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Pharmacy Practice (MSc by Research)

Course Description

Whether you intend to pursue a PhD or a career in pharmaceutical practice, this course trains you in pharmacy practice research.

This course provides suitable preparation for subsequent PhD studies and equally suitable for pharmacists wanting to combine research with a career in community, hospital, primary-care pharmacy, or education and training. You will spend 11 weeks undertaking core taught modules to gain experience in a wide range of pharmacy practice research techniques, in preparation for your 30-week research project. Research projects are offered in five key research areas: Service Development and Quality Improvement; Clinical Practice and Patient Care; Human Factors and Systems Safety; Conceptual Development; and Philosophy of Care, Education and Training.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/pharmacy-pg/msc-res-pharmacy-practice.aspx

Modules include:

• Research methods
• Advanced topics in pharmacy research
• Research project.

What career can you have?

Reading School of Pharmacy has excellent links with industry, from the big Pharma to SMEs. Many of or graduates go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations.


The University of Reading has an established global reputation for research in the application of chemical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological expertise to areas of therapeutic and biological importance.

There is a collaborative environment across the University. In particular, the School of Pharmacy has become integrated with the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (BEL) following a £300,000 investment to establish electrophysiology/ tissue culture facilities and expand collaborations with computational neuroscientists in the School of Systems Engineering.

Strong links with industry allow access to industrial laboratories and facilities to support your research. Many of our staff hold external appointments at various national and international research committees which provide additional opportunities for participation in conferences and other networking events.

Visit the Pharmacy Practice (MSc by Research) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply. Normally a first-class or upper second class (2:1) degree in pharmacy or equivalent pharmacy qualification, although those with relevant experience and a degree in another field are also considered.

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