Taught course

Model Based Drug Development

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require a relevant first degree (minimum Lower Second or equivalent) from a reputable internationally recognised institution.

For the individual CPD units, there are no specific entry requirements other than relevant industry experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Model-based Drug Development course provides the knowledge and skills for making evidence-based decisions at various stages of drug development.

It covers the scientific and regulatory aspects of evaluating a drug, with emphasis on the use of modelling and simulation methods. You will learn why these methods are so highly valued by industry and regulatory authorities as effective, cost-saving, decision-making tools. Learning is reinforced via hands-on application of the skills to real data.

The course has been developed with an emphasis on mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PKPD), such as physiologically-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) .

As this comes under the general umbrella of systems biology, you will be able to apply your knowledge of modelling and simulation in various areas of research within the pharmaceutical industry.

Full-time students benefit from immersion in the varied biomedical research environment at The University of Manchester, including interaction with research staff at the renowned Centre for Applied Pharmacokinetic Research .

Alternatively, part-time students already working in the pharmaceutical industry can take advantage of the flexible, distance learning mode of the course, which allows you to fit study around other commitments.

Information for international students

English language students whose first language is not English require a minimum of one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing
  • internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are:

  • minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5);
  • minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798