Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc/PGDip

Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc/PGDip

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.


Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science


Medway Campus


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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


Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or industries manufacturing other health care products.

Full time

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Chemical, Pharm. & Life Sci.

From forensic science and chemistry to pharmaceutical science and human nutrition. Whatever you choose to study you will be taught by experienced staff in state-of-the-art labs and gain important skills.

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