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Drug Discovery and Development

University of Central Lancashire · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Students must hold one of the following:

  1. A 1st or 2nd class honours degree of a UK university or its equivalent in chemistry, pharmacy, biology, forensic science, bio/medical sciences or a related subject.
  2. A qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

Those applicants seeking entry with appropriate experiences will be required to demonstrate the suitability of this experience both on application and at interview.

International students should have an English language qualification, IELTS at 6.5 (no individual mark lower than 6.0), TOEFL at 600 (paper) and 250 (CBE) with a TWE of 4.

Admission with Advanced Standing: students may be able to claim exemption from individual modules where they can demonstrate an appropriate level of prior qualification or experience. This will not normally be more than two modules. Applications for accreditation of prior learning, whether experiential or certified, will be considered on an individual basis and applicants should initially make arrangements to discuss their case with the Course Leader at the time of application.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is perfectly suited for graduates in related science areas who are interested in/are pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and research laboratories. It is also appealing to intending PhD researchers. Students are exposed to current and emerging trends in drug discovery, drug design and regulatory sciences through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals delivered by highly experienced academics and industrial experts. Future-proof course design ensures graduates would continually meet the core needs of the global pharmaceutical industry. Superb modern facilities and placements to the pharmaceutical industry exposes students to hands-on and real-life experiences.

Highlights of the Course

  • Placements
  • Real-life case studies
  • Employability with diverse career choices
  • Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Six core taught modules and a research project


Placements are to the pharmaceutical industry are carried out. The industry may be involved in the design/ drive of a research project. In such instances, the student may also visit the industry

Graduate Careers

Graduates would be equipped with a knowledge and skills base that allows pursuit of both scientific and non-scientific careers in a variety of pharmaceutical work environments. This may include jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies, academia, further studies-PhD etc.

Progression routes include further research towards higher degrees and other doctorate courses

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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