Taught course


Keele University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for 2024 entry will be confirmed in Autumn 2023.

For up to date details, please see the course page on the Keele University website.

Months of entry


Course content

Our career-focused Pharmacology MSc aims to provide you with the advanced theoretical knowledge, practical and analytical skills required for career advancement within drug research and related industries.

The Keele MSc Pharmacology programme aims to provide you with advanced-level study into the theoretical and practical aspects of molecular and cellular pharmacology, and modern drug discovery.

Building from core concepts in biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and drug design you will explore approaches to drug development and the molecular mechanisms of drug action relevant to the treatment of a range of conditions.

Throughout the programme you will develop your practical and analytical skills in the execution of a range of core and advanced procedures common in pharmacology research laboratories.

In the second semester you will learn how to integrate and apply concepts from an advanced understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to the mode action and therapeutic application to individual patients and diverse populations.
You will also strengthen your understanding of modern approaches in drug development and learn about the principles of project management and business planning.

In semester three you will complete a research project. This will provide you with the opportunity to utilise a number of key learning outcomes from across the programme and to take responsibility for the formulation, management, execution, and final interpretation and presentation of a new piece of scientific research in an area of pharmacology.

Information for international students

This course is available to international students.

Fees and funding

It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.


We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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