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Applied Pharmaceutical Science MSci

University of Lincoln

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  • Qualification

    Master of Science - MSci

  • Location

    Lincoln (Main Site)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Welcome to MSci Applied Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a range of scientific disciplines, introducing students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development, and management. Our aim at Lincoln is to produce passionate pharmaceutical scientists who are adept in addressing the healthcare challenges of the future and are well prepared for careers as leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The MSci Applied Pharmaceutical Science programme begins by offering an insight into the structure, function, and mechanisms of drugs; how different drugs can act on the human body; and how their potentially lifesaving effects can be harnessed safely. During the programme, students will have the opportunity to lead on projects solving real-world problems that the pharmaceutical industry is currently facing.

At Lincoln our academic staff include experienced researchers and practitioners. This innovative programme and curriculum is closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry and has been developed with employer input to produce high quality work-ready graduates that are actively sought by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

How You Study

The first year introduces students to the core subjects that are fundamental to pharmaceutical science, such as chemistry, cell biology, human anatomy, and disease. Students can then progress to examining the analytical methods relevant to drug development, medicine delivery, immunology, pharmacology, and toxicology in the second year, where they also explore key research techniques.

The third year introduces more advanced subjects as well as the regulatory and ethical standards that apply to industry professionals.

In the final year, students can use the knowledge they have gained in the previous years to lead projects which aim to solve problems currently experienced in the pharmaceutical industry, and have the chance to work alongside an experienced academic on an independent research project. There are also opportunities for students to take part in research alongside academics in order to develop their knowledge, experience, and enhance their skill set.

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes, and lectures from visiting scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

How You Are Assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, poster presentations, and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to prepare graduates for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Roles exist in industrial, commercial, and academic research, and in development roles within the medical and food industries. Graduates may also opt to undertake careers in scientific sales and marketing, science journalism, or education. Some graduates choose to undertake further study at postgraduate level.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Lincoln

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  • Campus address

    University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 7TS, England

More than 100 different nationalities are represented among Lincoln's academic community, and the city attracts thousands of international visitors each year.
Exchange opportunities exist through international partnerships with universities globally. Lincoln is a member of the Santander Universities global division.
Lincoln's International Study Centre offers university preparation courses for international students who may not otherwise meet direct entry requirements.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 46 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    123 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%



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