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Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc/PGDip Postgraduate prospectus

  • Be taught by lecturers with extensive industrial experience.
  • High investment into research facilities designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century pharmaceutical industry.
  • Benefit from exposure to world class research.



The MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programme was developed in response to the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.

The programme will generate graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, allowing students to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture and including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

Teaching and learning methods

Delivery on this programme involves a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises. Many of the lectures on this programme are delivered by leading industrial experts. Problem-based learning and case studies will provide students with experience of team-working that simulates an industrial setting. Students will develop team-working, critical thinking and analytical problem solving abilities which are important in the modern pharmaceutical industry.

Research project

The main part of the programme is a research project that runs over the whole academic year and gives students the opportunity to work with modern research equipment to carry out novel research. Project work will help students enhance practical skills, analytical thinking, time management, communication skills and independence.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Acquire a sound core knowledge base together with knowledge of a specialist area of pharmaceutical sciences to support current and future developments of pharmaceutical and related sciences
  • Enhance students' critical, analytical, practical and communication skills relevant to the modern, multidisciplinary pharmaceutical industry
  • Develop research skills in terms of: planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting the results of investigations
  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to solve a range of pharmaceutical drug development and processing problems
  • Enable students to use and develop advanced theories and develop novel concepts to explain pharmaceutical development and processing data.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above (or equivalent level qualification in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science

OR substantial workplace experience.

* Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent

* Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but applicants should e-mail the Programme Leader via

What people say

"The reason I chose MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Greenwich, was definitely the way the program is designed and developed. I had previously graduated as a Master of Pharmacy and was unsure whether I should continue with PhD research straight away or start looking for a job in the industry. And while I was doing my research on the matter, I came to the conclusion that doing this particular MSc program at the University of Greenwich would both enhance my research skills for a future PhD and also upgrade my prospects in the job market if I decided to go for the industry. The course syllabus was structured in a sensible and practical way that was easy to follow and which enabled me to gradually build on the knowledge. I specifically appreciate the fact that throughout the program they insist on teaching you how to think critically and solve problems, something that has helped me lot both when writing a scientific paper and in my job today. For me it has been definitely the right decision and no doubt one of my best experiences. The academic staff was supportive, friendly and very enthusiastic in helping us succeed, and the international atmosphere in the class was something to look forward every day."

Blerina Shkodra, MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate

"Having studied the Master's degree at the University of Greenwich, I experienced, first hand, the atmosphere of experimenting in the high end labs of the university, and the comfortable and satisfying life in Medway campus. I also was impressed by how cooperative and supporting the professors, coworkers and fellow students were, and by the smoothness and efficiency of all the aspects of the research process. During the one year I studied at the University of Greenwich, I became familiar with the techniques used in structure elucidation of compounds, namely NMR and computational chemistry. This familiarity gave me the ability to and the qualification required for using these techniques."

Taha Mokhalad, MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate

"My experience of studying with the University of Greenwich was very positive. Among the distinguishing points of the University of Greenwich I would say are, excellent laboratories, a wide range of modern equipment and staff members, experienced in the pharmaceutical industry. One of the most attractive aspects of the Pharmaceutical Sciences course is the high quantity and quality of the practical laboratory sessions, where students could gather data and solve problems working in cooperation, and acquire the practical and research skills that they can use in the future.

Vitalina Drobnytska, MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate

Extra information


Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.


Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or industries manufacturing other health care products.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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