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Contact details

Professor Anne Stephenson

Email: sop.pharmacy@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5831

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£17,750 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

School of Pharmacy

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Pharmacy MRes

This programme provides a flexible opportunity to obtain high-level research-based training and a range of technical and academic skills. The choice of research project topic sets the focus of the MRes, so that the exact nature of the programme is to a considerable extent individual to each student.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This programme includes taught and research components and runs for twelve months. The taught component is tailored to your research programme and includes training in core research skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This MRes is conducted primarily as in in-depth and novel research project at the forefront of research in the area of medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Students will be expected to compliment this research with the study of Master’s-level modules in subject areas related to the research.

Your research begins straight away when you join your chosen laboratory and lasts for the whole year

MRes students attend and complete the PhD research training programme that runs throughout the year

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

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). Students will also study a specialist option or combination of modules from the MPharm or MSc programmes within the UCL School of Pharmacy, equivalent to 48 hours of contact time. This can either be one 48-hour module or two 24-hour modules.

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
  • Biomarkers and Clinical Diagnostics
  • Advanced Structure-Based Drug Design


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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor's degree or higher in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, the pharmaceutical or physical sciences or related fields, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 16 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is intended for students wishing to pursue research and will prepare you either for PhD-level study or a career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Pharmacy
  • why you want to study Pharmacy at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates of this programme can expect to become proficient research scientists equipped for a career in research, in the pharmaceutical industry, or with a government regulatory body.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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