Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Pharmaceutical Development with Business Management (Taught)

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Course summary

Valued at $402 billion in 2020, innovation continues to drive the pharma market with a growing demand for hybrid scientists/leaders who can effectively manage new product development, and teams, across the pharmaceutical and associated industries. Responding to this need, Keele's innovative, multidisciplinary MSc integrates business management knowledge with a broad science curriculum that covers pharmaceutical development, regulatory frameworks and quality control. It develops the much sought-after skills to help companies capitalise on scientific breakthroughs across the entire product life cycle, from development to pre and post-market launch, bringing your transition into the industry one step closer. Why study this course?

  • Multidisciplinary course innovatively blends scientific and business management knowledge to meet growing demand for both skillsets within the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
  • Keele is ranked top 20 in the UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy (The Complete University Guide 2022).
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community and state-of-the-art, purpose-built laboratory facilities.
  • Strong emphasis on employability, skills and knowledge, you'll gain hands-on experience working with laboratory instruments used by the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Current teaching team benefits from extensive experience within the pharmaceutical industry here in the UK and overseas for companies including Unilver, Novo Nordkisk and AstraZeneca.
The rising global population and changing patterns of health, illness and disease are fuelling the demand for novel medicines and the professionals able to effectively manage what can be an expensive, challenging and risky process - from initial ideas through to successful market launch. This exciting MSc in Pharmaceutical Development with Business Management has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to successfully project manage and lead the development of medicines, cosmetics and other bio-related products. Drawing on the expertise within the School of Pharmacy and Keele Business School, it approaches biotechnology and pharmaceutical ventures from both a scientific and business development and management perspective, relating learning to real-life instances at every stage. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

This course is open to students from relevant science or healthcare backgrounds who want to enter the fast-paced pharmaceutical industry. We also welcome applications from students who are studying towards a medical or healthcare-related qualification and wish to intercalate with this course. We are normally seeking a minimum of a 2:1 (upper second class honours) degree qualification or an equivalent overseas qualification in relevant science and healthcare subjects at undergraduate level (unless intercalating). An interview will be required for applicants who do not have a 2:1. Applicants will need to provide 2 references. The English Language entry requirement for International students is IELTS 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests. If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes. During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Pharmaceutical Development with Business Management at Keele University - UCAS