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MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics

Academic Year 2019/20

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

PMY-MSC-IP

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100251

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Calendar Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Pharmacy

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Pharmacy (MPharm)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

A concession was granted to allow a formal examination to take place outside the designated assessment period.

Programme Specific Regulations

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The primary aim of the MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics is to prepare students for careers within the pharmaceutical industry, equipping them with the ability to apply their knowledge, research experience and critical perspectives to a range of roles. The programme will provide students with an advanced level of knowledge and practical skills in pharmaceutical formulation, manufacturing, and analysis. Students will also gain an excellent understanding of underlying scientific principles, regulatory and quality frameworks and project management. Through planning and undertaking a substantial research project, either within the School’s cutting-edge research facilities or on placement with an industry partner, students will gain invaluable experience that will prepare them to tackle scientific challenges in their future employment or studies. The transferrable skills they will acquire, such as teamworking, leadership, project management and communication skills, will also ready students for a broader range of graduate opportunities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate their own work, and that of others, including current research in industrial pharmaceutics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, literature review, research project, self-directed reading, feedback from formative assessments

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Oral presentation
Dissertation

Solve complex problems and systematically apply theory to laboratory practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Written examination
Dissertation

Collate, interpret and analyse data obtained from experimental investigations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, formative feedback, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Dissertation

Make sound scientific judgements in the absence of complete data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Literature review, practical classes, formative feedback, workshops, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Dissertation

Formulate and test hypotheses, informed by a comprehensive understanding of current practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a high degree of specialised knowledge in industrial pharmaceutics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Literature review, self-directed reading, practical classes, industrial case study, quality assurance portfolio, research project, formative feedback

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Oral presentation
Written assignments
Computational assignment
Written examinations
Dissertation

Describe key aspects of project management, leadership and entrepreneurship

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Oral presentation

Discuss the principal areas of analytical science relevant to the pharmaceutical and related industries

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, industrial case study

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Laboratory reports
Written examination

Discuss the application of fundamental scientific principles to formulation development and manufacture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, industrial case study

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Laboratory reports
Written examination

Interpret and discuss the regulatory, ethical, and quality assurance frameworks that govern pharmaceutical development and manufacture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, industrial case study, quality assurance portfolio

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Oral presentation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Design and develop a wide range of pharmaceutical formulations and problem-solve issues associated with their production

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, industrial case study, research project

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Practical assessment
Dissertation

Plan, conduct and manage a high-quality research project in industrial pharmaceutics, demonstrating proficiency in the techniques and procedures required

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, self-directed reading, research project and associated formative feedback

Methods of Assessment

Practical assessment Dissertation

Design suitable experimental procedures, selecting and using appropriate equipment and techniques relevant to industrial pharmaceutics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, industrial case study, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Computational assignment
Oral presentation
Dissertation

Implement proficient practical and instrumental skills to appropriately characterise and analyse a range of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical materials and formulations in a good laboratory practice (GLP) environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, research project

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Dissertation
Practical assessment

Apply a critical understanding of physiochemical properties in the manufacturing and evaluation of solid dosage forms

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, practical classes, research project

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Dissertation

Implement appropriate quality assurance tools within a quality by design framework, and critically evaluate their use

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, quality assurance portfolio

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate clear and effective written and oral communication skills, through the production of high quality work, including scientific reports and a dissertation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, group discussions, individual and group presentations, research project and associated formative supervisor feedback, self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Oral presentations
Written examinations
Computational assignment
Dissertation

Manage time effectively and prioritise activities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, group discussions, practical classes, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Dissertation

Demonstrate information technology skills, and associated advanced numeracy and statistical analysis skills, including:
- Conducting literature searches and obtaining information from diverse sources.
- Use of relevant statistical software to select appropriate methods for the advanced statistical manipulation of data.
- Use of software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office suite) to present scientific information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, literature review, workshops, research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Oral presentations
Written examinations
Computational assignment
Dissertation

Work as part of a team

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group discussions, working with course colleagues on laboratory activities, recording minutes, workshops and group presentations

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Oral presentations
Practical assessments

Demonstrate personal initiative, decision-making, and problem-solving skills in a good laboratory practice (GLP) environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, research project

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Dissertation

Identify and assess risk within a working environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, research project

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Oral presentation
Dissertation

Demonstrate the self-directed, independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project, self-directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports
Written assignments
Oral presentations
Written examinations
Dissertation

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Research Methods and Data Management

PMY8110

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Formulation of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Products

PMY8111

1

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

30%

50%

Characterisation Methods for Pharmaceutical Products

PMY8112

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies

PMY8113

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

30%

50%

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

PMY8114

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Leadership and Project Management

PMY8115

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Project

PMY8116

1

60

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

An exception has been approved by the Academic Year Programme Implementation Group to permit a January examination to occur