Pharmaceutical Research MRes

London, Bloomsbury

This programme has a large research component, and you will spend at least ten months of the year conducting an in-depth and novel research project, at the forefront of research in the area of medication safety and/or pharmaceutical sciences in a department or laboratory of your choice.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications closed

Entry requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Pharmaceutical Research MRes programme is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides you with a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training (you will join a research group) and acquire a range of academic skills including research methods, data analysis and writing research reports that will prepare you for PhD-level study or a career in healthcare research, biotech, pharmaceutical industry or with a government or regulatory body.

The MRes is a full-time postgraduate programme, which has a significantly large research component. You will spend at least ten months of the year conducting an in-depth and novel research project, at the forefront of research in the area of medication safety and pharmaceutical sciences in a department or laboratory of your choice within UCL School of Pharmacy. You will be expected to complement this research with the study of Masters-level taught modules in the subject areas related to the research. You will also attend training courses that develop your research skills. Consequently, you will acquire greater in-depth knowledge in a particular field of research and become a proficient research scientist with a range of technical and academic skills.

Who this course is for

This will prepare you for a career in academia or in healthcare research, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, or with a government or regulatory body.

What this course will give you

An MRes degree in a world-leading research group will provide you with a thorough preparation for tackling research and multi-facetted projects in the future.

The foundation of your career


Our graduates have engaged in a variety of careers following the completion of the programme. The majority (approximately 80%) of graduates have successfully enrolled into competitive PhD programmes at UCL as well as other prestigious universities. Some have also acquired positions in industry or have set-up their own biotechnology companies.

Teaching and learning

The research component of the programme is delivered through laboratory work, seminars and participation in research training courses. The taught component involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

The research and taught module components will be assessed individually. Assessment of the research component is via a written research dissertation, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination. Taught module assessment involves examination and coursework.


The MRes programme will comprise both a taught module and a significant, large research component. As an MRes student, you will attend appropriate courses from the PhD training programme that covers research skills, presentation and scientific writing skills. You will join a research group and will work within this group under the supervision of an Academic Principal Investigator (PI) at UCL School of Pharmacy. You will carry out 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.

You will be assessed by an oral presentation of the work to staff and peers, and by the written content of the dissertation and by a viva voce examination.

You will also study specialist modules, which can be at any time during the twelve months of your MRes programme depending on the timetabling of the modules. Your supervisor can recommend to you the appropriate modules that are relevant to the topic of research being carried out. Module availability may vary from year to year.

Compulsory modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Pharmaceutical Research.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £18,000
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

There are no programme-specific additional costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Pharmaceutical Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Pharmaceutical Research at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of this programme
  • 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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