Taught course

Pharmaceutical Science

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally an 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. Applicants with degree-equivalent qualifications will be considered, as will applicants without Honours degree equivalence but who have appropriate experience gained in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industries. You may choose between two start dates - January or September for admission to the full-time programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course is studied full-time over one year and is split up into three trimesters. Alternatively it can be studied by individualised part-time study with attendance.

You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and through independent study. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

You will study modules in:

  • Current Practice in Drug Development
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Forefront Topics in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Research Skills - Molecular Analysis
  • Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
  • Drug Design and Chemotherapy
  • Independent research project (which may be work- or industry-based)

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550/213 Please see our website for up-to-date information.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for up-to-date fee & funding information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


part time
18-27 months
full time
9 months


full time
6 months
part time
12-18 months

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 8452 60 60 40