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Pharmaceutical Sciences MRes

Pharmaceutical Sciences MRes

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    One Year

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Post-registration

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MRes

Why study this programme?

The MRes (Pharmaceutical Sciences) course at UCLan provides specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of drug development, with the emphasis on the procedure of drug discovery, from target identification through to product marketing.

The course comprises of 1 semester of taught lectures, tutorials and lab work followed by 2 semesters of full-time, independent laboratory based research project. This course is taught by researchers who have published extensively in the field of chemistry / pharmaceutics and who have a wide variety of expertise in drug development, formulation and drug delivery. The student will have an opportunity to select the supervisor and a research topic in a field of biopharmaceutics, inhalation, pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmaceutics, 3D printing, herbal drug extraction, structure modifications, nanotechnology, topical and oral medications.

We have close industrial links with Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Wockhardt UK and GSK. Students will be exposed to the industrial setting through visits and placements.

This postgraduate course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or to undertake jobs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the UK and overseas. 

Entry Requirements

  • Recent honours degree (Minimum 2:2 UK-equivalent) in the fields of physical sciences, biosciences or pharmacy (or overseas equivalent).
  • International students should have an English language qualification: IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 600 (paper) and 250 (CBE) with TWE 4.
  • A qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • PJ4011 Research Methods and Principles
  • PJ4012 Drug Development and Discovery
  • PJ4013 Fundamentals of Formulation; Drug Delivery and Biopharmaceutics 

Semester 2 and 3

  • PJ4020 Research Project

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 5 September 2018

Further Information

Modules and module Leaders:

PJ4011 Research Methods and Principles
Dr Enoche Oga

This semester long module will enable students to develop diverse research and presentation skills.

PJ4020 Research Project
Dr Marta Krysmann

The individual Research Project is the culmination of the MRes Programme. This module will further develop the student’s ability to formulate hypotheses and employ relevant experimental strategies in the field of the pharmaceutical sciences, including industrial pharmaceutics, drug discovery and development. It will expand the student’s ability to critically evaluate and plan experimental methods, conduct a research, analyse data and present research data both orally and in the form of a written scientific report in the style of a scientific journal article.

PJ4012 Drug Development and Discovery
Dr Abdullah Isreb

The aim of this module is to provide students with a systematic overview of the drug discovery and development processes. Students will therefore gain an insight into the whole procedure of drug development, from target identification through to product marketing.

PJ4013 Fundamentals of Formulation; Drug Delivery and Biopharmaceutics
Dr Mohamed A Alhnan

The purpose of this module is to provide the student with transferable career skills that are related to the pharmaceutical sciences. This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of research principles and develop research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake research in the area of pharmaceutical sciences. 

At UCLan we strive to provide the best for our students. We invite skilled researchers and industry experts from across the UK to share their knowledge and expertise with our current students.

For further information contact: Dr Marta Krysmann mkrysmann@uclan.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £6,700 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has close links with the pharmaceutical industry e.g. Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Wockhardt UK and GSK.

Students will be exposed to the industrial setting through full day visits, where students will observe the manufacture of liquid dosage forms.  The visits provide valuable insight into the operation of pharmaceutical manufacturers showing how raw materials are transformed into pharmaceutical products following rigorous quality control and quality assurance procedures throughout the manufacturing process. In addition, there will be a visit from industry experts where the students will have an opportunity to discuss various topics on their employability, career in the pharmaceutical industry and requirements for industrial jobs. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

The assessment strategies include: exams based on mixed short and long essay questions, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, academic reports, lab skills test and oral viva.

Opportunities

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has solid links with the pharmaceutical industry e.g. Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Wockhardt UK and GSK. Students will be exposed to the industrial settings through full day visits where will have an insight into the operation of pharmaceutical manufacturers, will follow industrial quality control and quality assurance procedures and will have an opportunity to discuss the potential of having a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

The School organises the Postgraduate Poster Presentation sessions which provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students to share their research and network with professional and student researchers from the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences.

In addition, a series of Postgraduate Seminars are regularly hosted by the School. The students have an opportunity to attend talks from world-class researchers in a variety of relevant fields. Participation from Master’s students in the sessions is encouraged to allow students to develop and refine their presentation skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

This Master course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or to undertake jobs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the UK and overseas.