MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis Degree at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
By Bryan Wright
[Course director] Analytical science underpins an awful lot of different areas so you might think it is just about analysing a chemical or something but it’s also applicable to things like quality control in industry, it doesn’t have to be pharmaceuticals. The skills are transferable, you could be working in the water industry or even one year we had a graduate who went onto working in the whisky industry looking at flavour volatiles in whisky. [student] The course is more into the practical side of things rather than just being superficial theoretical. [student] The lab work and actually seeing how the theory goes into practise is the better part. [student] I really enjoyed the teaching class. It gave me a lot of knowledge about the laboratory skills. [Course director] We get a mixture of people doing the course, some are local graduates who are looking for the next step after getting their first degree. Then we get quite a few overseas students. We had two ladies from the laboratory of the government chemist in Sri Lanka. Their boss did the course about twenty-five years ago and she became the chief government analyst in Sri Lanka and I guess these two ladies were her successors. [student] She actually did the same course, Pharmaceutical Analysis and now she is the one who recommended this course. [Course director] It is quite a vocational course. A lot of people who do it, years later will be found in the same sort of professional line and have gone on to be promoted to a good level. [student] My plan is to stay here and find a job over here in Scotland. [student] I am going to start looking for jobs and hopefully go on to what I was doing on my placement so HPLC and chemical analysis and things like that. [student] If I can get a PhD over here then would be a very good thing for me so I am just trying to get one over here. [student] Masters is definitely one of the most daunting experiences you’ll ever have but it is well worth it in the end.