Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Pharmaceutical Technology

Kingston University · Pharmacy and Chemistry

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in chemistry, pharmacy, life science or a related subject. Applicants with alternative qualifications will also need appropriate experience. Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s). Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

Months of entry


Course content

If you would like to develop the knowledge and skill set to take on any number of roles associated with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product development then this course is ideal for you. The taught modules will give you an insight into preformulation, formulation and the regulation of medicines enabling you to take on a variety of roles within industry including marketing, sales, production, public relations, regulatory affairs, process development, medical statistics and clinical trial organisations.

What will you study

You will learn about a broad range of formulations and pharmaceutical technologies through the use of examples and case studies along with the underpinning science. You will be given hands-on experience in a number of preformulation and formulation technologies. Clinical trials and other aspects of regulatory affairs, including those covering biotechnological products will be covered in an integrated manner. Employability has been embedded into the course and the varied assessment strategies reflect this. Our study skills centre and the use of formative (practice) assessments are intended to give you the opportunity to develop communication, computing and other key skills.

Available modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

  • Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology

    The module is intended to ensure that students are aware of the processes by which a drug is formulated into a medicine. It examines the effect that formulation decisions have on the safety, efficacy and quality of medicines, and on the pharmaceutical industry's business model. It includes the principles of pharmaceutical analysis and the application of pharmaceutical analytical techniques (both routine and non-routine) for the design, process- and quality-control of manufactured pharmaceuticals and process-intermediates. It is designed to enable students to review instrumentation choices when confronted with pharmaceutical issues and to select the appropriate tool(s). It also looks at the emerging quality assurance concepts of process analytical technology and quality by design. The module aims are:

    • To analyse aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing including process analysis.
    • To extend the students' knowledge of total quality management and apply it to the analytical laboratory in the pharmaceutical industry.
    • To provide current examples of the applications of the techniques studied in this course specifically to pharmaceutical problems.
  • Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines

    This module introduces you to the different phases and types of clinical trials and the associated legal, regulatory and ethical issues. This includes statistical data analyses and how to manage and review clinical trial data in relation to evidence-based medicine. The technology and application of the manufacture of various medicine formulations are discussed and the place of biotechnological products introduced. The module also covers elements of medicines regulation with particular reference to the UK and European Union. Regulations are dealt with both within a general framework and specific areas including manufacturing, dealing with specialist products, regulation in clinical use, and licensing. The module aims are:

    • To develop an understanding of the testing of medicines and medical devices in human volunteers and patients, and role of statistics and clinical data management.
    • To facilitate review of results from drugs under test or in therapeutic use, to make judgement of these data and to make valid recommendations or warnings where appropriate.
    • To enable students to undertake detailed review of the progress of medicinal products from instigation to patient.
    • To allow design of improved systems of production, testing and control of medicaments including the different types of clinical trial.
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and Formulation

    This module is a core module of the Pharmaceutical Technology MSc. It is designed to enable students to apply formulation knowledge to liquid and semisolid preparations. The module also gives practical experience of sterile formulation. It is designed to enable students to apply formulation knowledge to biotechnology products and to develop knowledge of specialist formulation techniques. The aims are:

    • To apply practical expertise in techniques of aseptic formulation and manufacture, particularly injectable preparations and evaluate the operational procedures necessary in sterile production units.
    • To synthesise strategies to improve the (chemical and microbial) stability of a variety of preparations
    • To critically analyse drug targeting and biotechnologies and the impact of these subject areas on current and future drug therapy.
    • To evaluate the formulation, characterization and performance of advanced dosage forms designed for specific routes of drug administration.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. Read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/pharmaceutical-technology-msc/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931