Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science Diploma, MSc, PG certificate

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
2-5 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:



in the UK for Chemistry

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Member of €13M Commission Horizon 2020 Research Project


£17M STEMLab facility



Our popular and industry-relevant Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related disciplines who wish to contribute to drug development and analysis, a process which requires multidisciplinary skills.

The MSc programme in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science 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 Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science programme can also be studied part-time over a period of 2-5 years.

The School of Science has invested £0.5 million in new equipment for the new £17 million STEM teaching lab facility that this programme will be taught in.
You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and bench-p 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 MSc Chemical Sciences programmes at Loughborough were ranked above the sector average on all 9 units of assessment in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. These programmes attract students from all over the world with students from a wide range of different countries including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India.

What makes this programme different?

  • Opportunity for a Research Training Project
  • Industry placement option available
  • New £17 million STEM teaching lab facility
  • Access to a broad range of Scientific instrumentation

Who should study this programme?

If you wish to contribute to the drug development and analysis, a process which requires multidisciplinary skills, our Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science programme is ideal.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

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


Compulsory and optional modules are taught during two semesters (October to February and February to June) and are assessed by a combination of coursework and/or formal examinations. The Research Training Project is based either on placement in industry or with a research group in the Chemistry Department. Your research project commences in May and continues through until September.

Compulsory modules

Research Methods (15 credits)

Literature searching in chemical or environmental science; statistical evaluation of data in analytical science and transferable skills useful for personal and professional development.

Separation Techniques (15 credits)

Methods and application of the principal analytical separation techniques, including gas and liquid chromatography, electrophoretic techniques, and their applications in pharmaceutical, bioanalysis, environmental, food and related areas.

Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)

Processes involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs; kinetic modelling of these processes, test systems available and application of this information to drug development.

Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis (15 credits)

Instrumental methods for analysis of inorganic and organic materials, including: X-ray powder diffraction; IR, Raman, UV-Vis, fluorescence, NMR; thermal methods (combustion analysis, TG, DTA, DSC); interpretation of mass spectra. Principles, problem-solving and determining structures from mixed sets of spectroscopic data.

Professional Skills and Dissertation (30 credits)

Information retrieval, preparation of a dissertation (literature review) and project planning in preparation for project module; health and safety; the analytical process; quality systems overview: ISO 9000, ISO 17025, GLP; quality assurance; auditing; proficiency testing; intellectual property.

Research Project (60 credits)

Student specific research training project focussed on the discipline in the award title, including planning and execution of a research or development work programme designed to address specified aims as agreed with the project supervisor, based in industry or at the University.

Optional modules (choose two)

Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques (15 credits)

Principles of molecular and elemental mass spectrometry, combined chromatography-mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry, and their applications in bioanalytical science and proteomics.

Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis (15 credits)

Processes involved in the design and development of drugs; case studies of drug discovery and development, evolution of synthetic routes, molecular targets for drugs and how interactions with them induce their effects; experimental methods to detect and quantify potentially useful activities in new chemical entities.

Sensors (15 credits)

The methods, components and applications of chemical sensors, including electrochemical sensors, biosensors and technologies based upon emerging nano structures and materials.

Innovations in Analytical Science (15 credits)

Literature review and presentation on a recent innovation in analytical science and its impact on the scientific landscape.

Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry (15 credits)

Literature review and presentation on a recent innovation in medicinal chemistry and its impact on the scientific landscape.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

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

The Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science MSc 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.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Alliance Boots, Process Technologist
  • British Gypsum, Project Technologist
  • CRF Health, Project Assistant
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Analytical Scientist
  • Institute of Quality Inspection & Technical Research – China, Analyst
  • King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, Research Associate
  • Minerva Scientific, Senior Analyst
  • Nemaura Pharma Ltd, Development Scientist
  • Quotient Clinical, Manufacturing Scientist
  • Reckitt Benckiser, Analytical Assistant
  • University of Cambridge, Scientific Officer

Your personal development

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

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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