UCL School of Pharmacy


Course information - MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship

This unique MSc will give students the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact pharmaceutical, biotech and start-up business ventures.

Increasingly, medicines research is moving from ‘big pharma’ to small biotech companies and start-ups. To succeed in this new environment, scientific skills are not enough: employers and financiers also need to be confident that the people they are working with possess the entrepreneurial skills to grow and sustain a business effectively.

What you will learn

Students will learn how to develop and assess a new business concept, and how to raise finance for and market a business and its outputs. They will build their scientific skillset by exploring two emerging research areas in pharmaceutics. Leadership, transferrable skills, networking and employability will be directly taught in the programme. Students will also undertake an extended project in which they can choose to undertake original experimental work, develop a business case, or a mixture of both. As a result, both high-level scientific and transferrable skills will be developed.

This programme is truly unique as it enables students to combine their scientific knowledge with entrepreneurial ambition and thereby add great value to the drug manufacturing pipeline. It will build on the strength of two world-leading UCL departments, and its graduates will make significant contributions to the generation of wealth and well-being around the world.

Academics and staff

Students taking MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship will be taught by world-leading academic staff in the UCL Schools of Pharmacy and Management. They will in particular benefit from the experience of UCL academics who have themselves established pharmaceutical start-up companies including Nanomerics (Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu), FabRx (Professor Abdul Basit, Professor Simon Gaisford), Intract Pharma (Professor Abdul Basit) and Polytherics (Professor Steve Brocchini).

They will develop a range of transferrable skills, and through the involvement of UCL Advances will have access to a wealth of expertise and advice on how to start a business. They will also benefit from the outstanding facilities of UCL and the UCL School of Pharmacy.

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