This programme is unique as it combines the study of pharmaceutical technology, including pharmaceutical sciences, and medicines control.
It has been designed to provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge of sciences that are related to disciplines in pharmaceutical sciences and give you the skills you need for laboratory work in this area.
These disciplines include the development of pharmaceutical formulation, with particular emphasis on the technology used in the pharmaceutical process and the development and production of medicines. This focus leads to an emphasis on the processes and procedures for clinical trials that are needed for licensing and regulation.
Medicines control is an important element of this programme. It encompasses drug regulations, drug licensing, drug testing, and safety. You will learn about the key processes involved in structured enforcement and inspection standards through the application of quality assurance. You will also gain knowledge and develop skills related to pharmaceutical supply chains and pharmacovigilance, including the safe and proper use of medicines.
You'll also have opportunities for hands-on experience in applying analytical and characterisation techniques such as liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) combined with tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) detection, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and near-infrared (NIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy.
We are ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.
Acceptance to this Master’s programme requires a first degree with Honours or equivalent (2: 2) in a relevant area such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences.
For North American students a GPA of normally 2.5 and above on a scale of 4.0 is required, or equivalent.
Candidates with certain two year’s work experience and a degree below the 2:2 will also be considered.
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you will need to pass a test in English approved by the University before you can be admitted. The International English Language Testing System test (IELTS) administered by the British Council is the test which is preferred by the University.
You will need to achieve an overall score of at least 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take the test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.
Alternative English language tests include:
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A), for which you will need to achieve an overall score of at least 55, with at least 51 in each of the four sub-tests
TOEFL, for which you will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test, with sub-tests not less than Speaking 20, Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
The programme structure is modular and the taught components run over two semesters (September to January then late-January to May), with the research project taking place between May and August.
In the first semester, you will take three core modules worth 60 credits. In the second semester, you will take two core modules (which constitute 40 credits) and you will have the choice of two option modules (worth a further 20 credits). The research project is worth 60 credits.
Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.
The science of Solid Dosage Forms & Advanced Pharmaceutical Technologies (PHA7007-B)
Quality Assurance and Medicine Safety (PHA7051-B)
Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHA7005-B)
Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD) (PHA7050-B)
Research Project (PHA7011-E)
Fundamentals of Drug Delivery (PHA6005-B)
Solid Analysis (CFS7026-B)
Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry (CFS7027-B)
Management of Global Pharmaceutical Supply (PHA7049-B)
Learning and assessment
A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to engage you in developing your subject knowledge and understanding including:
The programme will progress from structured learning led by lectures and practicals, through to more seminar-based learning and to the individual research-based dissertation and project.
Different methods of assessment will be used as appropriate to the learning outcomes, including written examinations, oral presentations, experimental coursework reports, and, most importantly, an MSc dissertation.
You will have access to sophisticated state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for practical classes and MSc projects. These include:
Thermal analysis [Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)]
The range of spectroscopic instruments such as NMR spectrometers, infrared, near-infrared spectrometers Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Gas and liquid chromatography
Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
Fees, finance and scholarships
Home/EU: £8,570 per year
International: £19,890 per year
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Graduates from our MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Medicines Control programme progress into PhD research and employment in the pharmaceutical industry in various areas such as formulation and drug development, manufacture and production, pharmaceutical analysis, quality assurance and quality control.
The programme enhances graduate employment prospects, and opens up opportunities in government regulatory agencies, drug procurement and distribution centres.
Recent graduates have secured positions such as:
Pharmaceutical Scientist and Lab analyst at Abbott, United Kingdom
Regulatory Officer at the Food & Drug Board, Ghana
Pharmaceutical Scientist, Analytical Research Department at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan
Assistant Lecturer, Garyounis University, Libya
Awarded studentships from universities in the UK to undertake PhD studies:
Mohamad Al Jammal: undertaking PhD studies in the area of skin drug delivery, University of Huddersfield
Ammar Almajaan: undertaking PhD studies in the area of solid dispersion at the School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast
Amjad Selo: undertaking PhD studies in the area of pharmaceutical characterisation at the University of Nottingham
Osama Mahmah: undertaking PhD studies in the area of Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield
Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.
We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.
Our support services include:
MyBradford student support centres
The Students’ Union
Chaplaincy and faith advisers
An on-campus nursery
We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.
Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.
This programme is mainly delivered by the Medicines Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences (MDPS) research group. The academics within this MDPS research group are also associated with one or more cross-departmental and cross-faculty research groups and centres. The major research themes of the group are within the pharmaceutical sciences and medicines development.
The strong research component of the course provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your scientific creativity and originality in applying your new-found knowledge and skills to develop ideas that are essential to the good pharmaceutical scientist.
Several students have published their research work in high-quality journals. Papers published by MSc Pharmaceutical Technology students include:
M.KH. AL-Jammal, Y. Al Ayoub, K.H. Assi., (2015). “Development and Validation of Microemulsion High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (MELC) Method for the Determination of Nifedipine in Pharmaceutical Preparation’’, Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta, 6, 347.
O. Mahmah, R. Tabbakh, A. Kelly, A. Paradkar., (2014). “A comparative study of the effect of spray drying and hot-melt extrusion on the properties of amorphous solid dispersions containing felodipine’’, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 66, 275-284.