M.Sc. On Campus

Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry - from Laboratory to Market

University of Aberdeen

12 months
25100 GBP/year
11500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry - from Laboratory to Market programme of the University of Aberdeen takes you through the steps and processes which pharmaceutical companies must complete in order to launch a new product. Lab-based studies operate on a small scale in order to launch a new pharmaceutical product, chemists need to be able to prepare a compound on a kg or tonne scale.


At a Glance

The process of drug discovery and development (i.e. getting new drugs from the laboratory bench to market) involves a complex scientific process and rigorous regulatory framework. While chemistry graduates generally possess the required chemical knowledge and the ability to perform laboratory work on a small scale, feedback from our industry partners has revealed a skills gap in the understanding of how a laboratory process is taken from bench to market.

The Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry - from Laboratory to Market programme of the University of Aberdeen is designed to address the need of industry-ready graduates by covering the key processes involved in developing marketed products, including scale-up, product formulation and clinical trials.

The UK is a world leader in medical research and innovation and the biopharmaceutical industry is one of the largest sectors in the UK for high-value jobs. Students will benefit from a high level of industry engagement, including guest lectures, site visits, and opportunities for industry-supported projects.

The Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry - from Laboratory to Market programme builds on our direct experience gained from TauRx Therapeutics, a spin-out company from the University of Aberdeen, which has become a world leader in Alzheimer's disease research.

The Department of Chemistry also attracts significant funding from bodies including the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Breast Cancer Campaign, and the pharmaceutical industry for our research in medicinal chemistry and we host one of the few Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certified laboratories in the UK for the analysis of drug metabolites in physiological fluids.


Pharmaceutical drug development is a major part of the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates of this programme are qualified to pursue careers in the development of drugs or other therapeutic or cosmetic products.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lead Compound identification
  • Molecular Design and Synthesis
  • Drug Metabolism and Pharmokinetics (DMPK)
  • Regulatory Aspects of Pharmaceutical Development
  • Stability, Formulation and Packaging of Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Analytical Methods for Pharmaceutical Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science or Chemical Engineering degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth)
  • Students with a degree in other disciplines, with significant Chemistry content, may also be considered if they have a 2:1 (upper second class) result or above
  • English Language Requirements
  • A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Aberdeen

729 - 1069 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry - from Laboratory to Market
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