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Pharmaceutical Analysis

Course Details
You’ll learn the theory behind state-of-the-art analytical techniques and have an opportunity to practice your skills using the most modern instrumentation.

You’ll be trained on techniques such as:
• Liquid and gas chromatography (HPLC, GC)
• Mass spectrometry (MS)
• Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA)
• X-ray crystallography (PXRD, XRD)
• Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

You will also receive training on QA/QC aspects of the Pharmaceutical Industry. For your research project, you’ll spend 2-3 months in a laboratory. You have the option to do this in industry, for example in Almac.

Overview
Acquire the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience for a career as a Pharmaceutical Analyst in Industry or Academia.

Who are you?
You are probably a recent physical or life sciences graduate – chemistry, pharmacy and biology.

But you could equally be in work and want to develop your professional skills. If you are, we offer this course part-time as well, one day per week.

Why study this course?
Our industrial partners are always telling us they need people like you. Analysts are among the most sought after professionals with some of the highest employability rates.

Why queen's?
• Our industrial partners have influenced the course structure, to tell us what they need from the latest analytical graduates.
• We have guest lectures from industry to tell you about the issues they face, out in the field.
• Employability is a major perk of the course. Ireland, north and south, is a major hub for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Chemistry, Pharmacy or a closely allied subject.

Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
• See Also The Into Graduate Diploma In Finance Which Combines Academic Study, Intensive English Language Teaching And Study Skills To Prepare You For Entry Into A University Masters Degree.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoons.

The course accommodates both full-time and employed part-time students.

Lectures/ practical will be run over a single day each week to accommodate day-release schemes. Teaching may be available outside normal teaching hours to support employed part-time students.

Contact Teaching Hours (per week):
Full-time: 12-20 hours
Part-time: 8-12 hours

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

Contact time:
Lectures / Seminars 56 hrs.
Laboratory / Workshop classes 48 hrs.

Study time:
Coursework 50 hrs
Preparation of written/oral reports 96 hrs.
Private study / revision 150 hrs.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This programme is designed to prepare students for employment as analysts in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

There is currently a high demand, both locally and internationally, for graduates with analytical skills in this sector.

Where you might be in five years' time?
• You might be working as a laboratory analyst or senior analyst, in quality assurance or quality control or in an industrial R&D facility.
• You could be managing graduate recruits of your own, signing off the analysis and the quality of drugs and releasing batches into the world.
• You could study further towards obtaining a PhD and continue towards an academic career.

The main focus of this degree is pharmaceutical analysis, but your training could open up career pathways in other areas, such as the food industry or environmental protection.

Employers
Many of our previous students have gone on to work for companies such as:
• Almac
• Randox
• Norbrook
• Actavis (formerly Warner-Chilcott)

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4515
Email: p.manesiotis@qub.ac.uk
www: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/

Subjects taught

Modules
The course comprises four taught modules, two of which will run during the entire academic year (Sept-May) and two semester-long modules; the first running Sept-Jan and the second Feb-May.
• Advanced Separation Science: (Sept-Jan) will cover the most important separation techniques relevant to the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as method validation, stability of pharmaceutical compounds and sample preparation methods (20 CATS points).
• Chemical, Biochemical and Spectroscopic Analytical Methods: (Sept-May) will cover the majority of modern spectroscopic techniques and their applications in pharmaceutical analysis as well as aspects of GMP and GLP (40 CATS points).
• Solid State Pharmaceutical Analysis Methods: (Sept - May) will discuss a series of solid state characterisation techniques and their application in pharmaceutical analysis (40 CATS points).

These three modules include a large number of practical sessions, which involve conduct of experimental work using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and instrumentation, literature search and preparation of scientific reports.
• Quality Assurance/Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry: (Feb-May) will cover QA and QC aspects of the Pharmaceutical Industry (20 CATS points) and is assessed exclusively by class tests and group assignments.

During the summer semester (June-September) the students will undertake a laboratory based research project with an accompanying dissertation.

The research project will provide training in how to tackle a research problem in chemistry and will include a strong emphasis on the development of critical thinking, analysis of data and independent research.

Indicative number of modules per semester
• Full-time: Two Modules
• Part-time: One Module

List of indicative programme modules
• Advanced Separation Science
• Chemical, Biochemical and Spectroscopic Analytical Methods
• Solid State Pharmaceutical Analysis Methods
• Quality Assurance/Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry
• Research Project

Comment

Did you know?
This programme is taught jointly between the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Pharmacy by leading experts in the field.

Assessment method

A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment and a dissertation thesis based on a three-month research project.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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