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This programme is designed to provide an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of core areas of pharmaceutical sciences.
The aim the of MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences programme is to provide an academically challenging and vocationally relevant education and training in pharmaceutical sciences, both theoretical and practical. Students will acquire an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the subject, and achieve learning outcomes that enable them to be able to appreciate and apply acquired knowledge, skills and technological understanding primarily for the benefit of the pharmaceutical and related industrial sectors in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.
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About this course
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This course is designed to provide an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of core areas of pharmaceutical sciences, including drug discovery, development, formulation and delivery, quality assurance and evaluation of drugs, analysis of medicines and medicinal natural products and pharmaceutical instrumental methods.
The course increases the awareness of ethical issues and scientific integrity in the pharmaceutical sciences. It will provide you with the chance of specialisation in one of the core specialisms of pharmaceutical sciences through elective modules.
As an MSc student you will learn how to formulate hypotheses, design and conduct a research project, analyse research data, and report results of research to peers.
This is a fully online course.
Students working in the pharmaceutical/chemical/healthcare industry can carry out their MSc research project in their workplace.
Students who are not working can do their research projects at the School of Pharmacy, Ulster University, Coleraine campus.
- September 2017
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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A degree in subjects such as Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or in a course that has significant amounts of chemistry and biology from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
The content will be taught through a combination of lecture material and online discussions/tutorials, all of which will be supported online by eTutors and by on-campus staff. Self-directed and independent learning will also be encouraged and supported throughout the module.
ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
Essay question (2000 words) on an analytical technique and its application in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.
Set exercise based on HPLC Simulator software for compounds of pharmaceutical relevance.
Given a spectral dataset for a set of substituted quinoline and coumarin compounds the student is tasked with elucidating the molecular structure of an 'unknown' member of the series. Complete spectral interpretation is required for each of the given infrared, EI mass spectra, 1H and 13C NMR spectra (5000 words).
Within this module feedback will take the form of:
- Introduction of learning objectives in the module and each online lecture presentation by the module coordinator/lecturer
- Online discussions and debates with online communication tools
- Tips on how to approach assignments Specific comments on students’ work, progress and performance through online communication
- Specific written comments on student's work to help indicate progress and develop understanding Guidance and advice on academic progress from assigned Studies Advisor(s) and other staff
100% Coursework 0% Examination
Exemptions and transferability
Other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme, provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least 50% of the credit value of the award in respect of a Postgraduate Diploma award.
Careers & opportunities
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This postgraduate programme is tailor-made to meet the demands of employers in the pharmaceutical industry sectors. It is suitable for those who wish to follow careers in pharmaceutical and related industries and also as academics in various universities to enhance and promote education in the pharmaceutical sciences area. As the proposed programme will have significant amounts of research elements, it is assumed that a number of postgraduate students from this programme may choose further postgraduate research studies such as a PhD.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
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Where the postgraduate course selected offers multiple awards (e.g. PG Cert, PG Dip, Master’s), please note that the price displayed is for the complete master’s programme. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are charged at a pro-rata basis. Find out more
Scholarships, awards and prizes
MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences – Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarships
Ulster University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, supported by Norbrook Laboratories Limited, has a total annual scholarship fund of £10,000 available to students registered on above course.
Up to two awards will be awarded each year. The scholarships will be used to cover the full, or part course fee, (up to a maximum of £10,000 per annum). Any remaining funds will be paid directly to scholarship holders in support of living expenses.
The awards are competitive and selection is based on interview.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.