Taught course

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Aston University · School of Life and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least a lower 2nd class honours degree in a life Sciences -based subject e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, chemical engineering, engineering, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biotechnology or biological chemistry from a UK University, or when outside the UK a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Despite some large pharmaceutical companies shedding personnel in the UK, the industry both abroad and in the smaller company sector still demands well-qualified graduates. The MSc in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Aston will equip graduates to make the most of these opportunities, ensuring that they are familiar with the most up-to-date manufacturing methods.

The programme is designed to equip process engineers and chemists to transfer their skills to the modern pharmaceutical sector. The programme will also allow qualified pharmacists to deepen their knowledge of pharmaceutics and develop their knowledge of modern pharmaceutical manufacturing practices. There are five taught modules in the course. This includes an introduction that focuses on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). There is also a module that develops leadership skills and entrepreneurship to equip graduates for management and consultancy. Solid Dosage form design is also taught and this is strengthened further by modules in Pharmaceutical Quality by Design (QbD) and Continuous Pharmaceutical Processing, which introduce the students to the latest practices in pharmaceutical formulation and manufacture. The students are also given a thorough grounding in Pharmaceutical Analysis, essential to implement the practices in the rest of the course. Each student will also have an individual research project in a current area of pharmaceutical production development

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+ 44 (0)121 204 3000