Taught course

Pharmaceutical Analysis

University of Greenwich · Department of Medway Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: An honours degree in pharmaceutical science, pharmacy or chemistry or equivalent, normally at 2.1 or above. Other qualifications may be acceptable. • Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but applicants should e-mail the programme leader before application via science-queries@gre.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is aimed at chemistry, pharmaceutical science and pharmacy graduates who are keen to widen their knowledge, ability and skills in the use of modern instrumental techniques that are used in the pharmaceutical industry. Our goal is to provide graduates with a careful blend of practical experience, instrumental theory and data analysis in order to prepare them to take leading roles, as analysts, in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The emphasis of the programme is directly placed upon “learning by doing”.

The programme stresses the underpinning advanced theory and practical use of analytical instrumentation. Much of the students' time will be devoted to practical classes and workshops dealing with data analysis and interpretation. Opportunities will be given to undertake open-ended investigations of a series of analytical problems - typical of the type encountered in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Throughout the programme the student will undertake an independent laboratory-based project which will focus upon the development and validation of an analytical procedure under the guidance of a tutor.
Students on this programme will learn, from a group of leading experts with substantial experience of work and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, the fundamentals and analytical applications of instrumental methods such as chromatographic techniques; spectroscopic techniques; thermal methods and analytical problem solving. The overall emphasis of the programme is thus firmly focused on extending the practical skills of the student and developing their skills in data analysis and interpretation.

Courses are taught via seminars that deal with theory and practical classes that provide a hands-on opportunity to use the instruments, coupled with workshops designed to develop data analysis skills.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To extend and deepen the student’s comprehension of key concepts in instrumental analysis and to provide them with an in-depth understanding of the specialised aspects of the subject area
  • To provide students with the ability to plan and carry out experiments using instrumental techniques independently; to interpret the data; assess the quality of the data and to assess the significance of the outcomes
  • To develop in the students the skill-set necessary to adapt and apply methodologies to the solution of unfamiliar problems
  • To prepare students effectively for professional employment or further studies at a doctoral level.


  • The Design and Implementation of Instrumental Analyses (15 credits)
  • Spectroscopic and Structural Techniques (30 credits)
  • Chromatographic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Thermal Methods of Analysis (15 credits)
  • Physical and Biological Techniques (15 credits)
  • Chemometrics (15 credits)
  • Analytical Problem Solving (15 credits)
  • Project (60 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000