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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: MSc: 1 year; MRes: 16 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, MRes

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

Our Pharmacology MSc or MRes will give you a deep understanding of pharmacology, and allow you to put this into practice through laboratory practicals and projects in our world-class facilities. We will train you in the design and execution of practical approaches to the mechanisms by which drugs act. This programme will provide you with a strong platform from which to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical or research-related industries, or for further in-depth research in the field with a PhD.

Key benefits

  • We are ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • A central London location equipped with first-class laboratory, IT, library and study facilities.
  • An opportunity to plan and design as well as to pursue your own original research.
  • Preparation for a career in drug research and related industries.


The taught component of the programme includes a required lecture-based module in which you will study systems and cellular pharmacology, which is complemented by a lab-based practical module. You will also undertake projects to develop your critical thinking and research skills, such as a literature research module, a research design module and a lab-based practical research project.

On the MSc you will take 180 credits including a 60-credit research project.

On the MRes you will take 240 credits, the additional credits coming from an experimental research project, which will enable you to pursue an area of your own interest to a high level and to prepare for possible future research.

Course purpose

The programme provides training in the design and execution of practical approaches to the investigation of the mechanisms by which drugs act, and includes taught components that provide a comprehensive pharmacology knowledge base.

Course format and assessment


You will have 20 hours of contact each week with our academic staff and we will expect you to complement this with 20 hours of self-study a week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


We will assess you through a combination of coursework, exams and practicals.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus, but will require attending some project work at Waterloo campus and possibly other campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Career prospects

Students go on to PhD research degrees or work in the pharmaceutical or research-related industries.

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