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What will I learn?

Study Pharmacokinetics MSc at Aston University, Birmingham to develop the technical skills needed for an exciting career within either the pharmaceutical industry or clinical sciences, applying the principles of in-vitro and in-silico pharmacokinetics to allow improved dosing of drugs to different populations of patients within clinical trials or clinics.

Course outline and modules

Pharmacokinetics is vital to ensuring the safety of the clinical drugs we use to treat a huge range of illnesses and diseases.

It explores what happens to a drug when it enters the body, by examining how it is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. It is a vital step in the process of drug delivery, and key to making sure drugs are safe and effective.

From drug discovery to formulation sciences, the Pharmacokinetics MSc at Aston is focused on building your understanding of research methods, and critical thinking skills for application inside and outside of academia. With broad training in both basic and advanced pharmacokinetics topics, you will develop the ideal skill set for an exciting career in the pharmaceutical industry or clinical sciences. This is further supported by training in a variety of in-vitro technical skills applicable to the pharmaceutical industry, alongside expertise in cutting edge pharmacokinetic software tools widely used by industry, regulatory agencies and hospital around the world.

By choosing to study this specialist pharmacy masters at Aston University, you’ll be joining a well-established and highly respected School of Pharmacy, that can trace its roots back to the establishment of the Birmingham Pharmaceutical Institution in 1847. We’re also the only Pharmacy School in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy awarded by HM the Queen, meaning you can be sure that you’re learning experience will of the highest of quality.

Career prospects

On successful graduation, you will be equipped with extensive specialist knowledge, and the transferable skills relevant to drug discovery, drug design and drug delivery for various careers in the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, within drug metabolism pharmacokinetics (DMPK) departments, supporting the clinical transition to apply pharmacokinetic principles in clinical trials, or clinical treatment optimisation through virtual clinical trial simulations.

You will also be suitable for other opportunities such as analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs and scientific writing.

In addition, for those that wish to peruse a career in academic research or academia, this course is a well-placed stepping stone for PhD study at Aston or another leading institution.

Graduates from our suite of Pharmacy masters programmes have gone onto secure roles with a variety of organisations across the public and private sector.

Which department am I in?

School of Life and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,300.00 (19,92,692) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021

Venue

Aston University

Aston Triangle,

Birmingham,

B4 7ET, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a good GPA (normally at least 3.0) in both overall and in individual courses from a regionally accredited institution as well as: have taken advanced-level courses in appropriate subjects; have accumulated sufficient credits in major courses (typically between 30 - 54). If they are applying for finance, engineering or science based subjects, they must have studied a similar field in their undergraduate degree. For MBA, students can come from any subject background, but should have a good GPA (normally at least 3.0) in both overall and in individual courses from a regionally accredited institution as well as: have taken advanced-level courses in appropriate subjects; have accumulated sufficient credits in major courses (typically between 30 - 54); and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial work experience, as stipulated by the Association of MBA (AMBA) requirements.

For international students

Lower second class honours degree (2:2) or higher from a recognised university in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, materials science, medicine or related field. Students need to have: an overall IELTS score of 6.5 including 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking; overall TOEFL score of 93 inlcuding Reading 18; Writing 23; Listening 19; Speaking 19.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Aston University

Aston University is one of the leading career-focused universities in the UK, dedicated to providing real-world experience to all students.

  • University of the Year (Guardian 2020)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (THE Awards, 2020)
  • Scholarships for international students
  • Located in Birmingham (the UK’s second largest city)