Analytical Science (Drug Analysis and Toxicology)

Robert Gordon University


This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in drug analysis and toxicology. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field.

Stage 1:
This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Environmental Analysis, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Analytical Science (Drug Analysis and Toxicology).

Stage 2:
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2.

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Analytical Science (Drug Analysis and Toxicology).

Stage 3:
You will begin the MSc Research Project practical work where you will develop your skills in using initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, and a high level of autonomy, critical judgement and the application of appropriate and relevant principles in order to produce your thesis.

Entry Requirements

Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject area and to include Chemistry including (but not restricted to) Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Life Sciences.

Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General