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Course Level:Postgraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time

About the Course

This two-year Master’s gives you the high-quality pharmacological training, knowledge and skills you need to work in the field of drug discovery and development alongside teaching you valuable skills in project management.

The development of safe and effective new drugs is a challenging and rewarding field. On this course, you acquire a broad knowledge of drug discovery and development, focusing on the mechanisms of drug action at molecular level; the treatment of human diseases; and the latest cell and molecular technologies used in pharmacology. You also have the opportunity to specialise in one research area through the completion of a laboratory research project.

The Project Management units include leading and managing organisational resources; personal professional development; and developing independent research. You build your ability to implement plans, overcome obstacles and achieve change in a project, organisation or in your own performance.

Why choose this course?

  • Study the principles of drug design, pre-clinical evaluation, clinical trials, regulatory affairs and the application of new technologies in the drug discovery and development process
  • Explore the latest therapeutic concepts and principles relating to the causes, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases in current clinical practice
  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of new technologies in cell and molecular biology
  • Work with our expert academic team, who are actively involved in research so you are up to the minute when it comes to current and emerging developments in the field
  • Gain a wide range of valuable practical and transferable skills as well as the ability to apply project management skills to problems and developments in the pharmacological field
  • Progress into careers in drug research and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the NHS and other public organisations; your project management skills are also relevant across a wide range of other sectors
The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Cell And Molecular Biology (BHS001-6) Compulsory
  • Clinical Pharmacology And Therapeutics (BHS007-6) Compulsory
  • Developing Independent Research (CIS132-6) Compulsory
  • Drug Discovery And Development (BHS005-6) Compulsory
  • Leading And Managing Organisational Resources (BSS064-6) Compulsory
  • Molecular Pharmacology (BHS006-6) Compulsory
  • Personal Professional Development (BSS074-6) Compulsory
  • Pharmacology Research Project (BHS010-6) Compulsory
  • Project Management (BSS060-6) Compulsory

The assessment philosophy of the MSc Pharmacology with Project Management Award conforms to the recommendations of the aspects of relevant QAA Benchmarks and Masters level descriptors. The methods used for the assessment of students achievements will correspond with the knowledge, abilities and skills that are to be developed through degree programme. Both formative and summative modes of assessment will be used. Summative assessments will be undertaken in all units of the course to check that you have met (or are working towards meeting) the threshold standards expected of all students. Also, there will be a formative assessment in the beginning of semesters 1 and 2 to help you understand the academic writing and online submission process along with the assessment marking criterion. Evidence on which assessment of students achievement is based will include: formal written examinations; summative practical assessments; laboratory and other written Academics; problem-solving exercises; oral presentations; individual planning, conduct and Academicing of project work; and essay assignments. Evidence on which assessment of students' achievement is based may include: literature surveys and evaluations; collaborative practicals; individual research project preparation and displays of 'posters' Academicing project work; personal portfolios of learning achieved; computer-based assessments; and self and peer assessment. The course assessment strategy is compliant with the University of Bedfordshires Quality Assurance Regulations. The commitment to practical skills and the ability to communicate and interpret data through scientific Developing Independent Research is emphasised at all units of the programme. As such, practical (laboratory) activities form a significant proportion of students assessment. Practical work will be assessed through written practical activities, poster oral presentations and reflective laboratory diaries. Assessment throughout the units, most notably in the research project, will call upon abstract writing and journal review skills to promote critical thinking and integration of knowledge across the course units. The importance of oral communication skills is also acknowledged, as some of the units require students to undertake oral presentations as a part of the unit assessments. Throughout the course formative feedback will be provided in support of various tasks that include practical work in all four units, mini-projects, literature reviews, case studies and presentation prior to final summative assessments. Students capability in carrying out research will be assessed through a research proposal, research project activities and presentations. Group work, including laboratory practical sessions, will help students to develop transferable skills such as taking initiative, communication, team working and decision making. Ability in oral communication will be assessed through presentations, including a poster presentation.

Why Study in the School of Life Sciences?

  • Specialist laboratories in new £40m STEM building
  • 92% satisfaction with Biological Science, NSS 2020

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student