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Pharmaceutical Technology

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Innovative pharmaceutical processing technologies are becoming highly important. This exciting, brand-new interdisciplinary MSc has been developed taking into consideration the requirements of the growing global pharmaceutical industry and the strong infrastructure and expertise available across the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

The programme is designed to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding and knowledge in the area of pharmaceutical formulation development and its underpinning science and processing technologies. Particularly notable features include theoretical and practical aspects of advanced analytical methods, Process Analytical Technology (PAT), and Quality by Design (QbD).

It will also facilitate the development of professional skills such as good laboratory practice and transferable skills. Students will receive hands-on experience using technologies such as supercritical fluid processing, hot melt extrusion, nano-milling and characterisation techniques such as X-ray diffractometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, NIR or NMR and Raman Spectrometry and online rheology.

Overall, this programme will widen your thinking horizons and improve your professional abilities.

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy.

QS World University Rankings 2017


"I've met lots of wonderful people and had lots of fun. For nights turned into mornings and friends became family and dreams that will definitely come true – cheers to that".

Mohamed Mousa
MSc Pharmaceutical Technology, 2015

Why Bradford?

  • Strong interdisciplinary approach provides expertise across pharmaceutical sciences and process engineering
  • It provides strong practical and research-based components and exposes students to advanced analytical techniques, in-line spectroscopy, computational techniques and particle engineering techniques
  • This course will be supported by the Bradford School of Pharmacy, the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering and the Analytical Centre with their state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise


QS World University Rankings 2016

Entry requirements

2:2 or equivalent or above in a relevant area such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Drug Delivery
  • Science of Solid Dosage Form and Advanced Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • X-Ray Diffraction
  • Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD)
  • Computational Pharmaceutics and Knowledge Management
  • Research Project

Option modules

  • Separation Science
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

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 through 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.

Career prospects

Graduates from the Bradford School of Pharmacy have an excellent employment record, and graduates can rise to be leaders in pharmaceutical organisations and businesses in the UK and around the world.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU - £7,750
    International - £17,600

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.