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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

This course has been developed with an emphasis on describing mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting the pharmacokinetics of drugs throughout the drug development process. You will encounter a broad range of experiences in the application of pharmacokinetics from early discovery and development, through to market authorisation and clinical applications. Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety and investigates the fate of a drug in the body, and how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. Develop your skills and knowledge in the application of pharmacokinetics to the design and optimisation of new therapeutics. You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The use of cutting edge modelling and simulation techniques is also common for the elective modules and will provide exposure and training to cutting edge software platforms used within the Pharmaceutical Industry. This course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster. In addition to the particular knowledge and skills that you will gain on these courses, you will also develop transferable skills such as: Presenting; Team working; Report writing; Critical analysis; Negotiating; Data analysis skills.

This course will prepare you for pursuing careers within the pharmaceutical industry (drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, DMPK, departments) whilst also providing some training to support clinical transition to apply pharmacokinetic principles in clinical trials or clinical treatment optimisation through virtual clinical trial simulations. Furthermore, the training may provide other opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry including: analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies. Recent graduate roles include: Senior Regulatory Approval Officer; Associate Product Manager; Formulation Scientist; Clinical tutor; Research Assistant; Assistant Lecturer; OSD Technologist; Drug Store Manager.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Communication Skills: This module includes critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers, writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentation skills.

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 must possess a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in one of the following subjects (or a related field): Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical Science; Pharmacology; Physiology; Physical Science; Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Genetics; Materials Science; Medicine. All students are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.