Learn about the entire process of turning a drug molecule into a medicine. You’ll be prepared for a career as a research scientist or a manufacturing expert in the pharmaceutical industry.
This course will expose you to all stages of the drug development process, including how drugs are discovered, tested and turned into a suitable medicine which patients can take. You’ll also learn about medicines manufacturing and control, clinical trials and the regulatory assessments which a medicine must undergo before being released to the public.
In the first two years, you’ll develop your core scientific and experimental skills across the breadth of pharmaceutical sciences including chemistry, biology, pharmacology, microbiology, pharmaceutics, manufacturing and quality control.
In the final year, you’ll use your skills and knowledge to carry out a research project in a specific area of pharmaceutical or regulatory sciences. This will give you the opportunity to develop your skills further in a particular area and work closely with researchers from the Department.
The course has been designed with experts from the pharmaceutical industry to give you the skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences, regulatory sciences and other related sectors, such as clinical research, regulatory affairs or the cosmetics industry. You could also go on to further study, such as a master’s or PhD.
The Master of Science (MSci) provides you with the same core skills and knowledge of the BSc but with a greater exposure to research and advanced practical techniques. You’ll study master’s level units to strengthen your knowledge and skills with a focus on advanced and emerging topics in the pharmaceutical sciences. This includes applying what you’ve learnt in previous years of the course to develop a core business case for a new drug.
The course has been designed with experts from the pharmaceutical industry to give you the skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences, regulatory sciences and other related sectors, such as clinical research, regulatory affairs or the cosmetics industry. You could also go on to further postgraduate study such as a PhD.
If you'd like to take a closer look at the impact of drugs on physiological systems, you could consider applying for our Pharmacology course.
Put your learning into practice
You’ll learn from active researchers and industry experts with expertise in drug and target discovery, medicines design and development, and the route to market. Their research ensures you’ll learn about the latest techniques and developments in the field. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on your own research project.
You’ll be supported throughout your studies with small group tutorials, interactive workshops and one-to-one meetings with a Personal Tutor.
Use specialist facilities
You’ll develop key practical skills in our dedicated teaching labs, where you’ll gain experience in a wide range of techniques, such as organic and analytical chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, microbiology and pharmaceutics.
Take a look around one of our undergraduate teaching labs.
Prepare for your future
On graduation, you’ll be well suited to research or drug development careers in the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll benefit from our strong links with the pharmaceutical industry, with recent employers of our pharmacology graduates including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and UCB. Many graduates also choose to go on to postgraduate study.
Find out more about what our pharmacology graduates go on to do.
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