Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,570 (FT)
- £24,400 (FT)
An upper 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 is required.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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This programme includes taught and research components and runs for 12 months. The research project begins immediately when students join their chosen laboratory. Project work continues throughout the whole year. The taught component is tailored to individual research programmes. Students select the appropriate modules for their chosen research discipline. There is also core training in research methods and transferable skills.
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.
- 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
- 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 10 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This MRes in Drug Sciences is conducted primarily as an in-depth and novel research project at the forefront of research in the area of medical and pharmaceutical sciences within the internationally recognised UCL School of Pharmacy.
Thus students gain research experience and training in their chosen research laboratory and also importantly, they have the opportunity to interact with expert researchers in all aspects of the drug discovery and delivery process.
Student / staff ratios › 99 staff including 42 postdocs › 117 taught students › 133 research students
Department: School of Pharmacy
Application and next steps
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 intended for any student with the appropriate qualifications wishing to pursue research in the drug discovery, drug development and drug delivery process.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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