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MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2022/23

Pharmacology and Biotechnology

Study alongside research-active experts, and gain detailed knowledge of pharmacology and biotechnology. You’ll consider the research, industrial, commercial and medical aspects of the discipline. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities on exciting practical projects.
  • Explore the fundamental principles of molecular pharmacology and biotechnology.
  • Enhance your laboratory skills from experimental design through to interpretation of results.
  • Learn how to synthesise new drugs, or produce them from genetically modified microorganism.
  • Develop as an autonomous learner capable of reflecting on learning, knowledge and professional practices.

This course has been designed to respond to the increasing need for professional pharmacologists and biotechnologists. You'll learn to translate laboratory medical research into clinical applications, and study topics such as diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of disease. Throughout, you'll learn to apply medical biotechnology, biopharmaceutics and drugs.

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Ola Wale Pharma

'I acquired transferable skills which increased my competence in my current work as a lecturer- and developed my confidence.'

Olumuyiwa Olorunyomi, MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology, 2017 graduate

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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course, you’ll work with researchers and academics who are expert and renowned in the field, and do so in cutting-edge industry-standard facilities.

You’ll tackle theoretical topics including pharmacology and advanced cell biology, as well as technical topics such as sub-cloning, cell culture and quantitative real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR)

Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the program and applied to pharmacological and biotechnological problems or case studies. New elements of Genomics and Proteomics have been introduced, which allow you to apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design. Modules may include Fundamentals of Laboratory Practice, Cell Biology and Applied Laboratory Practice.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • a programme of laboratory classes
  • a full semester research project

Applied learning

Laboratory experience and research project

All practical classes are led by academic staff whose research incorporates the latest pharmacological and biotechnological techniques.

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular biology techniques such as quantitative real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR), sub-cloning and cell culture.

Core to the program are practical classes where you gain experience in a range of the latest techniques used in the determination of essential pharmacological parameters.

Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the program and applied to pharmacological and biotechnological problems or case studies. New elements of Genomics and Proteomics have been introduced allowing students to apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, and management and data analysis.

You will have the opportunity to conduct a semester-long investigative research project within the biomedical field. This work will take place in cutting-edge, industry-standard laboratories and teaching labs under the supervision of world-renowned active research staff.

This work will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within our specialist Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. The project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, design of research methods and the analysis, presentation and interpretation of experimental data.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • academic research
  • the industrial biotechnology sector
  • the health biotechnology sector
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • environmental sector

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Danone
  • Eli Lilly
  • Certara
  • BD Biosciences (San Francisco Bay Area, US
  • PhD Researcher at St George’s University of London
  • Associate member at Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • HR Operations at Deloitte India (Offices of the US)

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work in state-of-the-art facilities including

  • industry-standard instrumentation in teaching and professional labs
  • an analytical and mass spectrometry suite
  • a state of the art cell culture suite
  • a professional microscopy suite

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Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Laboratory Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Biotechnological Approaches To Pharmacology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Pharmacology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Molecular Biology And Biotechnology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biopharmaceuticals And Drug Discovery Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Translational Research Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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