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This programme gives you in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis of drug discovery and development, which has revolutionised the pharmaceutical industry in recent years. Our involvement with international drug companies has allowed us to keep our courses fully up-to-date. With our excellent facilities, emphasis on practical work, and teaching underpinned by the latest research, you will be qualified for research and development positions in pharmaceutical companies, as well as a wide range of other roles in industry.

About the course

The programme will have a heavy emphasis on practical work and will cover the following areas:
-Pharmacological and relevant physiological principles
-Molecular biology techniques in pharmacology
-The application of bioinformatics to drug discovery
-Quantitative aspects of pharmacology
-Case studies in drug discovery
-Molecular medicine
-Neuro-degenerative diseases
-Safety evaluationResearch project

You will undertake a practical project as part of your MSc enabling you to use our excellent facilities and to gain experience working alongside researchers in our Pharmacology Research Group. Current research projects include studies in:
-Gastrointestinal pharmacology, particularly with respect to diabetes
-Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents
-Molecular pharmacology of vascular disease
-Modelling pharmacokinetics

Why choose this course?

-This is an intensive programme that will provide training in pharmacology, molecular biology and their application to drug discovery, using a problem based learning approach
-You will receive training in a range of pharmacological and molecular practical techniques as well as completing a research project
-Upon completion, you will be able to enter a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry or pursue further postgraduate research
-The School of Life and Medical Science will move into a brand new science building opening in September 2015 providing us with world class laboratories for our teaching and research. At a cost of £50M the new building provides spacious naturally lit laboratories and social spaces creating an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary learning and research


Graduates of the programme will be qualified for research and development positions in the pharmaceutical industries, to progress to a research degree or to consider regulatory, marketing or management roles in industry.

Teaching methods

Upon entering the programme, students are provided with introductory material to facilitate their transition to Master's level study. Cellular Molecular Biology is taught in parallel with Core Pharmacology, which both involve a high proportion of practical work. Students will experience a range of learning styles including conventional lectures, workshops and problem based learning. Teaching in Molecular Medicine and Pharmacovigilance & Drug Discovery Development uses case studies to foster skills such as working independently or as part of a team, demonstrating initiative and problem solving. You will also study a module in Biosciences Research Methods for Masters. All assessments are coursework only (including in-class tests), which are strategically phased throughout the course to provide regular feedback.


-Biosciences Research Methods for Masters
-Cellular Molecular Biology
-Core Pharmacology
-Drug Discovery Development and Pharmacovigilance
-Molecular Medicine
-Project-Mol Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology

Visit the Pharmacology - MSc page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!




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