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Pharmaceutical Science MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

This course focus on advanced pharmaceutical skills including dosage, approaches and techniques, before moving on to the pathway of a drug from initial discovery to extensive clinical trials and regulatory approval. Let our SuperLabs and Nanotechnology Research Lab become your workspace as you carry out safe, ethical experiments while meeting world-class pharmaceutical standards.

Next, expand your knowledge of the design, analysis and manufacturing processes of producing effective and safe pharmaceutical products by developing scientific reasoning, problem solving skills, quality assurance and quality control.


Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking, as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesize existing knowledge, accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

As well as our MSc in Pharmaceutical Science, we also offer two intermediate awards – a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate. If you’re taking the full Masters course then you’ll also need to complete a dissertation.


We've worked closely with industry to ensure our course meets the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing. Once you graduate, you could work within the pharmaceutical industry as a formulation, quality control or production scientist. Or you might decide to make a career in regulatory affairs and research, or in a government regulatory body while involving yourself in licensing and post marketing surveillance procedures. Other career choices could be in the medical publication industry, academia, technical support, food or cosmetic industry. If you'd like to continue your studies in research or further education.

Different course options

Full time | Chelmsford Campus | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within medical science, professional practice, regulation and policy, You'll have the opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas and research skills needed for industry. Together, We'll explore the overarching research framework including both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, data collection methods, issues of rigor and data analysis approaches. We'll also look at reviewing published literature, critiquing studies and understanding the methodology of systematic reviews, and ethical issues relating to research conduct and use, and research governance. Our module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Tuition fees

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 (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 1st or 2nd class degree from a UK university (or its equivalent) in chemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, biomedical science, biology or a related subject. Qualifications or experience deemed to be equivalent to a 1st or 2nd class degree may be considered.

University information

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has a proud history dating back to 1858, when philanthropist John Ruskin opened the first campus as what was then the Cambridge School of Art. Since then ARU has grown exponentially, with four campuses in the East Anglia region. These are in: Cambridge Chelmsford London Peterborough Now you can study a range of subjects at ARU at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with flexible part time...more