Master of Regulatory Science (Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices)

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About the course

This four year Regulatory Science course (MRegSci) has been developed to give you a thorough understanding and advanced knowledge of pharmaceuticals and medical devices theory and practice. This course includes the study of science and registration of such products for marketing authorisation throughout the world. The aims of the course are to provide you with the relevant scientific knowledge and skills required to be a regulatory professional and expert.

In addition, you will develop an understanding of normal and abnormal bodily functions in order to be able to apply your knowledge to efficacy and safety (benefit-risk balance) of pharmaceutical and devices. You will learn about the role of a regulatory professional in healthcare, regulatory authority, in the pharmaceutical/devices industry and will have the opportunity in the fourth year of the course to have hands on experience in the workplace. You will also develop interpersonal skills such as communication, application of information technology and group working within the context of the profession.

Why choose this course

  • Pioneering course - First in the world to offer this undergraduate degree
  • You will be highly sought after you graduate in this niche profession
  • Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished chemistry labs. See our virtual tour of our new science building
  • The University of Hertfordshire is perfectly placed to teach and prepare you for careers in the exciting sectors of pharma/devices industry, regulatory and health technology assessment agencies.
  • Placement in industry in final year
  • University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries

Home (UK) Candidates - Any student who is currently taking or intends to take GCE A Level Chemistry and one other science subject.

EU and International Candidates – Any student who is currently enrolled on a science track high school diploma or baccalaureate studying Chemistry and at least one other science subject at this level.

As a newly graduated Regulatory Professional/Expert, you will work in a regulatory authority (e.g. EMA, MHRA), pharmaceutical industry, medical devices industry or a contract research organisation (CRO) environment, normally, benefitting from supervision of an experienced regulatory science expert navigating you through the exciting field of regulatory affairs. This is a highly demanded niche area which attracts high salary (e.g. 100,000) once more experienced.

Entry requirements

  • 112 UCAS points with a minimum of a grade C in  A Level chemistry plus at least one other science subject at GCE A Level or equivalent.
  • Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and dual science (or biology and chemistry) at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the old grading system).
  • Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications and those from overseas will be considered on an individual basis.

Course details


On successful completion of the course, you will start employment straight away either in the organisation you carried out your Residency Placement or another similar one. Professional courses at the University of Hertfordshire have a very strong record of producing students who are quickly successful in gaining relevant employment. Undertaking placements will mean you will have plenty of links into potential relevant organisations mentioned above. sources of local work when you finish. Both local, European as well as international organisations have expressed an interest and are committed to recruit from the graduates from this course.

Teaching Methods

This is a professional science programme, delivered through a variety of taught interactive lectures, laboratory experiments, small group sessions/workshops, tutorials, problem-based learning and practical/hands-on and research skills. The underpinning residency placement and the research project elements run throughout the final (fourth) year.


The fourth year work placement (Residency and Research Project) forms an essential part of the programme and is intended to train you to meet the challenges of today’s pharmaceutical/device regulatory environment and its market place. This model will give you command of your skills as a practitioner bringing tangible added value to your work environment. The University of Hertfordshire is specifically equipped to ensure the success of such a residency programme through an extensive healthcare, insurance, recruitment, government and industry network. Through strong international academic links, the University of Hertfordshire is also in a unique position of hosting a culturally and vocationally diverse composition of students. In this sense, the programme hopes to reflect the endeavour and spirit of globalisation, a concept valued and shared by academia and business enterprises alike.

How to apply

To apply please go directly through UCAS.