MSc Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The goal of this programme is to teach advanced experimental approaches in pharmacology, a sciences that has seen theoretical development for over a century at UCL.

What will I learn?

In addition to providing experience and participation in classical and modern, cutting-edge pharmacological techniques, taught by internationally recognised researchers, 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 MSc Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics is a joint programme between two academic groups with outstanding teaching and research profiles in the field of pharmacology; the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (Division of Biosciences) and the Department of Pharmacology (School of Pharmacy). Both the collaborating departments are historically and currently internationally leading in this field, and together they promise to teach theory, research practise and innovation in pharmacology in a most consummate manner.

The combination of teaching traditional and contemporary experimental approaches in pharmacology, coupled with current innovation in therapeutics, drug discovery and development, is a key strength of the proposed programme because it aims to fostering a unique set of skills which will enable the prospective students to engage in various aspects of pharmaceutical research globally. 

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.

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

Optional Modules

  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Research project

Students will undertake an original research project which will culminate in a 15,000-word dissertation and an oral presentation.

Entry qualification requirements

The Programme aims to attract graduates with a good degree in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology or Pharmacy, with an interest in pharmacological approaches, theory and practice of drug-receptor interactions, and methodologies employed in the identification and evaluation of potential drug targets.

The minimum entry requirement will be an upper second-class honours degree from any UK university, in any of the above mentioned and related disciplines, 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.  For further information on the English language requirement, please visit our Graduate Prospectus

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit the UCL Graduate Applications page

The deadline for applications is 30th June for international applicants and 1st August for UK/EU applicants. Students are advised to apply as early as possible. 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. However, the knowledge and transferable skills developed in the course will also be suitable for those considering employment in any pharmaceutical or healthcare setting, or are contemplating further studies in related fields. The programme will also provide excellent training in critical appraisal of complex data, abilities that will assign to other disciplines.

Fees and Funding

This degree is offered full-time or part-time for UK/EU students and full-time for overseas students. 

For fee information please see our Postgraduate Taught Fee Schedule page.

For further funding information please see our Sources of Funding page.





Administration and Admissions
Ms Jenni Todd +44(0)203 108 4057

Programme Co-Director

UCL Dept Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology

Professor Talvinder Sihra +44(0)207 679 3296

Programme Co-Director

UCL School of Pharmacy

Dr Jasmina Jovanovic
+44(0)207 753 5887