module specification

MS7050 - Pharmaceutical Analysis (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Pharmaceutical Analysis
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
163 hours Guided independent study
37 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Practical Portfolio (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen Examination (2 hours)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module is designed to provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the range of analytical techniques in use in the pharmaceutical industry and the QA processes that they underpin. By undertaking this module you will:

  1. gain a more in depth understanding of the principles of the major analytical techniques.
  2. be able to evaluate and assess the appropriateness of analytical methods for specific applications.
  3. gain an understanding of the role of quality assurance procedures in pharmaceutical analysis.

Prior learning requirements

No pre-requisite module is required. Available for Study Abroad? NO


Survey of techniques for the analysis of pharmaceutical agents, their metabolites and contaminants, to include:
Spectroscopic methods (LO 1-4)
Mass spectrometric methods (LO 1-4)
Electrochemical methods (LO 1-4)
Chromatographic methods (LO 1-4)
Immunoassay techniques (LO 1-4)
Validation of analytical methods (LO 2-4)
Sample preparation in pharmaceutical analysis (LO 1-4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Students’ ability to make critical evaluations will be developed through the analysis of source material and the examination of problem-based material supported by tutorial discussion. Students’ ability to obtain and critically appraise data, and solve related problems will be developed to reflect on taught material in order to demonstrate their understanding of the principles underpinning the module.

PDP: On completion of this module students’ will provide an evaluation of how the module allowed them to develop skills such as information technology, organisational skills, team building, leadership, communication, time management, and working under pressure.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the instrumentation required for modern instrumental techniques.
  2. Articulate knowledge and understanding of current analytical methods.
  3. Provide a critical evaluation of methods available for detecting and/or quantifying a range of analytes.
  4. Use primary sources to design analytical protocols.