MSc Pharmacology

The MSc Pharmacology programme will give you a thorough understanding of the science of drugs and their effects on the human body.

Course Details

1 Year
Start Date
12 September 2016
Full Time
Subject Area
Biological and Biomedical Science
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

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Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.
Minimum Entry Requirements
UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in pharmacy or related biological science subject including evidence of anatomy and physiology
English Language Requirements
IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

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Programme Description

Pharmacology influences our everyday lives. Pills, potions, creams, inhalers and injections contain drugs that can prevent pain, indigestion, bacterial and viral infection, ease your breathing in asthma, inhibit and destroy cancer cells, and inhibit blood clots that cause strokes and heart attacks.

This Masters programme provides specialist training in the field of pharmacology enabling you to develop a comprehensive scientific understanding.

You will gain an understanding of current techniques, develop laboratory ‘bench’ skills, as well as strong communication skills and the ability to think independently, in preparation for employment or PhD studies.

A variety of learning and teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, practical laboratory classes and a laboratory-based research project are used.

Employment Opportunities

A variety of career pathways are open to graduates of this programme.

Research pharmacologists – work in laboratories in universities, government research institutes or in industry conducting experiments to investigate how the body works, understanding what goes wrong when a disease strikes and developing drugs and their targets to reverse or prevent the disease.

Pharmacology teaching – as a pharmacologist your workplace could also be a university or college lecture theatre or laboratory teaching students a range subjects related to biology.

Clinical pharmacologists – once drugs have been developed in the laboratory clinical pharmacologists focus on the application of drugs for human use. Graduates with a pharmacology degree require further specialist training to become clinical pharmacologists. Visit for further information.

Key Staff

Programme Leader
Angus Shaw - BSc(Hons) PhD

Postgraduate Scholarships

Help fund your studies with a postgraduate scholarship from GCU. Discounts, bursaries, and scholarships available.