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Pharmacology MSc

University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish St, W1W 6, London
Tel.+44 (0)20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 9.500 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018


The course aims to provide students, with the opportunity to greatly enhance and expand their understanding of pharmacology, toxicology and closely associated disciplines. Cutting edge content will allow students to take a more proactive role in understanding research and development of novel pharmacological agents, as well as evaluating their safety. Additionally, students will also evaluate the subject in a broader context by looking at how funding for health care and pharmaceconomics impacts upon the drug discovery and development process. The overall course objective is to develop students’ competencies so that they can establish a career in pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery, including the public and private sector and non-government organisations at local, national and international level.

You will study a number of core modules and option modules thus allowing you to tailor the course to your own particular requirements through a pure pharmacology route or via a more business-orientated route depending on module choice/availability. You will expand your knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology, drug discovery and toxicology. In addition you will gain knowledge of specialised areas of pharmacology including bioinformatics, immunopharmacology, neuropharmacology and state-of-the-art research in cellular signalling cascades, relevant to disease, drugs and therapeutics at the molecular and genetic level.

To enhance your learning experience you will be assigned a personal tutor and take part in our postgraduate training programme, designed to develop and enhance skills such as academic writing, presentation skills and interpretational analysis. You will also have the opportunity to attend our seminar series within the Factuality, and utilise some of the excellent tools available to our students including computer simulation software and our Human Patient Simulator (METI).

As we help you to develop as scientists, there will be an emphasis on the development of critical analysis skills, through interpretation of literature and data. You will also get the opportunity to undertake an independent research project within our research laboratories, thus developing your practical skills. Candidates wishing to enhance their experimental skills will be given the opportunity to take an extended research project. The course team are dedicated to the development of the field of pharmacology, through membership of the British Pharmacological Society and through their published research. In addition, we are supported by visiting lecturers helping to bring diversity of knowledge from many areas of the discipline to enhance this course.


Core Modules:

  • Molecular Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
  • Postgraduate Project
  • Postgraduate Research Methods
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Discoverry
  • Xenobiotic Metabolism Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology

Option modules

  • Communicating Science
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Science, Technology and Commercialisation


You must have a good (at least a lower second class) BSc Honours in Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry or a closely related subject, a professional qualification of equivalent status and associated work experience or an equivalent qualification deemed suitable by the course team. If you are applying for part-time study, you will normally be working in a relevant area and will require written support from your employer including confirmation that facilities will be available in your workplace for you to carry out your research project.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 in each element. During the induction stage of the course, if you do not have English as your first language, you will need to complete Academic English screening and any resulting recommended Academic English support activity.

Career Prospects

The course is aimed at those aspiring to be researchers within university research laboratories, work in the pharmaceutical industry or for personal development and career enhancement. During the course you will develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance your prospects for employment and research opportunities in the UK and overseas.


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