Taught degree

Drug Sciences MRes

The MRes in Drug Sciences is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible oppotunity of high level research based training and a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£10,865 (FT)
£21,730 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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 componant 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.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation


  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nanomedicines and Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Discovery
  • Epileptic Disorders: Research Insights and Therapy
  • CNS Drugs of Abuse
  • CNS Pharmacology and Disorders
  • Women's Health
  • Medicines for Children
  • <strong>Students select either one or two modules from a wide range including</strong>:
  • Advanced Structure-Based Drug Design
  • Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Intelligent Design of Medicines
  • Overcoming Biological Barriers
  • Therapeutic Uses of Plants &#8211; Benefits and Risks
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Curing Cancer: New Targets, New Drugs, and New Problems


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.


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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 › 125 staff › 120 taught students › 120 research students

Department: 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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