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Course content

This masters course is an integrated, industrially focused programme aimed at graduates in chemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences wishing to develop their research skills in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.

Graduates are equipped with a well-rounded, laboratory-based skill set and are fully prepared for employment within the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences industries, as well as for further academic study.

Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to assess your suitability for a career in industry or further research training. The research project provides a real intellectual challenge and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and initiative.

You will develop and carry out a significant piece of research covering a wide range of specialities, ranging from the development of new treatments to diagnostic procedures which enhance detection, prevention and cures for diseases found in modern society. 

A series of supporting taught courses make up the remainder.

Areas of study

The course provides a flexible opportunity to gain high-level research training and to develop your professional skills. The focus of the course depends on your choice of research topic, which also affects what you study on your modules, so the MRes is to some extent individual to each student.

As you progress through the programme, you will gain: a critical appreciation of the stages of the research process; extensive training in research methodology; the capacity to design and undertake a substantial research project; awareness of the specialist techniques appropriate to your research subject; the ability to provide a rationale for the selection of specialist analytical techniques; and a contextualised understanding of the potential relevance of scientific research to business and industry.

Compulsory modules

  • Research project
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Advances in Biochemical and Clinical Analysis


  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Introduction to Statistics Using Excel and Minitab
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • Research Placement
  • New Medicinal Products from Inception to Market
  • Current Research in Chemistry
  • Symposia in Pharmacy Research
  • Pharmacology and Drug Development
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Bioscience Independent Study
  • Clinical Infection Sciences
  • Evaluating Research in Biomedical Sciences
  • Current Research in Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Careers and Employability

The course intends to maximise both your personal and professional potential, and in particular provides a foundation for careers in research, industry, the public sector and academia.

On course completion, you will be equipped with practical research based training, plus the necessary transferable skills to prepare you for career progression. 

Visit the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (MRes/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!






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