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Course summary

Focusing on the applications of molecular pharmacology and drug discovery, our MSci will be particularly attractive to students interested in gaining the advanced research, problem solving, and communication skills required to pursue PhD study or employment in a range of settings including the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology. Why choose this course?

  • Gain substantial research skills by working on an experimental research project
  • Develop enhanced practical skills in our state-of-the art laboratories
  • Our innovative assessment methods enable you to replicate the type of tasks you would likely carry out during a career in the field
  • Present the outcomes of your research project in the context of a realistic research conference experience
During your first and second year, you will acquire a strong grounding in the core biological topics that underpin the study of pharmacology. This includes biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, physiology and anatomy and their application to the development and pharmacology of acquired and inherited disease. To strengthen your understanding in these core areas and to provide context to your leaning, you will explore: The mode of action of drugs used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions The concept of selective toxicity Approaches to modern drug discovery Emerging technologies in drug development The drug development pipeline The wider societal impact of pharmacology During years two and three of your studies, you will have the opportunity to choose from optional modules that are aligned to your career goals or interests. In your third year of study you will put the knowledge and skills you have developed into practice by completing an experimental research project. You will also present your findings at our final year research conference, where you will benefit from enhanced networking and employer engagement opportunities. In your final year of study you will explore the principles and applications of cutting-edge research methodologies and techniques in the study of Pharmacology, Drug Development and the wider Biosciences to an advanced level. You will develop an advanced understanding of the processes involved in research dissemination and the acquisition of research funding and critically evaluate current literature and complex methodologies. You will also undertake an extended research project and examine the context of your project in relation to on-going research activity in your field of study and the wider biosciences. e context of their extended research project in relation to on-going research activity in their field of study and the wider biosciences. 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 a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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