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Pharmaceutical Sciences - Msc

Course Description

This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics).

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of your chosen area of pharmacy, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

These courses are primarily designed to prepare you for an academic or industrial career in the relevant area. You may be a scientist already working within the pharmaceutical industry or a recent science graduate.

You will undertake a variety of compulsory modules and a research project. This project will last approximately four months and you will work under the supervision of recognised experts in their field. The project allows you to undertake a detailed investigation and develop practical expertise in a specialist pharmaceutical sciences area. The University also has strong links with numerous pharmaceutical companies - there may be the opportunity to undertake your project in collaboration with one of these companies.

During this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge required as a pharmacist - the ability to provide effective pharmaceutical formulation strategies for current and future drug therapies and medicinal products.

What you will study

All students studying one of our three pharmacy MSc courses will take the following core modules:
-Research Methods 1: Professional Development
-Research Methods 2: Communication Skill
-Research Project
-Drug Discovery

Depending upon the course you chose, you will also undertake the following modules:
-Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
-Drug Dosage Form & Design
-Principles of Product Analysis and Validation

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in the 2017 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy 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 1841?

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

Our courses are 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.

Your future career prospects

Graduates from our MSc programmes have taken up careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry in various disciplines such as analytical sciences, formulation development and project management. Our programmes provide the wider context and practical laboratory experience for pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduates have entered roles such as:
-Assistant Lecturer, University of Sulaimaniyah
-Associate Product Manager, AstraZeneca
-Business Development Manager, Crete Designs Limited
-Clinical Technician / Worker, Bridgewater Hospital
-Compound Technician, Sterling Pharmaceuticals
-Drug Designer, Unspecified Drug Company
-Drug Safety Specialist, PPD
-Drug Store Manager, Qaiwan group company
-Inhalation R & D Analyst, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5)
-Lecturer, University of Lagos, Nigeria
-Locum Pharmacist, various
-Molecular Modeller / Community Pharmacist, Verax Care Pharmacy
-OSD Technologist, GSK
-Pharma Benefit Associate, UnitedHealth Group
-Pharmacist, Government of India
-Pharmacist, Kerbala University
-Pharmacologist, Unspecified
-PhD Research Scholar, NIRMA University
-Recruitment Consultant, SRG
-Regulatory affairs trainee, PharmaLeaf India Pvt Ltd
-Research assistant, University of Leeds
-Research Scientist, Pluss Polymers
-Research Scientist, Wintean
-Researcher, Sunny Pharmtech Inc.
-Sales Relationship Coordinator, Wesley Assurance Society
-Science Teacher, Perry Beeches School
-Senior Regulatory officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals

Visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences - Msc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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Ferguson Foundation Scholarship - 7 Awards

The scholarships are available to students applying to on campus programmes offered in the School of Life & Health Sciences. The Ferguson Scholarships apply to the following programmes:MSc in Biomedical Sciences
MSc Molecular Biotechnology
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
MSc Health and Disease
MSc in Drug Delivery
MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc in Pharmacokinetics
MSc in Pharmacology
MSc in Health Psychology
MRes in Cognitive Neurosciences If successful, you will receive a scholarship of approximately £12,000 towards the cost of your MSc course fees. You will have to contribute £3,000 (approx) towards your MSc tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £9,000 and £12,000


The School of Life & Health Sciences is offering 7 scholarships to students from Africa and South America. Scholarships are supported by the Ferguson Foundation which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider study in the UK.

Application Procedure

To be considered you must fulfill the following:Be a National from an African or South American country and submit a concise 1,000-1,500 word essay explaining how you and your home country will benefit from the skills and knowledge you will acquire in the MSc course you have applied for.

You must be in receipt of an offer for one of the above programmes prior to applying for the scholarship.Once you have received your offer you can send your scholarship application to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must posses a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in one of the following subjects (or a related field): Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, Physiology, Physical Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Genetics, Materials Science, Medicine. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country.

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