Research course

Drug Delivery Systems with International Placement

University of Strathclyde · Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a first or second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a biological/pharmaceutical-related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

An MRes degree is focussed on research. Students spend 8 months undertaking a research project; examples include:
1- Nanoparticulate formulations of insulin and their analysis.
2- Nasal formulations of poorly soluble compounds.
3- Imaging of dermal formulations using Raman microscopy techniques.
4- Antileishmanial activity of extracts and compounds from Monodora myristica.

Instructional classes cover four areas:
1- biostatistics, experimental planning, data presentation, ethics in research.
2- commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
3- advanced-level techniques, specialising in drug delivety or formulation.
4- advanced-level topics, specialising in drug delivety or formulation.

The course structure is similar as for the mRes Drug Delivery Systems. However, studnets spend between 3 and 6 months completing a research project at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Department specialisms

SIPBS is an integrated research facility for Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery underpinned by a pharmaceutical focus in Pharmacology, Integrative Biology, Immunology and Microbiology. Our overall strategy is to use pharmacological and genetic approaches to inform on biology, integrated with drug discovery and formulation programmes focused on defined diseases.

Information for international students

SIPBS has a high proportion of Malaysian students through its collaboration with the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The MRes course attracts students from the Indian subcontinent, middle east, and Africa (particularly Egypt and Libya).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Catherine Lawrence
+44 (0)141 548 5755