Pharmaceutical Science - MSci

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Why study this course?

This Pharmaceutical Science MSci is a four-year course that combines bachelor’s and master's levels of study. You’ll be taught about the methods used to develop safe drugs that are able to reach specific parts of the body with minimal side effects.

This course will give you the opportunity to explore regulatory frameworks that govern the progression of new chemical entities to the marketplace that will enable you to work safely  in the mainstream pharmaceutical, biotech or healthcare and consumer industries. On graduation you will be able to demonstrate to future employers that you’re equipped to work ethically and professionally in the design of medicines for healthcare.

More about this course

This MSci degree is a four-year programme, developed to endow you with the knowledge and expertise to understand how modern pharmaceuticals are constructed for specific deployment and controlled release of therapeutic agents.

The course will combine elements of biology and chemistry to examine how drugs affect the human body. In your first year you’ll learn the fundamentals in both disciplines, as well as the fundamentals of lab-based work. After the first year you’ll study these topics in greater depth and have the opportunity to specialise in subjects that interest you, including inorganic chemistry, microbiology, advanced bioanalytical science, neuropharmacology and much more.

During your final year you will focus on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic who is an active researcher in contemporary drug delivery systems and emerging technologies.

All modules are taught by experts in their field and are supported by an online web-based learning environment accessible from outside the University at any time. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops. You will also have the opportunity to liaise with academic mentors to fine tune your self-directed study.


You’ll be assessed via a range of methods, including presentations, log books, portfolio submissions, viva, in-class tests and unseen examinations.

In Year 4 your main focus will be the investigative project, which will build on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in the previous three years and be assessed via a dissertation and a viva.

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UCAS code B231
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BCC in three A levels including grade B in chemistry (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

You will be considered on a case-by-case basis if you hold relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience.

You will also be considered if you are currently completing Level 4 (Year 1) or 5 (Year 2) from an appropriately matched Pharmaceutical Science BSc course and would like to transfer to an MSci.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this integrated master’s degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons).

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

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Laboratory Science
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drugs: Delivery and Action
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Spectroscopic Methods
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Human Immunity
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Formulation and Quality Assurance of Medicines
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Natural Products
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Sandwich Placement
  • Work Placement

Example Year 3 modules include:

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

After the course

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to go into roles relating to:

  • the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceuticals
  • pharmacovigilance
  • drug safety
  • regulatory affairs

There is also a strong emphasis on developing transferable skills throughout the course, equipping you with extensive analytical and mathematical skills, which would allow you to pursue roles in teaching, finance, management and more.

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.

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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

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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