University of Greenwich - Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice MSc

University of Greenwich

Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice MSc

Develop the enhanced skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing industries with this MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice.

This course is designed for graduates who are interested in careers in the pharmaceutical industries. The first year is spent studying the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences. You'll improve your problem-based learning through case studies, develop entrepreneurial skills, and discover the values of ethical enterprise. A second-year internship gives you the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice and gain experience in industrial laboratories, contributing to your professional development as a scientist.

You'll emerge with advanced knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, covering disciplines including drug discovery and medical chemistry as well as product development and manufacturing. Graduates are in high demand due to the combination of in-depth knowledge and skills and experience.

  • You develop skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting investigation results
  • Gain specialist knowledge of pharmaceutical science to support future developments
  • Graduates can pursue careers in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and healthcare product industries
  • You are responsible for securing your placement (with our help). But if this is not completed, you can still graduate with an award without industrial practice
  • This course is accredited by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and is taught at our Medway Campus in Kent.

Entry Requirements

  • A BSc honours degree normally at 2.2 or above or equivalent level qualification in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science.

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each skill

Career Prospects

Will I have a work placement?

The industrial year is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and experienced from your first year. The placement provides a valuable opportunity to work in state-of-the-art industrial laboratories. Combine advanced learning of leading techniques and processes with how they are applied in industry, all contributing to your professional development as a scientist.

How long is my placement?

To complete the MSc with Industrial Practice, you must complete 11 months of full-time industrial experience in addition to the 12-month taught course.


A workplace mentor supports you throughout your placement year. Your mentor helps you to set objectives and goals and ensures you receive appropriate training.

You are also allocated an academic mentor, who monitors your study progress and arranges a visit/call with you and your workplace mentor during the placement year to ensure it is running smoothly.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates should be able to find employment in a range of industrial settings, from QA/QC, drug discovery, research and development, pharmaceutical pre-formulations, formulations and production regulatory affairs.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Faculty employability team provides support and guidance. We work with a partner organisation that specialises in helping to secure an industrial placement opportunity.

However, it is your responsibility to secure a work placement in the second year. This could be with a local or international employer in a relevant industrial sector.

If a placement is not secured, it will still be possible to graduate with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences without Industrial Practice.

Course Details

Year 1

Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry (30 credits)
Colloids and Nanoparticles (15 credits)
Polymers and Structured Materials (15 credits)
Academic English for Postgraduates (Science)
Analytical Methods and QA/QC Principles (30 credits)
Modern Pharmaceutical Processing & Active Ingredient Delivery (30 credits)
Pharmaceutical and Formulation Science Research Project (60 credits)

Year 2

Industrial Practice (60 credits)
Pharmaceutical and Formulation Science Research Project (60 credits)

Year 3

Industrial Practice (60 credits)

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