module specification

MS7050 - Pharmaceutical Analysis (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21, but may be subject to modification
Module title Pharmaceutical Analysis
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
157 hours Guided independent study
43 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Practical Assignment (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 60%   Examination (2 hours) *FC*
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

The module aims to provide an up-to-date understanding of analytical techniques in use in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior learning requirements

No pre-requisite module is required

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• Understand the principles of the major analytical techniques;
• Evaluate and assess the appropriateness of analytical methods for specific applications;
• Gain an understanding of the role of quality assurance procedures in pharmaceutical analysis


Survey of techniques for the analysis of pharmaceutical agents, their metabolites and contaminants, to include:
Spectroscopic methods; Mass spectroscopic methods; Electrochemical methods; Chromatographic methods and Immunoassay techniques.
Validation of Analytical Methods.
  Sample preparation in pharmaceutical analysis

Learning and teaching

Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures (18 h), tutorials (9 h) and practicals (16 h). Studnts will be expected to prepare in advance for tutorials and practical exercises  (27 h), undertake exercises in problem solving and comprehension of scientific literature (36 h) and prepare material for a report of practical exercises undertaken(15 h). Students' ability to make critical evaluations will be developed through the analysis of source material and examination of problem-based material supported by tutorial discussion. Students' ability to obtain and critically appraise data, and solve related problems will be developed through a range of paper- and laboratory-based exercises. Students will be expected to reflect on taught material in order to demonstrate their understanding of the principles underpinning the module.

PDP: As indicated in the above summary, material on this module will allow students to develop skills in problem solving and evaluation of information which will enhance employability. Laboratory work also enhances time-management and personal organisational skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe in detail the instrumentation required for modern instrumental techniques.
2. Articulate knowledge and a deep understanding of current analytical methods.
3.  Provide a critical evaluation of methods available for detecting and/or quantifying a range of 
4.  Use primary sources to design and critically evaluate analytical protocols.

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by means of a practical assessment (40% of the overall mark) and an unseen examination (60% of the overall mark).

To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%. There is an attendance requirement for the practical sessions.

   Component   Learning outcomes
   Practical   2,3,4
   Examination   1,2,3


Handbook of Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis, S. Ahuja and S. Scypinski, 2nd Edn., Academic Press (2011)

Pharmaceutical Analysis, D G Watson, Churchill Livingstone, 2nd Edn. (2005)

Quantitative Chemical Analysis, D.C. Harris, Freeman, 8th Edn., (2010)

Principles of Instrumental Analysis, D. A. Skoog, S. R. Crouch, F. J. Holler, Brooks/Cole, 6th Ed., (2006)