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UCL School of Pharmacy
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7753 5831
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MSc in Pharmacognosy

Designed for students wishing to pursue a career in natural product science within the drug discovery, herbal or phytopharmaceutical industries, or to prepare for PhD-level research in academia.

MSc in Pharmacognosy


The MSc in Pharmacognosy is a 12 month full-time taught postgraduate programme intended for those who wish to prepare for PhD-level research in natural product science or to pursue a career in the phytopharmaceutical industry or a government regulatory body. The programme provides a broad overview of natural product science, the impact of natural products as medicines, their analysis and their place in various societies.

Specifically the programme will cover herbal medicines in healthcare, their safety and efficacy and with examples of natural products as medicines. There will also be lectures on the analysis of natural products and their place in the drug discovery process.

A visit to an industrial manufacturer of herbal medicinal products will also take place. The second semester will cover the Pharmacognosy discipline in further depth with lectures on the use of bioassays, physical methods for example structure elucidation of natural products, marine natural products and traditional systems of medicine.

 Course Details
Length and Mode 12 months full-time
Calendar Starts in late September
Number of Places Up to 20
Programme Director Dr Jose M Prieto-Garcia
Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
Tel:  +44 (0)20 7753 5913
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