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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,050
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,050

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • 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:

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 pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, physical science, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field, 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?

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 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 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

Next steps


Dr Gareth Williams

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