Taught course

Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an Honours degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent, in a life sciences, pharmacology or clinical sciences based undergraduate course. We would normally be looking for study of the following subjects in the final year of an undergraduate degree programme: physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or pharmacology. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with no lower than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Months of entry


Course content


The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. This is essential to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical biotechnology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course also encompasses an emerging area of science is known as ‘Translational Medicine’ and needs a new breed of Pharmacologist who can apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, management and data analysis, and who understands the legislation and other regulatory procedures surrounding disease treatment.

The course will also cover relevant biotechnical innovations associated with pharmacology and drug discovery, as well as both classical clinical trial design and health-outcomes research.

Our course is designed to provide such specialists by applying basic and clinical science to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, supported by our excellent staff, research expertise and laboratory facilities.

Why choose this course?

  • Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry,
  • emphasis on vocational skills development,
  • excellent preparation for wide range of careers in extensive and varied health industry,
  • hands-on experience of a wide range of research methods in well-equipped laboratories,
  • innovative curriculum combining basic and clinical sciences,
  • high levels of employability on graduation.

What will I learn?

The pharmacology and drug discovery postgraduate programme comprises of a combination of modules depending on whether you undertake the PgDip or Masters programme of study and includes the following:

  • research methods and project;
  • pharmaceutical discoveries;
  • advanced pharmacology and drug discovery and development;
  • genomes and DNA technology;
  • biotechnology in the diagnosis of disease;
  • current topics in biotechnology and drug discovery.

The course is designed for a national and international audience.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office

Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
024 7765 4321