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Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice, MSc

Develop the enhanced skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing industries with this MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice.

This course is designed for graduates who are interested in careers in the pharmaceutical industries. The first year is spent studying the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences. You'll improve your problem-based learning through case studies, develop entrepreneurial skills, and discover the values of ethical enterprise. A second-year internship gives you the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice and gain experience in industrial laboratories, contributing to your professional development as a scientist.

You'll emerge with advanced knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, covering disciplines including drug discovery and medical chemistry as well as product development and manufacturing. Graduates are in high demand due to the combination of in-depth knowledge and skills and experience.

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September and January

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What you should know about this course

  • You develop skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting investigation results.
  • Gain specialist knowledge of pharmaceutical science to support future developments.
  • You’ll complete a reflective assessment about the professional developments achieved during your second-year internship.
  • Graduates can pursue careers in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and healthcare product industries.

What you will study

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About the course team

Our programme team and other contributors to the course are globally recognised specialists in their fields. Colleagues from industry deliver guest lectures each year as well as industry-relevant teaching sessions and seminars.

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Entry requirements

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Applicants should have:

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.2 or above or equivalent level qualification in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science.

OR substantial workplace experience.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but applicants should e-mail the Programme Leader via fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

This course is taught by lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises, with the use of practical case studies. You'll gain teamwork experience to simulate an industrial setting as well as the critical thinking and problem-solving abilities which are important for modern pharmaceutical processes.

Class sizes

For specialist modules, our classes are usually limited to 6 students in lab sessions and 20 in lectures. This helps to create familiarity between students and staff and ensure a great learning experience. The modules that run across several courses can have larger classes sizes, which are typically broken down into smaller groups.

Independent learning

Our courses are designed to give you the space for exploratory and independent study. You'll work towards individual and group assignments and undertake the preparation/follow-up work associated with lectures, seminars, integrative assignments and laboratory classes.

We encourage students to take advantage of a range of related extra-curricular opportunities available within the university and elsewhere.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

For the industrial practice module, you are expected to study for around 600 hours during the placement - around 13 hours a week in addition to the time spent at work. That is generally the minimum amount of time you will need to spend reading, note taking and writing to cover the necessary material and produce the assessment. If English is not your first language, it may take longer to cover the same amount of material.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as:

  • Classroom presentations, discussions and case-studies
  • Critical reviews, looking at new areas of research
  • Examinations.

Students will also be expected to complete a reflective assessment about the professional development achieved through the internship.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June. 

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The industrial year is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and experienced from your first year. The placement provides a valuable opportunity to work in state-of-the-art industrial laboratories. Combine advanced learning of leading techniques and processes with how they are applied in industry, all contributing to your professional development as a scientist.

How long is my placement?

To complete the MSc with Industrial Practice, you must complete 11 months of full-time industrial experience in addition to the 12-month taught course.

Mentors

A workplace mentor supports you throughout your placement year. Your mentor helps you to set objectives and goals and ensures you receive appropriate training. 

You are also allocated an academic mentor, who monitors your study progress and arranges a visit/call with you and your workplace mentor during the placement year to ensure it is running smoothly.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates should be able to find employment in a range of industrial settings, from QA/QC, drug discovery, research and development, pharmaceutical pre-formulations, formulations and production regulatory affairs.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Faculty employability team provides support and guidance. We work with a partner organisation that specialises in helping to secure an industrial placement opportunity. 

However, it is your responsibility to secure a work placement in the second year. This could be with a local or international employer in a relevant industrial sector. 

If a placement is not secured, it will still be possible to graduate with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences without Industrial Practice.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Every student is allocated a named personal tutor from the teaching team, who will also act as a mentor as appropriate. The core teaching team has a well-established tutorial process at postgraduate level. The course leader will introduce each student to his/her personal tutor and full contact details and office hour information will be provided. Workplace mentors are also allocated in the second year.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

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