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Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry MSc

Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Organic Chemistry Pharmacology

Course type


Course Summary

The UCL School of Pharmacy has an international reputation in natural drug discovery and the evaluation of drug leads from natural sources. This MSc has been designed in response to ever-increasing interest in the development and use of medicines derived from natural products. This programme aims to train students in the methods used to analyse and characterise medicinal natural products, to examine the safety and efficacy of currently used herbal medicines, analytical and bioassay methods, and the ethnopharmaceutical uses of plants from traditional systems of medicines.

The programme provides a broad overview of natural product science, the impact of natural products as medicines, their analysis and their place in various societies. Specifically the programme covers herbal medicines in healthcare and their safety and efficacy, with examples of natural products as medicines. There will also be lectures on the analysis of natural products and their place in the drug discovery process. Graduates of this programme have progressed to careers in herbal, phytopharmaceutical or health food sectors. Some are involved in drug discovery while others pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals - Core
Medicinal Natural Products - Core
Biodiversity and Medicines - Core
Analytical Techniques in Phytochemistry - Core
Natural Products Discovery - Core

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 need to have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or the pharmaceutical, chemical, biological or medical sciences, or a related field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.