Taught course

Pharmaceutical Technology and Medicines Control

University of Bradford · Bradford School of Pharmacy

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The pharmaceutical industry is a competitive sector and is seeking high calibre individuals with an advanced pharmaceutical sciences background, who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about the use of advanced manufacturing processes within the pharmaceutical field. The programme is designed to provide you with the skills to allow you to excel in the pharmaceutical field and the opportunity to become a key member of a pharmaceutical development team. The interdisciplinary postgraduate MSc Pharmaceutical Technology programme has been developed to meet the current and future requirements of the global pharmaceutical industry. It will prepare you for a competitive career or further postgraduate research studies.

At Bradford, you'll benefit from:
An interdisciplinary approach to broaden your horizons and improve your professional abilities
Hands-on experience of using pharmaceutical particle technologies such as hot melt extrusion, spray drying, freeze drying, nanomilling and characterisation techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, particle size analysis, NIR, NMR, Raman spectroscopy and online rheology
Hands-on experience of pharmaceutical processes and product design
Use of a wide range of facilities for practical classes, and research projects where you will have access to sophisticated state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment
Involvement in applied research projects, which are supervised by leaders in the areas of pharmaceutical research
Industrial visits to pharmaceutical companies including big Pharma in the UK, which give you the opportunity to interact with pharmaceutical industrial experts.
Wider benefits associated with joining the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences include:
Research underpins and informs much of our teaching in the School of Pharmacy. Our excellence in research was highlighted in the recent Research Excellence Framework (UK) assessment, in which 92% of our highlighted research was classified as internationally excellent or world leading
The School of Pharmacy is known for translating research into technology and products, and is responsible for a number of spin-out companies including Bradford Particle Design, Lena Nanoceutics Ltd and CrystecPharma
The School of Pharmacy has strong links with pharmaceutical companies and research institutes of global repute
Graduates from our courses have an excellent employment record, and Pharmacy alumni have risen to be leaders in pharmaceutical organisations and businesses in the UK and around the world
This programme enables you to develop a comprehensive understanding and knowledge in pharmaceutical formulation development and its underpinning science, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical process technology.
Notable features include theoretical and practical aspects of advanced analytical methods such as mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography (LC) or gas chromatography (GC) combined with tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) detection. Furthermore, you will gain hands-on experience of characterisation techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, NIR, NMR, and Raman spectroscopy.
The programme will also facilitate the development of professional skills such as good laboratory practice, as well as transferable skills.

Information for international students

Suitable for international students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Khaled Assi