Pharmaceutical Analysis


The Masters (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Analysis at Queen's University Belfast is taught jointly between the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Pharmacy by leading experts in the field.

Advanced Training in Chemical Analysis

The overall aim of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector. We provide students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment.

Practical | Hands-On | Project-Based

Our industrial partners have influenced the course structure, to tell us what they need from the latest analytical graduates. We have guest lectures from industry to tell you about the issues they face out in the field.

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You will also receive hands-on training on state-of-the-art separation techniques, such as HPLC/MS and GC/MS, in the purpose-built Pharmaceutical Analysis lab designed in partnership with Agilent, a world-leading instrument manufacturer.

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Employment Focused

There is currently a high demand, both locally and internationally, for graduates with analytical skills in this sector.
MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

This programme is designed to prepare students for employment as analysts in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

Many of our previous students have gone on to work for companies such as: Almac; Randox; Norbrook; Actavis (formerly Warner-Chilcott)

"Recent years have seen an exponential increase in the demand for highly-skilled analytical scientists, both in industry and academia. This course offers advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector." Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis, Course Director

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

The Perfect Balance

The course is all about balancing theory and practice. You’ll hear from practitioners as well as academics. You’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work, and a foot in the door with those companies, who are always interested in Queen’s graduates.

World-Class Facilities

You’ll learn the theory behind state-of-the-art analytical techniques and have an opportunity to practice your skills using the most modern instrumentation. Brand new laboratory facilities for teaching and research, with cutting-edge Agligent instrumentation - have opened in 2018.

Research-Focused Academics

Our teaching staff have backgrounds in advanced analytical and materials chemistry, with research covering: plastic antibodies; environmental clean-up; food production waste; Removal of heavy metals from waste water.

Broad Career Options

In five years, you might be working as a laboratory analyst or senior analyst, in quality assurance or quality control or in an industrial R&D facility. You could also be managing graduate recruits of your own, signing off the analysis and the quality of drugs and releasing batches into the world.