Pharmaceutical Science MSc


Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.

This course provides expert critical and technical knowledge related to the development, analysis and production of medicines, the drug industry and regulatory affairs. You'll study recent trends in chemical, biological and biotechnological therapeutics and evaluate the latest technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry. You'll also gain an understanding of the processes and methods used in clinical trials and the regulation of medicines and acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue your career in pharmaceutical science. This course provides the opportunity to acquire all the attributes necessary for a successful career in pharmaceutical science, undertaking lead research and development, or analytical management roles in the drug and healthcare industries. You’ll acquire broad knowledge of contemporary, integrated drug discovery strategies and acquire the necessary skills to communicate effectively across the key, diverse component disciplines with other professional scientists and non-specialist audiences. You’ll develop broad knowledge of current pharmaceutical analysis and quality control strategies and will learn about GMP and GLP compliance. You’ll also gain an in-depth critical understanding of current research in biotechnology and pharmaceutical science.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.

Full time | Sighthill Campus | 1 year | SEP-16

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.

Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Science (10 Credits)

This module is composed of two major elements: the regulatory processes involved in development, analysis and production of medicines, and the ethical issues and social impact of pharmaceutical science. You will gain an understanding of the drug industry and regulatory affairs involved in drug development, including the regulation of manufacturing medicines and the undertaking of clinical trials. The second part of the module will introduce ethics and the history of "ethical" regulation. Specific examples of ethical, legal and sociological aspects of pharmaceutical applications will be explored and debated. Studying this module will give you the opportunity to investigate controversial topics and to develop skills in analysis of data, the use of statistics in interpretation of results, and skills in written and oral presentation, discussion and debate. SCQF Credit Value: 20.00. ECTS Credit Value: 10.00.

Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (10 Credits)

The module will provide you with an introduction to the major aspects of the scientific study of drugs in man, not just with respect to the design of optimum drug therapy, but also looking at the differences between pharmacology and toxicology. You will learn about how drugs work, their limitations, and the variability of response. You will study how cells transduce messages from the plasma membrane into the cell and nucleus. You will learn about how the body's endogenous signalling system works and how this informs drug development. This includes the basic principles of receptor theory, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and their relevance to establishing the theoretical and practical basis for the rational clinical application of drugs. You will also examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of toxicology. This includes the basic principles of toxicokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion), and the factors affecting each. You will examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of xenobiotic toxicity, together with toxicity testing in the pharmaceutical industry. You will gain an insight into how intracellular signalling mechanisms can be manipulated, resulting in new research methodology. You will also engage with the literature surrounding molecular pharmacology and toxicology in order to understand recent developments in research in this area. SCQF Credit Value: 20.00. ECTS Credit Value: 10.00.

Research Skills - Molecular Analysis (10 Credits)

In this module you will relate the physico-chemical properties of DNA and protein to the methodologies and technologies used for molecular analysis. In doing so, you will understand the parameters that can be varied in the optimisation of a methodology and will be able to predict the effect of alterations to these parameters. You will study the current developments that are taking place in molecular analysis and critically review the application of this technology to areas of interest to biomedical sciences and biotechnology. SCQF Credit Value: 20.00. ECTS Credit Value: 10.00.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, June 2016.

Honours degree based in the bio-molecular sciences; acceptable subjects: pharmacy; pharmacology; pharmaceutical; or medicinal chemistry; biological; or biomedical sciences; chemistry; immunology; biotechnology; genetics; virology; molecular biology; forensic science.