About the course

This programme gives you in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis of drug discovery and development, which has revolutionised the pharmaceutical industry in recent years. Our involvement with international drug companies has allowed us to keep our courses fully up-to-date. With our excellent facilities, emphasis on practical work, and teaching underpinned by the latest research, you will be qualified for research and development positions in pharmaceutical companies, as well as a wide range of other roles in industry.

The programme will have a heavy emphasis on practical work and will cover the following areas:

  • Pharmacological and relevant physiological principles
  • Molecular biology techniques in pharmacology
  • The application of bioinformatics to drug discovery
  • Quantitative aspects of pharmacology
  • Case studies in drug discovery
  • Molecular medicine
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases
  • Safety evaluation
  • Research project

You will undertake a practical project as part of your MSc enabling you to use our excellent facilities and to gain experience working alongside researchers in our Pharmacology Research Group. Current research projects include studies in:

  • Gastrointestinal pharmacology, particularly with respect to diabetes
  • Angiogenesis
  • Cancer
  • Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents
  • Molecular pharmacology of vascular disease
  • Modelling pharmacokinetics
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Pharmacology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Pharmacology

Why choose this course?

  • This is an intensive programme that will provide training in pharmacology, molecular biology and their application to drug discovery, using a problem based learning approach
  • You will receive training in a range of pharmacological and molecular practical techniques as well as completing a research project
  • Upon completion, you will be able to enter a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry or pursue further postgraduate research
  • The School of Life and Medical Science will move into a brand new science building opening in September 2015 providing us with world class laboratories for our teaching and research. At a cost of £50M the new building provides spacious naturally lit laboratories and social spaces creating an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary learning and research.

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Professional Accreditations

Not Applicable

Course details


Graduates of the programme will be qualified for research and development positions in the pharmaceutical industries, to progress to a research degree or to consider regulatory, marketing or management roles in industry.

Teaching methods

Upon entering the programme, students are provided with introductory material to facilitate their transition to Master's level study. Cellular Molecular Biology is taught in parallel with Core Pharmacology, which both involve a high proportion of practical work. Students will experience a range of learning styles including conventional lectures, workshops and problem based learning. Teaching in Molecular Medicine and Pharmacovigilance & Drug Discovery Development uses case studies to foster skills such as working independently or as part of a team, demonstrating initiative and problem solving. You will also study a module in Biosciences Research Methods for Masters. All assessments are coursework only (including in-class tests), which are strategically phased throughout the course to provide regular feedback.


  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Cellular Molecular Biology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Core Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Medicine 30 Credits Compulsory
    Drug Discovery Development and Pharmacovigilance 30 Credits Compulsory
    Biosciences Research Methods for Masters 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project-Mol Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology 45 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    • An honours degree at 2:1 or above,
    • or equivalent professional qualification, in the biosciences or biochemistry, including an understanding of physiology and/or pharmacology;
    • or a first or second class honours degree in pharmacy
    • or a qualification in medicine, veterinary science or dentistry.
    • For country specific international qualifications please check here.

    An IELTS score of 6.5 is required if English is not the first language. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)


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    28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students