Taught course

Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science

Loughborough University · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

As the demand for new pharmaceutical solutions to medical needs continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled chemists with the ability to contribute to drug development and analysis. Our popular and industry-relevant pharmaceutical science degree is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related disciplines who wish to work in this fascinating and important field.

Through a broad range of core and optional modules, you will be able to build essential multidisciplinary skills and deepen your understanding of key pharmaceutical science concepts, whilst developing vital research and professional skills.

Your studies will be enhanced by the recent investment in new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teaching lab facilities and equipment, as well as the cutting-edge insights of our academic staff. You will have access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

The programme is taught via a combination of self-learning and short courses with practical laboratory sessions and formal assessment by coursework and examination. There are a range of optional modules to choose from in addition to the compulsory modules which all MSc students take. The programme runs for a full calendar year, starting at the beginning of October and completing at the end of September the following year. The programme can also be studied part-time over a period of 2-5 years.

As a student on the programme you will join an inspiring international community typically comprised of students from a wide range of countries, including China, Nigeria, Oman, USA, UK, Brunei, Latvia and India.

Who should study this programme?

This programme is perfect for students seeking to understand the principles and procedures used in the analytical process, as well as the theory and application of key analytical techniques employed in pharmaceutical science, medicinal science and environmental science. It will equip you with the multidisciplinary skills that are essential to work in the field of drug development and analysis, including professional and transferable skills.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course may be taken as an MSc, PGDip or PGCert.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222685