This Master’s is intended for life science graduates from both home and overseas who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on pharmacology. It aims to produce scientists who can pursue a range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of pharmacology; it also provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to undertake research at PhD level.
You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of pharmacology at a theoretical and a practical level, gaining hands-on experience in pharmacological techniques. You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of transferrable and research skills that can expand your knowledge and enhance your employment potential, including the chance to apply to undertake a relevant Life Sciences internship. The six-month internship provides practical experience in a host organisation and should increase your awareness of current developments in the sector. Internship opportunities are available to all students but subject to availability, grades and application.
You’ll be taught by an experienced teaching team with extensive experience of laboratory research in pharmacology, physiology, molecular biology, small-molecular inhibitors of viruses and ageing. Faculty will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary case studies.
There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, so laboratory sessions form a substantial component of the learning experience, enabling you to learn key experimental techniques and to develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers. Other scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics are integrated within the course.
Our practical, vocational approach to teaching has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction among ‘Biology and related Sciences’ students – 95% overall compared to a sector average of 83% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTSE) 2016.
If you choose the extended ‘With Professional Experience’ route, you will have the opportunity to gain substantive professional experience and have the option of applying for an internship with a host of different organisations or participate in supervised, campus-based projects. Internships are being organised with, for example, Cambridge Scientific Solutions, Lytegro, Warwick Ventures, Tickle’s Pickles and Severn Trent.