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Course content

You'll receive the highest-quality teaching in the leading Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Scotland by staff dedicated to your personal and scientific development.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training.

Firstly, unlike many MSc courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of practical laboratory skills.

Secondly, this is complemented by two unique classes that develop your transferrable skills in statistics, presentations, career development, and ethics, as well as honing your science writing skills and your ability to design experiments and analyse sophisticated datasets.

Thirdly, our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields and you'll be taught by active researchers or practising clinical professionals.

There's a choice of classes that allows you to select a pathway to suit your future aspirations. The MSc Advanced Pharmacology has a special focus on how drugs and other chemicals affect the body in health and disease. You'll explore the development of new and improved medicines and the treatment of disease.

What you'll study

-Vital transferable skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing & critical analysis of data
-Two semesters of postgraduate laboratories, giving you the practical abilities & interpretational skills that will prepare you for your project & future career
-Short optional classes in in vivo biology or drug discovery
-A compulsory Pharmacology class followed by a choice of either Clinical Pharmacology, or Applied Pharmacology
-A summer project in an active research laboratory

Future prospects

The course provides the perfect springboard to future training at PhD level or gives you a range of skills and experience that will prove attractive to employers from industry or the health-care provision sector.

Facilities

The course is taught in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. It’s located in our new building with state-of-the-art laboratories.

Course content

Our aim is to provide you with classes that present the cutting-edge of our subject area, delivered using exciting and engaging teaching methods matched to the needs of postgraduate-level students. Please feel free to contact us if you want further details in the meantime.

Compulsory classes
-Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
-Entrepreneurship
-Postgraduate Studies in Pharmacology
-Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research
-Research project

Elective classes
-In Vivo Biology
-Drug Discovery
-Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Pharmacology
-Postgraduate Studies in Applied Pharmacology

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes, you can go on to take a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment of taught classes is through the following:
-Multiple choice tests
-Computer quizzes
-Problem solving scenarios
-Poster & oral presentations
-Essays
-Formal written exams

The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

Careers

After graduating, you'll be ideally qualified for positions in biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

This course provides the background training for a career in:
-Clinical pharmacology
-Pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
-Laboratory technical support
-Medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales

Alternatively, you may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD.

Visit the Advanced Pharmacology - MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

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