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Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing MSc

Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacy Pharmacology Pharmaceuticals Production

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

This course is designed to produce highly-skilled graduates in continuous manufacturing science and technology to meet the growing demands for expertise in this area. You’ll be trained to take up jobs in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

The course is aligned with the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation (CMAC). It’s supported by academic staff from across the University, six academic partners and CMAC's strategic partners (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis).

What you'll study

The course consists of taught classes along with practical classes from October to April.

If you successfully complete all assessments you’ll then undertake a 10-week research project. This can be at the University or with an external company or organisation. You’ll submit a thesis at the end of August.

You'll learn about:

  • pharmaceutical development and production
  • continuous manufacturing processes
  • crystallisation mechanisms
  • manufacturing processes as they related to the modern pharmaceutical industry
  • transferable, professional skills
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT) & data analytic
  • quality assurance
  • management & Quality-by-Design systems.


Assessment is through both written and practical examinations and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).


The course prepares you for a career in:

  • the chemical or pharmaceutical industry (research and development, production and regulatory affairs)
  • academic and other research institutions
  • government agencies such as drug licensing authorities

You’ll also be equipped to continue into PhD research at one of the University’s Doctoral Training Centres.

Recent graduates form this course have gained posts in GSK and Sigma-Aldrich FC.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This class aims to provide you with direct experience of continuous crystallisation and downstream processes. You'll have the opportunity to apply the underpinning knowledge gained from proceeding classes to manufacture a pharmaceutical product using continuous processes. It brings together several of the key scientific and engineering concepts introduced in other classes and culminates in the practical development and operation of continuous crystallisation, spray drying, extrusion and formulation steps. This class includes topic such as: Novel Pharmaceutical Particles and Fabrication Methods for different applications; Design processes for the formation of pharmaceutical particles; Continuous Processing and Crystallisation Technologies of Formulated Products ; Unit Operations for ‘end to end; continuous processing; Seeded cooling continuous crystallisation in Continuous Oscillatory Baffle Reactors (COBR) ; Application of in-line measurements (PAT) in a continuous process.

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

Minimum second-class Honours degree or overseas equivalent, in science or engineering along with two references (at least one academic).

University information

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