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Pharmacology and Drug Discovery (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Typical Offer
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4 years
Course Type
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About this course

This programme will give you the skills and knowledge required for a career in pharmacology. This is the study of how drugs interact with receptors, cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The course will provide a stimulating, informed environment through a wide range of interesting and contemporary modules with flexibility and choice.

You will gain a sound scientific knowledge base in pharmacology to FHEQ level 7 and in biochemistry and physiology to at least FHEQ Level 5. This will allow you to describe and comment on specific aspects of current research in pharmacology. The course will also provide training in pharmacological laboratory skills.

This will all help you to:

  • appreciate the limits of knowledge of pharmacological processes
  • develop a range of transferable skills
  • develop critical thinking skills and show that you can pursue independent study
  • undertake an independent project on a pharmacologically related topic
  • prepare for higher degrees and careers in pharmacological and biochemical research

Alongside the core modules in this masters in pharmacology, we offer a broad range of modules in the wider area of biomolecular sciences. This will give you the flexibility to follow your particular interests as you progress through your pharmacology degree. There are also modules available in other faculties and broader interdisciplinary modules, which will give you the choice to maintain a broader portfolio of skills and experience, should you so wish.

By the end of this programme you'll have knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relevant to pharmacology and drug discovery. You'll also learn to use a range of practical skills and techniques relevant to the field.

You'll be able to:

  • collect and analyse experimental data
  • interpret and write up the results of experiments
  • create and deliver a presentation on a topic relevant to pharmacology
  • conduct research into an area of science relevant to pharmacology
  • produce a dissertation, based on scientific research
  • have an appreciation of the ethical and societal aspects of research in the biosciences

Practicals which use animals or their tissues are an important part of the course. These practicals follow ethical policies and we'll make adjustments for you if you have valid concerns about taking part.

Foundation year

If you have not studied the required Science subjects for this course, you may be eligible to apply for and enter through our Science Foundation Year.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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