Pharmacokinetics MSc

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree
    Lower second class honours degree (2:2) or higher from a recognised university in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology or a related field
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Apply September 2020

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Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects, student satisfaction and research quality (Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Complete University Guide, 2020)

Study with research active specialists from a wide range of pharmaceutical fields and backgrounds

Gain specialist skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or research

94% of our Allied Health research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading (REF, 2014)

Course Summary

Study MSc Pharmacokinetics at Aston University and develop your scientific knowledge and expertise in this specialist area of pharmacy for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical field.

Key information, entry requirements and fees

Mode of delivery: Full time, on campus

Duration: 1 year

Start date: September 

Fees: UK/EU students: £9,350 / International students: £18,900. Find out more about available scholarships and our 20% alumni discount

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants must possess a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in one of the following subjects (or a related field):
    • Pharmacy, 
    • Pharmaceutical Science, 
    • Pharmacology, 
    • Physiology, 
    • Physical Science, 
    • Biochemistry, 
    • Biotechnology,
    • Chemistry, 
    • Chemical Engineering,
    • Genetics, 
    • Materials Science, 
    • Medicine.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Course outline and what you will study

Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety. It investigates the fate of a drug in the body and examines how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. It is a field of Drug Delivery and is therefore crucial to the success of drugs in medicine.

Our MSc Pharmacokinetics course has been designed to enhance your skills and knowledge in the application of pharmacokinetics to the design and optimisation of new therapeutics. We put an emphasis on describing mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting the pharmacokinetics of drugs throughout the drug development process.

The modules you will study will build your research methods and critical thinking skills for application both within and outside of academia. Our broad range of topics such as drug discovery, drug dosage form and design and chemotherapy and selective toxicity will ensure you possess the necessary skill set for a pharmaceutical scientist. You’ll encounter a broad range of experiences in the application of pharmacokinetics from early discovery and development, through to market authorisation and clinical applications. 

In addition to this subject specific knowledge, you will also develop highly desirable transferable skills in presenting, team working, report writing, critical analysis, negotiating and data analysis.

Upon successful completion of our course, you’ll be prepared for various careers in the pharmaceutical industry such as analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Modules

  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Dosage Form Design
  • Research Skills
  • Chemotherapy and Selective Toxicity
  • Pharmacokentics 
  • Principles of Product Analysis and Validation
  • Research Methods / Professional Development Skills
  • Research Project.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Teaching on the course is delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defense of a poster.

There are over 50 teaching and research staff in Aston Pharmacy School, and your learning will be influenced by the world-class research conducted here to ensure that your education is at the forefront of this rapidly changing field.

Course Director: Dr Raj K. Singh Badhan

Meet the Pharmacy team.

Facilities

This course is delivered in a multidisciplinary environment. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching/research staff, each with their own specialist interests, which will contribute to your learning and development. Facilities and resources that you will benefit from include:

  • Training in industry-standard clinical trials simulations software (e.g. Simcyp, Winnonlin).
  • Modern lecture theatres and classrooms, equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and technology
  • Newly refurbished laboratories that are equipped with a range of pharmaceutical and analytical instruments for “wet” practicals 
  • An established Virtual Learning Environment for teaching and course-organisation materials and communications
  • Hard-copy and electronic access to publications, journals and large scientific databases.
Your future career prospects

This course will prepare you for pursuing careers within the pharmaceutical industry in particular within drug metabolism pharmacokinetics (DMPK) departments, whilst also providing some training to support clinical transition to apply pharmacokinetic principles in clinical trials or clinical treatment optimisation through virtual clinical trial simulations. 

Furthermore, the training may provide other opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry including: analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Graduate roles include:

  • Senior Regulatory Approval Officer
  • Associate Product Manager
  • Formulation Scientist
  • Clinical tutor
  • Research Assistant
  • Assistant Lecturer
  • OSD Technologist
  • Drug Store Manager

Graduate destinations from our suite of pharmacy masters include:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Ministry of Health Malaysia
  • 3M
  • GSK
  • PPD
  • Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5).
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