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Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Läkemedelsanalytisk kemi

This syllabus is valid: 2010-11-08 and until further notice

Course code: 5KE121

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Pharmacy: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Chemistry


The course comprise of two parts, one theoretical and one practical. The theoretical part, which corresponds to five credits, starts with an overview of the analytical techniques used in pharmaceutical analytical chemistry (gas, liquid, ion and gel chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and detection techniques such as mass-and NMR spectroscopy) and theoretical background of chromatography and separation. The course then focuses on liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and how this method is used in various applications such as process control, analysis of patient samples and in the development of new drugs. It also includes methods development, quality assurance and GLP (Good Laboratory Practice). In the practical part, which corresponds to 2.5 credits, basic chromatographic exercises is included as well as liquid chromatographic method development for analysis of pharmaceuticals, sample preparation, the study of metabolites, etc.

Required Knowledge

For admission to the course a bachelor degree in pharmacy, including 90 ECTS pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry 30 ECTS, or 180 ECTS pharmacy degree or equivalent, are required.
The eligibility requirements are also met by a bachelor's degree in chemistry with at least 90 credits in chemistry including at least 30 credits pharmaceutical chemistry or equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT
(Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section).
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


Valid from: 2010 week 45

Watson David G.
Pharmaceutical analysis : a textbook for pharmacy students and pharmaceutical chemists
2nd ed. : Edinburgh : Elsevier Churchill Livingstone : 2005. : 382 p. :
ISBN: 0-443-07445-3 (pbk.) : £29.99
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