Pharmaceutical Formulation and Business Strategy MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

This course will help you to understand scientific principles of drug delivery and be able to design novel formulations to address current market needs and business strategies.After completion of the course, you will have the skills to start up new businesses in pharmaceutical formulation or join the formulation development team in the pharmaceutical industry .

The Pharmaceutical Formulation and Business Strategy course covers the scientific principles of drug delivery and design of novel formulations addressing current market needs and business strategy. After completion of the course, students will be expected to have the skills to start new businesses in pharmaceutical formulation or join the pharmaceutical industry’s formulation development team 

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Professor Barbara Conway, Head of Pharmacy

Course detail

PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATION

This comprises four 15 credit Masters level modules that offer knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical formulation. These modules provide you with the necessary skills to formulate pharmaceutical products, including the scientific principles of drug delivery, the strategies to overcome biological barriers, and the necessary laboratory skills to practically formulate a product.

Formulation Design and Development

The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth appreciation of all the stages from new drug identification to bringing a drug to the market and beyond, with an emphasis on biotechnology-based products. It is divided into two integrated streams, the first being drug design. You will gain a critical appreciation of drug design and methods of discovery. Drug development will include pre-clinical, clinical and post-marketing surveillance aspects. The incorporation of advanced drug delivery strategies into current practice and future directions will be covered in detail. You will be expected to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills in the development of their own formulation supported by representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, and should be able to test the quality and performance of developed formulation in the laboratory.

Data Treatment and Analysis

Basic statistical theory underlying the analysis and treatment of univariate and multivariate chemical, forensic, pharmaceutical and biological laboratory data.

Pharmaceutical Preparations and their Testing

This module will consider the testing of drug substances and formulations in the Pharmaceutical Industry. A graduate analyst will be familiar with a wide range of analytical techniques but largely chemical in nature. This module will extend that knowledge to the testing of formulated pharmaceutical products and their other important attributes. This module is assessed by test (50%) and assignment (50%)

You will also have the choice of two modules, one providing a range of laboratory practicals involving pharmaceutical analytical techniques.This includes the normal range of instruments used in a pharmaceutical formulation and quality control laboratory.For those who already have instrumental skills and/or professional experience working in a pharmaceutical laboratory, there is an option for the Pharmaceutical Analysis module that will extend your knowledge of formulation design and testing of pharmaceutical products.

Practical skills for Analysts

Extended experiments to develop, compare and assess methods for analytical problems carried out in small groups with joint report and oral presentations.

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Analysis

This module will consider the formulation of small molecules and macromolecules (proteins and monoclonal antibodies) using advanced drug delivery systems. The application of advanced analytical techniques such as thermal and spectroscopic methods in drug development will also be appreciated. Latest trends in pharmaceutical development such as pharmaceutical nanotechnology and lipid based drug delivery systems will also be considered. Assessment is by test (50%) and Assignment (50%).

BUSINESS STRATEGY

This comprises two 30 credit Masters level modules that will provide a range of skills needed for starting and running a business and developing its business strategy.These modules will include the main pillars of business management such as Finance, Budgeting, Marketing, Human Resources, Organisational Behaviour and Enterprise Strategy.

Fundamentals of Management

The Fundamentals of Management module focuses on the fundamentals of why organisations exist and what organisations ‘do’. You'll cover core aspects of the management of a company such as strategic decision making, marketing, accounting and finance, operations and human resource management. The modules provides an opportunity to develop a high-level overview of the landscape of organisations and learn about the skills required by managers in modern organisations.

Fundamentals of Leadership

The Fundamentals of Leadership focuses on understanding leadership in organisations. You will have an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the ‘softer’ side of business such as people management, communication, leadership skills, diversity and performance management. We will encourage you to reflect on their developing your own leadership skills and style and developing your own leadership solutions.

PHARMACEUTICAL BUSINESS PROJECT

This will be a major project in pharmaceutical business strategy that will run throughout the year to allow for the time needed for an extensive 60 credit module of independent study and research.

Pharmaceutical Business Project

The overall aim of the project is to integrate the learning across the modules and apply the knowledge into business practice. You will be expected to develop a business plan for a novel pharmaceutical formulation/product or novel themes around drug discovery and present it to a panel of expert for a thorough scrutiny and assessment

You will be taught by staff from the Department of Pharmacy and the School of Applied Sciences, many with experience of working with pharmaceutical companies in new product introductions and product development. All staff will bring their research expertise to their teaching so you have insight into the latest developments in the field. You will also be taught by staff from the Business School who have background degrees and professional working experience of product management and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry, which makes a unique blend of expertise across the schools to deliver this course.

We will use a range of teaching and learning approaches to help you develop your knowledge and skills; including seminars, tutorials, lectures and case studies. You will have access to state-of-the art facilities across the School of Applied Sciences and the Business School within the Huddersfield Campus.

Modules have different teaching and assessment strategies and the aspects of teaching and assessment will be supported by real-life pharmaceutical examples. You will gain significant laboratory experience and confidence whilst studying on this course as you are exposed to many new analytical instrumental techniques and/or pharmaceutical production equipment. You will also be shown how to use statistics and various computer packages and will be required to present posters and talks as part of the assessment programme for a number of modules on this course. You will also get the opportunity to engage with professionals and guest speakers. You will apply the knowledge gained throughout the course by systemically developing a business strategy and using your skills to pitch your business plan to potential investors and collaborators, amalgamating your expertise in sciences and business acumen.

We are the UK's only university where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Minimum of 2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences with adequate English proficiency.
  • Potential students with a non-pharmacy degree background with professional experience in pharmaceutical formulation may also apply. However these will be considered on individual basis and may be subject to interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no lower than 6.0 in writing and reading, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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