Pharmaceutical Science MSc


Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 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, October 2016.

Full time | Sighthill Campus | 1 year | 02-SEP-17

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


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

Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Current Practice in Drug Development (10 Credits)

You will develop a demonstrable understanding of the principles of drug development at the molecular level and the practices currently adopted in industry. You will focus on the historical origins of existing drugs and contemporary methods being used to develop new ones. You will learn to appraise and analyse physical parameters and data on drug candidate molecules and (supported by specialist guest-lecturer expertise) become familiar with legislation (regulatory and patenting) crucial to the licensing and marketing of new pharmaceuticals. Industry-modelled case studies, individual and group activities will enhance your presentational and organizational skills to achieve competency in workshop preparation and delivery; and in writing scientific research reviews. SCQF Credit Value: 20.00. ECTS Credit Value: 10.00.

Independent research project (30 Credits)

In this module you will conduct an independent piece of research, either as a practical laboratory-based project, or a piece of qualitative research (e.g. surveys). This involves design, development and implementation of a programme of research in a particular field of study relevant to your programme of study. You will critically analyse data/information generated, and communicate the outcomes in a written report, which will develop your skills in scientific writing. This will give you experience in summarising information and presentation skills. SCQF Credit Value: 60.00. ECTS Credit Value: 30.00.

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, October 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, October 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.