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Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery Systems - MSc

Why study this course?

On the Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery Systems MSc course, you’ll learn about the methods used to develop the drug delivery systems that are deployed to specifically targeted areas of the body with minimal side effects. With the huge advances that have been made in the formulation of drug delivery systems, the opportunity now exists for you to solve future delivery problems of new chemical entities.

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The Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery Systems MSc has been designed to develop your understanding of how drug delivery systems are constructed for specific deployment and controlled release of therapeutic agents. If you're a science graduate with a desire to work in this field, then this course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you'll need.

A flexible modular course, this master's course is designed to promote your personal and professional development. You can choose to start in the autumn or spring and follow either a part-time or full-time study route, allowing you to fit study around your personal and working life. Learning support will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops.

All modules are taught by experts in their field and are supported by our online web-based learning environment accessible from outside the University at any time of day or night.

You'll study five core taught modules and then have a choice of one optional module, from the list of taught MSc modules offered by the subject group, over two semesters. You’ll then carry out an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor during the summer term.

If you’re already be working for a pharmaceutical company and have ambitions to acquire greater knowledge of the field, then this course will greatly contribute to your career advancement and continuing professional development (CPD).

Assessment

You'll be assessed through self-diagnostic testing, debates, group work, coursework, essays, and cumulative exams. Practical skills are assessed through the coursework assignments, including those in the research project module. Data handling skills are assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations, exams and seminar presentations.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of relevant modules may allow you to use these as continuing professional development (CPD) towards being a qualified person (QP) in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

You will be required to have

  • a lower second (2.2) UK first degree in an appropriate subject (pharmaceutical science, chemistry or related)

Applications from graduates in related subjects such as pharmacology and biochemistry will be considered on an individual basis. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be accepted.

An applicant who can demonstrate knowledge and skills at a postgraduate level equivalent to up to one third of the master's, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certification required modules may apply, through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) coordinator, for appropriate transfer of credit. You’re advised to discuss your eligibility for credit with the course leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Scientific Frameworks for Research
  • Drug Discovery Technology
  • Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology and Controls
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Research Project for Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery Systems
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option module)
  • Advanced Drug Formulation Technologies (option module)

Upon graduation, you'll be well equipped to apply for roles focused on the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceuticals, pharmacovigilance, drug safety and regulatory affairs within large and medium sized pharmaceutical companies.

The analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills you’ll develop in this course are particularly applicable to careers focused on exploratory research. Our Careers and Employability Unit will be on hand to help you in your job search upon graduation.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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