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MSc Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science Degree

MSc Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science Degree

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy Analytical Chemistry

Course type


Course Summary


As the demand for new pharmaceutical solutions to medical needs continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled chemists with the ability to contribute to drug development and analysis. Our popular and industry-relevant pharmaceutical science degree is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related disciplines who wish to work in this fascinating and important field.

Through a broad range of core and optional modules, you will be able to build essential multidisciplinary skills and deepen your understanding of key pharmaceutical science concepts, whilst developing vital research and professional skills.

Your studies will be enhanced by the recent investment in new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teaching lab facilities and equipment, as well as the cutting-edge insights of our academic staff. You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

The programme is taught via a combination of self-learning and short courses with practical laboratory sessions and formal assessment by coursework and examination. There are a range of optional modules to choose from in addition to the compulsory modules which all MSc students take. The programme runs for a full calendar year, starting at the beginning of October and completing at the end of September the following year. The programme can also be studied part-time over a period of 2-5 years.

As a student on the programme you will join an inspiring international community typically comprised of students from a wide range of countries, including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India.

Who should study this programme?

This programme is perfect for students seeking to understand the principles and procedures used in the analytical process, as well as the theory and application of key analytical techniques employed in pharmaceutical science, medicinal science and environmental science. It will equip you with the multidisciplinary skills that are essential to work in the field of drug development and analysis, including professional and transferable skills.

What you'll study

Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science offers you a broad range of modules covering the major aspects of analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry, complemented by studies in transferable and professional skills.

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Chemistry is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

MSc Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science provides training which is highly relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and is highly transferable outside this area. Graduates from this programme have progressed to careers in a range of industries or go on to further study.

You can also exit with Pgcert and PgDip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to give you an understanding of the methods and applications of principal analytical separation, including gas and liquid chromatography and electrophoretic techniques.

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

A 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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