Taught course

Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Greenwich · Computer Science

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above (or equivalent level qualification in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science OR substantial workplace experience. • Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but applicants should e-mail the Programme Leader via science-queries@gre.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programme was developed in response to the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.

The programme will generate graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, allowing students to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture and including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

Delivery on this programme involves a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises. Many of the lectures on this programme are delivered by leading industrial experts. Problem-based learning and case studies will provide students with experience of team-working that simulates an industrial setting. Students will develop team-working, critical thinking and analytical problem solving abilities which are important in the modern pharmaceutical industry.

The main part of the programme is a research project that runs over the whole academic year and gives students the opportunity to work with modern research equipment to carry out novel research. Project work will help students enhance practical skills, analytical thinking, time management, communication skills and independence.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To acquire a sound core knowledge base together with knowledge of a specialist area of pharmaceutical sciences to support current and future developments of pharmaceutical and related sciences
  • To enhance students' critical, analytical, practical and communication skills relevant to the modern, multidisciplinary pharmaceutical industry
  • To develop research skills in terms of: planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting the results of investigations
  • To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to solve a range of pharmaceutical drug development and processing problems
  • To enable students to use and develop advanced theories and develop novel concepts to explain pharmaceutical development and processing data.


  • Analytical Methods and QA/QC Principles (30 credits)
  • Colloids and Structured Materials in Formulations (30 credits)
  • Drug Discovery and Medical Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Modern Pharmaceutical Technologies and Process Engineering (30 credits)
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Project (60 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000
020 8331 8145