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These courses are for you if you wish to gain an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics by studying at one of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools.

Course outline & modules

Designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the drug development process from concept to market, including hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery.

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of this specialist pharmaceutical sciences area, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

Core Modules include*:

  • Research Methods 1:  Professional Development: The professional skills taught in this module will equip you with general and transferable talents with broad application both within and outside of academia.
  • Research Methods 2: Communication Skills: This module includes critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers, writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentation skills.
  • Research Project: The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies.
  • Drug Discovery: An overview of the drug discovery process from target to market.
  • Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity: Gain insight and understanding into the mechanisms of action of antibiotics used to control infectious diseases and of agents used in the treatment and control of cancer.
  • Drug Dosage Form & Design: Become equipped with the ability to apply the biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic and physiochemical principles important in the design and formulation of drug delivery systems.
  • Principles of Product Analysis and Validation: Assess the physico-chemical parameters using a range of tools and consider the implications of these properties at all stages of formulation, development, regulation and application of the medicine.
  • Drug Delivery and Targeting: The latest advances in drug delivery and targeting will be addressed within this module. The aim is to develop the concept of drug targeting with drug carriers and provide an in depth appreciation of the strategies available and utilised for a particular drug and biological barrier.

 *Details provided are intended to give an overview of the proposed aims and content in modules, they are not a complete exhaustive and definitive description of module content.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 20 in the 2019 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy has excellent links with the profession. In addition, our research profile ensures relevant, expertise-led teaching for the students who enrol onto our courses each year. We have a long history of proving sector-leading courses - did you know that Aston Pharmacy School can trace its roots back to 1847?

You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

This course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

In addition to the particular knowledge and skills that you will gain on these courses, you will also develop transferable skills such as:

  • Presenting
  • Team working
  • Report writing
  • Critical analysis
  • Negotiating
  • Data analysis skills.

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for pursuing careers in various disciplines in the pharmaceutical industry including: analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduate roles include:

  • Associate Product Manager
  • Formulation Scientist
  • Senior Regulatory Approval Officer
  • Clinical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Research Assistant
  • Assistant Lecturer
  • Compound Technician
  • OSD Technologist
  • Research Scientist.

Our graduates have gone on to secure roles in some of the following organisations:

  • AstraZeneca
  • 3M
  • GSK
  • PPD
  • Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5).

Visit the Drug Delivery - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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