The MSc course aims to provide students, with the opportunity to greatly enhance and expand their understanding of pharmacology, toxicology and closely associated disciplines. Cutting edge content will allow students to take a more proactive role in understanding research and development of novel pharmacological agents, as well as evaluating their safety. Additionally, students will also evaluate the subject in a broader context by looking at how funding for health care and pharmaceconomics impacts upon the drug discovery and development process. The overall course objective is to develop students' competencies so that they can establish a career in pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery, including the public and private sector and non-government organisations at local, national and international level.
You will study a number of core modules and option modules thus allowing you to tailor the course to your own particular requirements through a pure pharmacology route or via a more business-orientated route depending on module choice/availability. You will expand your knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology, drug discovery and toxicology. In addition you will gain knowledge of specialised areas of pharmacology including bioinformatics, immunopharmacology, neuropharmacology and state-of-the-art research in cellular signalling cascades, relevant to disease, drugs and therapeutics at the molecular and genetic level.
To enhance your learning experience you will be assigned a personal tutor and take part in our postgraduate training programme, designed to develop and enhance skills such as academic writing, presentation skills and interpretational analysis. You will also have the opportunity to attend our seminar series within the Factuality, and utilise some of the excellent tools available to our students including computer simulation software and our Human Patient Simulator (METI).
As we help you to develop as scientists, there will be an emphasis on the development of critical analysis skills, through interpretation of literature and data. You will also get the opportunity to undertake an independent research project within our research laboratories, thus developing your practical skills. Candidates wishing to enhance their experimental skills will be given the opportunity to take an extended research project. The course team are dedicated to the development of the field of pharmacology, through membership of the British Pharmacological Society and through their published research. In addition, we are supported by visiting lecturers helping to bring diversity of knowledge from many areas of the discipline to enhance this course.