Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery Systems - MSc

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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.

More about this course

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.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the design of contemporary drug delivery systems, the mechanisms by which these therapeutic agents exert their mode of action, and the various routes of drug administration that can be exploited to maximise their time-specific and site-specific targeted drug delivery.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module is to provide an up-to-date understanding of chemical and biological technologies used in the drug discovery process.

    The aim of the module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of how chemical and biological technologies are used in a drug discovery process. To provide an opportunity for extensive in-depth research and critical assessment of a topical issue.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of manufacture of pharmaceuticals with emphasis on quality and regulatory controls.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module aims to provide an up-to-date understanding of analytical techniques in use in the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module provides the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to a pharmaceutical research problem, and to undertake, critically evaluate, reflect, and report on, an individual experimental programme.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills needed for the planning, organisation and practice of research in science. Different analytical approaches to problems will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. Students will consider the impact of appropriate safety, ethical and resourcing implications in the design and operation of a project.

    The aims are to provide students with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate published scientific research. To review a variety of statistical tests commonly applied to quantitative data sets, together with their respective assumptions and outlines of their underpinning theoretical basis. To consider the impact on scientific research of a variety of issues including safety, ethical and resourcing implications, data protection and intellectual property rights.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module provides an advanced understanding of drug formulation technologies.

    The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth understanding of current and emerging formulation technologies for optimising dosage forms. To identify and critically evaluate the key factors and stages involved in designing formulations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    The module uses online databases and software to extract, analyse and interpret DNA and protein sequences and to model structures of proteins.

    This module aims to:
    • Provide familiarity with the primary databases and common software packages used to analyse DNA, RNA and protein sequence, expression and structure, within and across genomes;
    • Develop informatic skills for extracting, analysing and presenting data to extract biological knowledge;
    • Apply the principles of macromolecular, and in particular protein, structure to the building f molecular models using modelling and graphics software;
    Examine applications of modelling with emphasis on understanding the interactions between proteins and other molecules of biological or synthetic origin.

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After the course

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.

Additional costs

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.

How to apply

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

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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