Dr Jose M Prieto-Garcia
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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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.
The UCL School of Pharmacy has an international reputation in natural drug discovery and the evaluation of drug leads from natural sources. This MSc has been designed in response to ever-increasing interest in the development and use of medicines derived from natural products
What will I learn?
This programme aims to train students in the methods used to analyse and characterise medicinal natural products, to examine the safety and efficacy of currently used herbal medicines, analytical and bioassay methods, and the ethnopharmaceutical uses of plants from traditional systems of medicines.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
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 covers 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 take place.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Alll students undertake a four-month research project in the third term which culminates in a dissertation. Topics range from natural product isolation and characterisation, synthesis, analysis, and a survey of medicinal products used in the community.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory-based practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework and practical assignments, and the research project and oral presentation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or the pharmaceutical, chemical, biological or medical sciences, 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?
This programme is designed for students wishing to pursue a natural sciences oriented career in research and development in the herbal, phytopharmaceutical or (health) food sector as well as drug discovery.
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 Pharmacognosy
- why you want to study Pharmacognosy 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
Recent graduates of this programme have progressed on to careers in herbal, phytopharmaceutical or health food sectors. Some are involved in drug discovery while 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: