UCL School of Pharmacy


Master of Research (MRes) Drug Sciences

The MRes Drug Sciences degree is intended for those wishing to pursue research. It will prepare you for PhD-level study or beginning a career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

This full-time postgraduate programme runs for twelve months. It includes taught and research components. Your research begins straight away when you join your chosen laboratory and lasts for the whole year. The taught component is tailored to your research programme and includes training in core research skills.


Our research areas

  • Cancer drug discovery
  • Drug delivery, formulation and materials science
  • Medical and molecular microbiology
  • Molecular and systems neuroscience
  • Pharmacognosy, ethnobotany and phytochemistry
  • Nanomedicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Medicinal and polymer chemistry
  • Structure-based drug design


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of both a taught component (30 credits) and a larger research component (150 credits). The taught component will be drawn from a range of specialist options taught by the School of Pharmacy. Students will study either one 30-credit or two 15-credit modules. Not all modules will be available every year.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation


  • Students select either one or two modules from a wide range including:
  • Medicines for Children
  • Women's Health
  • CNS Pharmacology and Disorders
  • CNS Drugs of Abuse
  • Epileptic Disorders: Research Insights and Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Discovery
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Curing Cancer: New Targets, New Drugs, and New Problems
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Uses of Plants – Benefits and Risks
  • Nanomedicines and Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Overcoming Biological Barriers
  • Intelligent Design of Medicines
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure-Based Drug Design
  • Medicinal Chemistry


All students undertake a programme of full-time research equivalent to approximately ten months' duration. This research will be written up as a dissertation at the end of the period of study.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, laboratory work, participation in the research training programme. Assessment is through written examination, research dissertation, oral presentation and viva voce examination.

Course Details
Length and Mode: 12 months full-time

28 July 2017

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Further information

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