Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics MSc


The goal of this programme is to teach advanced experimental approaches to dissecting the mechanisms of drug action (pharmacology), a science that has seen innovative theoretical and technical development at UCL for over a century.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,850
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Overseas applicants: 30 June 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

In addition to providing experience of both classical and modern pharmacological techniques, the programme will help develop skills for literature search-based data acquisition and analysis, written and verbal communication of science; abstract writing; poster preparation; graphical processing; image preparation for publication; writing a scientific paper; and giving research presentations.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme is jointly taught by UCL’s Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (Division of Biosciences), and UCL School of Pharmacy. Both are historically and currently internationally leading in this field, and together provide cutting-edge education in theory, research practice and innovation in pharmacology.

The programme is designed to impart extensive experimental expertise and its application towards drug development and subsequent therapeutics. The combination of traditional and experimental approaches in pharmacology, coupled with current innovation in therapeutics and drug discovery and development, fosters a unique set of skills, which will enable graduates of the programme to engage in various aspects of pharmaceutical research globally.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Investigative Pharmacology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Practice of Science

Options

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • CNS Drugs of Abuse
  • CNS Pharmacology and Disorders
  • Drug Discovery and Clinical Development
  • Epileptic Disorders
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Neuropharmacology
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Receptor Mechanisms
  • Synaptic Pharmacology

Dissertation/report

Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, journal clubs, practicals, tutorials and a laboratory project. Student performance is evaluated through formal examination, coursework, and the research project.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme   (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

These awards are based on academic merit and/or financial need.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

This Scholarship is specifically design for those students who are experiencing financial hardship.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Based on financial need

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


Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university, in Life Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology or Pharmacy, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional or other qualifications obtained by written examinations and approved by UCL, together with at least three years of appropriate professional experience, will also be considered. (All students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a proficiency in English language, equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in any subtest.)

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014 for UK/EU applicants and 30 June 2014 for international applicants.

Who can apply?

The programme aims to train postgraduate students primarily towards the subsequent completion of a PhD and/or a career in pharmacological research and drug development.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.


Career

This programme will open avenues for careers in biomedical sciences, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and clinical laboratories, and extend to clinicians interested in moving towards a scientific career. Students will obtain a thorough knowledge of and practice in pharmacological assessment, drug design and development pathways. It is anticipated that graduates will move onto PhD programmes, build careers in industry or clinical investigations through employment as research associates/scientists in the pharmaceutical industry or academia.

Employability

The knowledge and transferable skills developed on this programme will be advantageous for those considering employment in any pharmaceutical or healthcare setting, or contemplating further studies in related fields. The programme will also provide excellent training in critical appraisal of complex data, abilities that will transfer well to other disciplines.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Jenni Todd

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4057

Department

Division of Biosciences

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