Drug Sciences 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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,550

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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

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.

Further details available on subject website:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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 Drug Sciences
  • why you want to study Drug Sciences at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the UCL School of Pharmacy
  • 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.

Next steps


Professor Anne Stephenson

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