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Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST088
HLST138

Study options:

1 year full-time
5 semesters/20 months full-time (Masters with Professional Experience)
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:

January/May 2018 start - £12,656 or £15,156 (with professional experience)

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Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

You will train to be a professional pharmacologist, translating laboratory medical research into commercially-ready biotechnology and drugs.

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. This is essential to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical biotechnology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course also encompasses an emerging area of science that is known as ‘Translational Medicine’ and needs a new breed of Pharmacologist who can apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, management and data analysis, and who understands the legislation and other regulatory procedures surrounding disease treatment.

The course will also cover relevant biotechnical innovations associated with pharmacology and drug discovery, as well as both classical clinical trial design and health-outcomes research.

Our course is designed to provide such specialists by applying basic and clinical science to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, supported by our excellent staff, research expertise and laboratory facilities.

The MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

In more detail...

  • High levels of employability on graduation.
  • Emphasis on vocational skills development.
  • Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Innovative curriculum combining basic and clinical sciences.
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in extensive and varied health industry.
  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of research methods in well-equipped laboratories.

The pharmacology and drug discovery postgraduate programme is composed of a combination of modules depending on whether you undertake the PgDip or Masters programme of study and includes the following:

  • research methods and project
  • pharmaceutical discoveries
  • advanced pharmacology and drug discovery and development
  • genomes and DNA technology
  • biotechnology in the diagnosis of disease
  • current topics in biotechnology and drug discovery.

The course is designed for a national and international audience.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST088), or the professional experience modules, giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an Honours degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent, in a life sciences, pharmacology or clinical sciences based undergraduate course.

We would normally be looking for study of the following subjects in the final year of an undergraduate degree programme: physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or pharmacology.

Applicants must hold an Honours degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent, in a life sciences, pharmacology or clinical sciences based undergraduate course.

We would normally be looking for study of the following subjects in the final year of an undergraduate degree programme: physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or pharmacology.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 or above, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants must hold an Honours degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent, in a life sciences, pharmacology or clinical sciences based undergraduate course.

We would normally be looking for study of the following subjects in the final year of an undergraduate degree programme: physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or pharmacology.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 or above, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January/May 2018 start - £7,374 or £11,044 (with professional experience) (per year)


January 2018

January/May 2018 start - £7,374 or £11,044 (with professional experience) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January/May 2018 start - £7,374 or £11,044 (with professional experience) (per year)


January 2018

January/May 2018 start - £7,374 or £11,044 (with professional experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January/May 2018 start - £12,656 or £15,156 (with professional experience) (per year)


January 2018

January/May 2018 start - £12,656 or £15,156 (with professional experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The PgDip/MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery programme is specifically designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the Pharmacology and drug development arena and there are many opportunities, both the UK and internationally.

A large number of Pharmacologists are employed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in discovering and developing drugs and carrying out clinical trials. Pharmacologists may also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects.

There are also opportunities within government laboratories (including environmental agencies), charity-funded research organisations, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), and with other research institutes. The scientific knowledge and skills students will acquire during the course can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services, regulatory affairs or sales and marketing.

A wide range of job opportunities exist, including:

  • Clinical research manager 
  • Clinical scientist
  • Human resources manager
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmacologist
  • Project manager/director
  • Public relations officer
  • Regulatory affairs associate
  • Research scientist
  • Sales representative
  • Medical writer
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.