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.
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.
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
- Carbohydrate Chemistry
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
- 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)
- 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)
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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
- poster presentation
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:
- food and drinks
- liquid crystals
- advance materials engineering
- 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.