Taught course


University of East London · School of Health, Sports and Bioscience - HSB

Entry requirements

For entry to this programme, students are required to have a minimum of a second class undergraduate degree from a UK university in a relevant subject e.g. Pharmacology or Physiology. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to these criteria may be admitted to the programme at the admission tutors discretion which will normally involve an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both the practical and theoretical aspects of Pharmacology, and the necessary skills to undertake individual and collaborative research. All modules are obligatory core modules and students take two specialist subject modules in semester A, two specialist modules in semester B and a module in research during the summer. The programme is run by the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

Programme structure

One year full time or two years part time for MSc and PG Diploma (PG Diploma is only available as an intermediate award).
One year part time for PG Certificate (only available as an intermediate award).
Part time students take the research skills in pharmacology and physiology module in semester A and one core module in semester B of year one. In year two they take one core module in semester A and another core module in semester B. The project is carried out in year 2.
Taught modules are delivered in a semesterised system, with semesters running from September to January and February to June.
Students will need to pass research skills in Pharmacology and Physiology (Semester A) to be able to undertake the individual research project.
The research projects will run through the summer period

Career opportunities

Most graduates would be expected to pursue research careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the National Health Service or Health Protection Agency, environmental monitoring, in academic research in Universities, research institutes etc. Many students will acquire sufficient knowledge to allow them to go on to laboratory based careers. This degree can also be utilised by those students who would like to pursue a doctorate in areas allied to cellular and molecular pharmacology such as basic translational research into ion channels and the drug discovery processes.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978