Pharmaceutical Technology and Medicines Control

MSc


Full-time

2018

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Entry requirements

Acceptance to this Master’s programme requires a first degree with Honours or equivalent (2: 2) in a relevant area such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences.

For North American students a GPA of normally 2.5 and above on a scale of 4.0 is required, or equivalent.

Candidates with certain two year’s work experience and a degree below the 2:2 will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your native language is not English, you will need to pass a test in English approved by the University before you can be admitted. The International English Language Testing System test (IELTS) administered by the British Council is the test which is preferred by the University.

You will need to achieve an overall score of at least 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take the test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

Alternative English language tests include:

  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A), for which you will need to achieve an overall score of at least 55, with at least 51 in each of the four sub-tests
  • TOEFL, for which you will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test, with sub-tests not less than Speaking 20, Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

Learning and assessment

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to engage you in developing your subject knowledge and understanding including:

  • formal lectures
  • laboratory practicals
  • demonstrations
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • laboratory investigations
  • critical appraisal
  • coursework assignments
  • directed study

The programme will progress from structured learning led by lectures and practicals, through to more seminar-based learning and to the individual research-based dissertation and project.

Different methods of assessment will be used as appropriate to the learning outcomes, including written examinations, oral presentations, experimental coursework reports, and, most importantly, an MSc dissertation.

Facilities

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You will have access to sophisticated state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for practical classes and MSc projects. These include:

Processing Technology

  • Hot melt extrusion
  • Spray drying
  • Freeze drying
  • Nanomilling

Characterisation techniques

  • X-ray diffraction
  • Thermal analysis [Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)]
  • Range of spectroscopic instruments such as NMR spectrometers, infrared, near-infrared spectrometers Scanning electron microscope (SEM)

Separation Technologies

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas and liquid chromatography
  • Liquid chromatography– mass spectrometry (LC-MS)

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Research

This programme is mainly delivered by the Medicines Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences (MDPS) research group. The academics within this MDPS research group are also associated with one or more cross-departmental and cross-faculty research groups and centres. The major research themes of the group are within pharmaceutical sciences and medicines development.

The strong research component of the course provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your scientific creativity and originality in applying your new-found knowledge and skills to develop ideas that are essential to the good pharmaceutical scientist.

Several students have published their research work in high quality journals. Papers published by MSc Pharmaceutical Technology students include:

  • M.KH. AL-Jammal, Y. Al ayoub, K.H. Assi., (2015). “Development and Validation of Microemulsion High Performance Liquid Chromatography (MELC) Method for the Determination of Nifedipine in Pharmaceutical Preparation’’, Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta, 6, 347.
  • O. Mahmah, R. Tabbakh, A. Kelly, A. Paradkar., (2014). “A comparative study of the effect of spray drying and hot-melt extrusion on the properties of amorphous solid dispersions containing felodipine’’, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 66, 275-284.
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.