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MSc Pharmacology

Course Description

Course Summary

The discovery and development of safe and effective new drugs is challenging and rewarding, and this course focuses on the mechanisms of drug action at molecular level, the treatment of human diseases, and the latest cell and molecular technologies used in pharmacology.

You will receive high-quality, broad-based training, develop a wide knowledge base and key transferable skills, and be supported in your choice of career.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Pharmacology MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study the principles of drug design, pre-clinical evaluation, clinical trials, regulatory affairs and the application of new technologies in the drug discovery and development process
- Explore the latest therapeutic concepts and principles relating to causes, epidemiology, diagnosis and the treatment of human diseases in current clinical practice
- Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of new technologies in cell and molecular biology
- Gain a wide range of valuable practical skills and the ability to devise an experimental plan as an independent investigator
- Benefit from an enhancement in your learning skills and personal development, take the opportunity to work with self-direction and originality, and make a major contribution to the pharmaceutical industry, wider society and the global economy.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Pharmacology course is designed to allow you to gain a broad overview of drug discovery and development, mechanisms of drug action at the molecular level, drug treatment of human diseases, and latest cellular and molecular technologies applied to pharmacology at an advanced level.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of individual examples of modern drug research and development throughout. You will then specialise in one of the research areas, culminating with a laboratory research project in the selected subject.

Career Management Skills

In addition to developing your specialist knowledge and understanding, there is a pervasive emphasis on developing your approach and attitude to working by emphasising and encouraging the professional standards expected by employers. This is supported by a departmental seminar programme that includes speakers from industry that are invited to describe particularly what is expected from potential and actual employees.

The University also has a programme of seminars and workshops designed to help you recognise and boost the attributes expected and appreciated by employers. This is supplemented by trips and visits as opportunities arise.

The University also has a programme of internal and external internships that provide excellent opportunities to gain additional work experience.

Career/Further study opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress into one of the following areas:


The course programme will support graduates seeking careers in drug research and development from wide range of employers including the pharmaceutical industry, biotech companies, academic institutions, the NHS and other public organisations in the following key areas:

Drug Design & Development

Preclinical Research

Clinical Research

Product Registration, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Medicine Information

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Sales

Medical Writing

Further study:

Opportunities exist for further postgraduate study (e.g. MPhil/PhD) in the areas of molecular pharmacology, toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, cancer studies and computational biology with supervisors from the Department of Life Sciences, administered through the Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology (iBEST), University of Bedfordshire.

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

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements for UK students View Website from the European Union - View Website students - View Website degree in a medical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological, chemical science or a related science subject.

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