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The Drug Sciences MRes is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training and acquiring a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD-level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

About this degree

This programme includes taught and research components and runs for 12 months. The research project begins immediately when students join their chosen laboratory. Project work continues throughout the whole year. The taught component is tailored to individual research programmes. Students select the appropriate modules for their chosen research discipline. There is also core training in research methods and transferable skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of both a taught component (30 credits) and a larger research component (150 credits). The taught component will be drawn from a range of specialist options taught by the School of Pharmacy. Students will study either one 30-credit or two 15-credit modules. Not all modules will be available every year.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students select either one or two modules from a wide range including:

  • Medicinal Natural Products
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Analysis and Quality Control
  • Preformulation
  • Formulation of Small Molecules
  • Personalised Medicines
  • Natural Product Discovery, Pharmacogeonomics
  • Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure Based Drug Design
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • Nanomedicines
  • Polymers in Drug Delivery
  • Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals
  • Developmental Neurobioloy
  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
  • Systems and Circuit Neuroscience

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a programme of full-time research equivalent to approximately 10 months' duration. This research will be written up as a dissertation at the end of the period of study.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, laboratory work, participation in the research training programme. Assessment is through written examination, research dissertation, oral presentation and viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Sciences MRes

Careers

Graduates of this programme can expect to become proficient research scientists equipped for a career in research, in the pharmaceutical industry, or with a government regulatory body.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MRes in Drug Sciences is conducted primarily as an in-depth and novel research project at the forefront of research in the area of medical and pharmaceutical sciences within the internationally recognised UCL School of Pharmacy.

Thus students gain research experience and training in their chosen research laboratory and also importantly, they have the opportunity to interact with expert researchers in all aspects of the drug discovery and delivery process.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Drug Sciences (MRes) page on the University College London website for more details!

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