MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry is aimed at graduates with a BSc in Chemistry or closely related degree who wish to tailor their expertise towards jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. It will also appeal to graduates with a BSc Pharmaceutical Science who wish to pursue an Masters qualification in their field.

The main part of the postgraduate pharmaceutical chemistry degree is a work-based learning module in which you can undertake a research project, either in our specialist labs at USW or possibly as part of an industry-based work placement. Throughout the masters course, you will study formulation and medicinal chemistry, as well as industry specific topics such as quality assurance and management and a Prince 2 qualification, giving you the advanced knowledge, skills and experience to compete for sought after roles in the pharmaceutical sector. 

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

You will study the following modules (Core/Optional):

  • Advanced Separation Science
  • Advanced Formulation Science
  • Medicines: Scale-up, Formulation, and Manufacture (optional)
  • Project Management and Techniques
  • Advanced Research Topics in Chemistry (optional)
  • Quality in the Manufacture and Distribution of Medicines
  • Major Research Project, Professional Practice And Employability
  • Advanced Materials for Energy Application (optional)
  • Toxicology (optional)

Teaching

The MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry course is delivered primarily in block mode. A blended learning and teaching approach is used to provide you with key and subject specific skills. Typically all modules will consist of a mix of lectures, tutorials, and workshops/practical laboratory sessions. Students are provided with numerous learning activities including written coursework; project work; group work; practicals (with group sizes tailored to the activity); problem solving sessions; self­-study assignments; oral and poster presentations; independent study; work related learning and on-line self assessments.

The pharmaceutical chemistry course is full time for one year, and each module is generally around 48 hours of contact spread over two to three weeks. The first term is spent doing mainly taught modules, the second term is for the work placement/project.

 

Research-informed teaching

The majority of chemistry research at USW is concerned with the development and application of new catalytic entities, particularly within the field of renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing processes. The ongoing development and application of novel chemical entities, which strongly impacts many areas of our everyday life, is a critical factor in the continued competitiveness of our society. The wider scope of our chemistry research encompass those areas of solid oxide fuel cells, computational chemistry, analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical formulation and natural product syntheses.

Assessment

Assessments are undertaken on an individual, pair or small group basis, and include:

  • Formal unseen closed-book examinations
  • In-class tests
  • Laboratory/practical reports and skills
  • Oral presentations
  • Themed portfolios of work
  • Essays and dissertations
  • Computer assignments
  • Project work including planning, conducting, documenting and reporting
  • Overall monitoring of safe practice in the laboratory

 

Placements

Your 10-week project may see you working in industry or alongside an industrial supervisor in our own labs at USW.

Companies that have provided our students with both placements and formal employment include Nanopharm; PCI ServicesZorba FoodsSimbecMidatechAnimax UKDow CorningOrtho Clinical Diagnostic; Norgine; Cat Sci; 3M Healthcare; Norgine; Cogent Power; Humiseal; Eurocaps and Bob Martin.

Lecturers

  • Dr Rehana Karim, course leader
  • Dr Ryszard Babecki
  • Dr Natasha Galea
  • Dr Gareth Owen
  • Darren Evans
  • Prof Tony Davies
  • Dr Andrew Graham
  • Dr Paul Jones
  • Dr Suzy Kean

 

2:2 BSc (Hons) degree in either Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Science or a degree which includes chemistry. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

 

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit / equipment
Students are encouraged to equip themselves with a suitable cotton laboratory coat, suitable for working in a chemical laboratory, and a pair of personal protective laboratory goggles, although the School does provide these items. Students who are successful in securing an industry-based project may, in a small number of cases, be required to purchase additional personal protective equipment as specified by the specific organisation or company.
Bench fees * £1000
Externally payable fees £500 - £1000
PRINCE2 training course.
Placement
Students who successfully secure a placement in industry to complete their major research project would be expected to pay their own travel costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement.

Funding

 

Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.

 

USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount

 

Apply directly to the University for the MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry course.

The MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry course provides training either for employment or for continued studies such as a PhD. You will be well equipped to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry or in other roles in the life science sector which also includes the biotechnological industries. Students will also be attractive to employers in the chemical industries.

You will also develop a wide range of essential and transferable skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, organisation, and information communication. As such, graduates can go on to find employment in alternate disciplines such as teaching, management, law, finance, and business.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.