MRes

Pharmaceutical Analysis

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2018, September 2018 and January 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time

Develop and further your knowledge of pharmaceutical analysis on this accredited Masters course which includes a substantial research-led project.

This Pharmaceutical Analysis Masters course will allow you to study the complexities of organic synthesis, synthesis of biologically important molecules and NMR spectra, and develop concepts of analytical chemistry applied to the detection and analysis of drugs.

You'll be taught by our Chemistry team who are comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Our teaching and your satisfaction are very important to us and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work. So feel assured you will have a supportive education here at NTU with our 'open door' policy.

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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What you'll study

You will undertake four modules which will include an extensive research project. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

  • Modules

    Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds (20 cp) - Develop knowledge in the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules. Topics include: retrosynthetic analysis and total synthesis of biologically important molecules; the controlled formation of C-C bonds and functional group transformations; and structure elucidation of complex molecules.

    Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening (20 cp) - Study analysis methods including IR and NMR spectroscopic techniques, GC / HPLC, related hyphenated techniques, and immunoassays. Other areas include spectroscopy, chromatography, multivariate data processing, biophysics and related disciplines to the analytical chemistry of drugs and drug containing materials.

    Research Methods and Independent Study (20 cp) This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources including relevant IT packages.

    Research Project (120 cp) - You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. Design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster and a written thesis.

    Research project areas such as:

    • illicit drug profiling
    • synthesis and characterisation of anti-malarial
    • analysis of drug-receptor interactions
    • Drug delivery devices
    • MRI contrast agents
    • Peptide-mineral interactions
    • Biomineralisation
    • Carbohydrate Chemistry
    • Asymmetric Synthesis
    • Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
    • Multiplexing
    • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    • Fluorescence Microscopy
    • X-ray diffraction
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • enhance your communication skills
    • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
    • boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • What equipment do we have?

    As well as working and studying under the direction of world leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff you will gain hands on experience of a variety of modern instrumentation including:

    • multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR)
    • mass spectrometry
    • transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
    • scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
    • high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

This programme is delivered by a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials, together with laboratory classes and an in depth laboratory based research project.

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

  • written exam
  • oral presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • thesis.

Careers and employability

The pharmaceutical and chemical industry is a well-established market growing globally. There is a steady increase in international employment opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymers
  • food and drinks
  • liquid crystals
  • advance materials engineering
  • defence
  • teaching
  • finance and sales

Many graduates choose to undertake further study and this course provides a good basis for progressing onto a PhD.

This Pharmaceutical Analysis postgraduate degree does not currently offer placements.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in chemistry related subject including forensic science, pharmacology and pharmacy
  • applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in chemistry related subject including forensic science, pharmacology and pharmacy
  • applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • we accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £3,250 per year

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £3,900 per year

Please see our fees and funding page for details and scholarships.

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our fees and funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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