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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes (Pharmaceutical Sciences) course at UCLan provides specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of drug development, with the emphasis on the procedure of drug discovery, from target identification through to product marketing.

The course comprises of 1 semester of taught lectures, tutorials and lab work followed by 2 semesters of full-time, independent laboratory-based research project. This course is taught by researchers who have published extensively in the field of chemistry / pharmaceutics and who have a wide variety of expertise in drug development, formulation and drug delivery. The student will have an opportunity to select the supervisor and a research topic in a field of biopharmaceutics, inhalation, pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmaceutics, 3D printing, herbal drug extraction, structure modifications, nanotechnology, topical and oral medications.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The assessment strategies include exams based on mixed short and long essay questions, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, academic reports, lab skills test and oral viva.


The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has solid links with the pharmaceutical industry e.g. Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Wockhardt UK and GSK. Students will be exposed to the industrial settings through full day visits where will have an insight into the operation of pharmaceutical manufacturers, will follow industrial quality control and quality assurance procedures and will have an opportunity to discuss the potential of having a career in the pharmaceutical industry. This Master course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or to undertake jobs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the UK and overseas.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is semester 1 module. The aim of the module is to provide the student with transferable career skills that are related to the pharmaceutical sciences. The module aims to provide the student with an understanding of research principles and develop research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake research in the area of pharmaceutical sciences.

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 recent honours degree (minimum 2:2 UK-equivalent) in the fields of physical sciences, biosciences or pharmacy (or overseas equivalent) and a qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more

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