Ulster University
Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc
Ulster University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The programme will provide an academically challenging and vocationally relevant education in pharmaceutical sciences, both theoretical and practical. You will learn to apply your knowledge, skills and technology for the benefit of the pharmaceutical and related industrial sectors.

You will receive an up-to-date understanding of core areas of pharmaceutical sciences including drug discovery, development, formulation and delivery, quality assurance and evaluation of drugs, analysis of medicines and medicinal natural products and pharmaceutical instrumental methods. It will increase your awareness of ethical issues and scientific integrity in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Elective modules allow you to specialise in one of the core specialisms of pharmaceutical sciences. MSc students will learn to formulate hypotheses, design, conduct, analyse and report research.

This course is designed to meet the demands of employers and is also suitable for academics who wish to enhance education in this area.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A degree in subjects such as Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or in a course that has significant amounts of chemistry and biology from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. English Language Requirements English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Ulster University

Ulster University is a publicly funded higher education institution located in Northern Ireland. The university owns and manages four main campuses: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee. Each campus hosts its own special facilities for the departments that occupy them, with some of the facilities between them including an award-winning Law Clinic, television and radio studios, Clinical Physiology suites, among many other well-equipped facilities.

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