Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics MSc

This programme teaches 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£12,570 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£24,400 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

UK/EU applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Overseas applicants
Close: 30 June 2016

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.

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.

International students

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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Degree Information

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.

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


  • Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Challenges in the Management of Clinical Trials
  • CNS Drugs of Abuse
  • CNS Pharmacology and Disorders
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Epileptic Disorders
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Receptor Mechanisms
  • Synaptic Pharmacology


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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics MSc


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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease - Masters Excellence Scholarship

UK/EU Fees plus stipend (1)
UK, EU students

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 and/or build careers in industry or clinical investigations through employment as research associates/scientists in the pharmaceutical industry or academia.


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, which will transfer well to other disciplines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is jointly taught by UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (Division of Biosciences), and Research Department of Pharmacology at the UCL School of Pharmacy. Both departments 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.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

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?

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.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
29 July 2016
Overseas applicants
30 June 2016

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:
  • 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.


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