands-on practical experience with some of the most advanced techniques and instruments, and conduct research with experts in the field.


This course will teach you about the science and application of the formulation of pharmaceutical products, and will allow you to assist in the discovery and development of better medicines.

We aim to give you the knowledge and expertise in liquid and solid dosage form design and handling which you will need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, research institutes or biotech. You will also gain an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin dosage form stability. You will undertake in-depth study and research into the biopharmaceutic and physicochemical aspects of dosage form design.

Career prospects

Our recent graduates have gone on to study for PhDs, to work in R&D laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry or to careers in biotech. Our overseas students have taken the skills and knowledge they develop with us to similar positions in their home countries.

Different course options

Full time | Waterloo Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This specialist module covers the design and manufacture of solid dosage forms. On completion of the course the student should have: An understanding of the key physicochemical principles underlying the design and development of solid dosage forms including thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular and crystal structure; A detailed knowledge of the properties of the solid state and its significance, theory of crystal growth, crystal engineering and polymorphism; An understanding of the fundamental aspects of powder technology; An appreciation of pharmaceutical excipients used in solid dosage forms and their properties; An appreciation of the processes, technology and equipment utilised in the manufacture of solid dosage forms; An understanding of the approaches developed for modifying release from products and The ability to characterise dosage forms and to assess their quality.
Advanced Analytical Techniques, Numerical Methods and Regulatory Affairs (15 Credits)
Research Project (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum 2:1 first degree or overseas equivalent in pharmacy, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials or other relevant subject.