Industrial Pharmaceutics MSc

Industrial Pharmaceutics MSc

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


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    Full-time: One year

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Why study this programme?

Please note: Applications for this course are currently suspended. Please contact for more information.

Our MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutics will allow you to develop a holistic knowledge of the drug development process, including quality control/assurance and regulatory science.

It is primarily designed to prepare you for a career in industry or academia. The programme will equip you with knowledge in formulations and manufacturing, in addition to the analysis required to check the quality and verify that the medication is meeting the standards of the pharmacopoeia (BP, USP, JP and others).

This course can be useful to students from various background such as Pharmacy, Chemistry, Medicine, Chemical/material Engineering, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology, and Forensic Sciences who wish to pursue a career in industry whether it is a pharmaceutical industry or chemical industry. This course can also be useful as well for formulation scientists who currently work in industries to develop their knowledge and learn more skills. 

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Entry Requirements

Students must hold one of the following:

1) A 1st or 2nd class degree of a UK university or its equivalent in chemistry, pharmacy, biology forensic science or a related subject.

2) A qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

Those applicants seeking entry with appropriate experiences will be required to demonstrate the suitability of this experience both on application and at interview.

International students should have an English language qualification, IELTS at 6.5 (no individual mark lower than 6.0), TOEFL at 600 (paper) and 250 (CBE) with a TWE of 4.

Admission with Advanced Standing: students may be able to claim exemption from individual modules where they can demonstrate an appropriate level of prior qualification or experience. This will not normally be more than 30 credits. Applications for accreditation of prior learning, whether experiential or certified, will be considered on an individual basis and applicants should initially make arrangements to discuss their case with the Course Leader at the time of application.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Research Methods Principles
  • Drug development and Discovery
  • Fundamentals of Formulation Drug Delivery and Biopharmaceutics

Semester 2

  • Research Development.
  • Nanomedicine and Biotechnology Products.
  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Industrial Practice

Semester 3

  • Research Project

Further Information

The course is delivered via a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical sessions designed to match the various learning styles and ensure a good learning experience for all students.

The course is led by industry experienced and engaged staff who provide expertise across pharmaceutical sciences and industries. Prof Robert Forbes (biopharmaceutics and nanotechnologies), Prof Kamalinder Singh (lipid-based nanoparticles), Dr Tim Snape (structural modification and chemical manipulation), Dr Leroy Shervington (plant extraction and activity detection), Dr Amina Ferraz (pulmonary drug delivery), Dr Enoche Oga (Biopharmaceutics and bioequivalence), Dr Marta Krysmann (nanoparticle formulation), Dr Mohamed Elsawy (hydrogels and peptide drug delivery), Dr Zhengyuan Zhou (polymeric nanoparticles and dendrimers), Ann Urmston (Pharmacy practice), Elaine Crombie (Medicinal Chemistry and calculations), Sarah Wilson (Health ethics) and Dr Abdullah Isreb (co-crystallisation, nanomilling, solid dispersion).

We equip our labs with a wide variety of equipment’s to provide the best learning environment and expose our students to the latest technologies.

As a student on this programme, you will be well equipped with all necessary skills to make you more attractive to companies and industries upon graduation, such as critical thinking, and problem solving in addition to a wide variety of skills such as time management, presentation skills, entrepreneurship, independent and team working abilities, in addition to literature search abilities.

Our graduates are now working in a various industries (pharmaceutical, food supplements, analysis, and chemical industry) and education institutes around the world. In addition to that, some were keen to stay and do a further degree (PhD) with our well-trained staff in order to gain more experience and knowledge.

We are keen to provide the best learning environment and experience to our students. Hence, we developed our course to provide a hands-on skills that will increase students’ experience, solidify their knowledge and distinguish our graduates from the others.

MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics


The MSc (by Research) is very similar to a PhD, but with a research project designed to take 12 months. It is not intended as a first step towards a PhD, but rather as an alternative to a PhD. There are no associated lectures, classes or written examinations. Find out more at our Faculty research website :

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

We have created a link with many pharmaceutical industries around UK. GSK is one of our supporters that send a team of their well-experienced staff to provide a whole day training for our students.

Wockhardt is a company that we have established a good link with and we have always ensured that our students get to see the industry and learn about the formulation and the manufacturing aspects from their experienced scientists.

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals is another industry that we have a close ties with and they always support our students with the best insight on the manufacturing of the liquid dosage forms and how dosage forms are designed step-by-step in their industry.

Seminars are held across the programme and are delivered by distinguished scientists from various industrial and academic institutes across the world.

Other industry links include Bristol Myers Squibb and we are continuously seeking further links with more industries in the UK and globally.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The MSc programme is delivered not only via the conventional means of face-to-face lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars, but through the use of online technologies such as videos and discussion forums. We believe this helps to integrate students’ learning into their normal daily activities.

Practical classes, problem-based-learning exercises related to industrial challenges and reflective activities throughout the course, also help develop students’ ability to solve pharmaceutical problems practically and provide students an opportunity to apply their knowledge into practice - particularly in relation to the need for appropriate formulation design and development, and how these factors affect clinical outcomes in practice.


Students are given the option to attend ‘The International Workshop on Nanomaterials in Health/Medicine’ that takes a place at UCLan. As a student on the programme you will also participate in additional training courses such as COSHH training.

Our graduates are working in various academic institutions around the world and some are working in Pharmaceutical industries in UK and overseas.

Students can continue to a PhD degree after studying this MSc. There are currently two PhD students who did the MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics course and started their PhD degree with our well-experienced staff. Past students have also been successful in securing the post of a research assistant for two years with UCLan’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

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The specifically designed Pharmaceutical Sciences laboratories have excellent facilities to carry out teaching and research in pharmaceutical sciences. For example, a single-punch tablet press and powder encapsulation equipment help provide practical experience of small scale solid dosage form manufacturing. Other specialist equipment such as coating and spray drying instrument also help enhance students’ learning experience at the University. The characterisation of various dosage forms in accordance to the BP or USP methods can also be carried out using dissolution, disintegration, friability testers etc.

Various advanced drug delivery devices for pulmonary, oral and transdermal applications are also available for both teaching and research at the School. Students would also be able to use the superb analytical instrument available at the University for their practical classes and research project.

Pharmaceutical Science Laboratories - Our School has recently spent over £500K equipping its state-of-the-art pharmaceutics laboratory facilities.

Biological Sciences Laboratories - Teaching - We have a human patient simulator called IStan which is a breathing, talking, advanced mannequin used to teach undergraduate students and like most of our equipment is of a professional industry standard.

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