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Contact details

Dr Simon Gaisford

Email: s.gaisford@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5958

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£17,250 (FT)

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

More information

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. 

Drug Delivery MSc

This programme was introduced in specific response to the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry for highly skilled, competent scientists capable of taking new, promising drug candidates and developing them into world-class medicines. The Drug Delivery MSc at UCL School of Pharmacy now attracts record numbers.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This programme provides education in the science of successful medicine design, development and manufacture and students acquire the key skills needed to pursue a career in industrial product development or a research career in the design of drug delivery systems. Particular emphasis is placed on developing research skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The research project, perhaps the most exciting aspect of this programme, now lasts seven months. During this period you will join the research of one of our world-leading academics, pursuing research that will advance the progress of contemporary medicine design.

Our close links with the UK pharma industry mean we can arrange careers days where you will have direct access to potential employers.

We have introduced elements to the programme which will provide evidence of continuing professional development and increase your employability. These include building a portfolio, and classes to develop your key skills in communication, calculations and IT.

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 two core modules (60 credits), optional modules (to a total of 60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Overcoming Biological Barriers
  • Methods of Analysis


  • Term One
  • Medicines for Children and Pharmacy Production and Quality Assurance
  • Or Biopharmaceuticals

  • Term Two
  • Nanomedicines and Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Or Intelligent Design of Medicines


All students undertake a research project which is the major component of this MSc programme and culminates in a written dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars as well as industrial visits. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework assignments and research project. You may be required to attend an oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor's degree or higher in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, physical science, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field, 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?

The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in a life science, not necessarily pharmacy, who wish to pursue a research degree or a career in product development in the pharmaceutical industry.

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 Drug Delivery
  • why you want to study Drug Delivery 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 progress on to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs. Others pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas

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

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