|Study location||United Kingdom, London, Campus Cavendish|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£13,500 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Good (at least a lower second class) BSc Honours in Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry or a closely related subject
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element or TOEFL or CAE equivalent
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
The course aims to provide students, with the opportunity to greatly enhance and expand their understanding of pharmacology, toxicology and closely associated disciplines. Cutting edge content will allow students to take a more proactive role in understanding research and development of novel pharmacological agents, as well as evaluating their safety. Additionally, students will also evaluate the subject in a broader context by looking at how funding for health care and pharmaceconomics impacts upon the drug discovery and development process. The overall course objective is to develop students’ competencies so that they can establish a career in pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery, including the public and private sector and non-government organisations at local, national and international level.
You will study a number of core modules and option modules thus allowing you to tailor the course to your own particular requirements through a pure pharmacology route or via a more business-orientated route depending on module choice/availability. You will expand your knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology, drug discovery and toxicology. In addition you will gain knowledge of specialised areas of pharmacology including bioinformatics, immunopharmacology, neuropharmacology and state-of-the-art research in cellular signalling cascades, relevant to disease, drugs and therapeutics at the molecular and genetic level.
To enhance your learning experience you will be assigned a personal tutor and take part in our postgraduate training programme, designed to develop and enhance skills such as academic writing, presentation skills and interpretational analysis. You will also have the opportunity to attend our seminar series within the Factuality, and utilise some of the excellent tools available to our students including computer simulation software and our Human Patient Simulator (METI).
As we help you to develop as scientists, there will be an emphasis on the development of critical analysis skills, through interpretation of literature and data. You will also get the opportunity to undertake an independent research project within our research laboratories, thus developing your practical skills. Candidates wishing to enhance their experimental skills will be given the opportunity to take an extended research project. The course team are dedicated to the development of the field of pharmacology, through membership of the British Pharmacological Society and through their published research. In addition, we are supported by visiting lecturers helping to bring diversity of knowledge from many areas of the discipline to enhance this course.
Bioinformatics is an exciting new discipline at the interface of computer science, information and biology and is playing a crucial role in the development of personalised medicine. From genome sequencing projects thigh to rational drug design protein engineering it offers great opportunities for enhancing our understanding of biology at the molecular level and for the developments of new therapeutics. Topics covered include: analysis of protein sequences and structure, modelling protein structure and function, rational drug design, protein structure predication and protein engineering.
MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOGENOMICS
This module combines a focus on significant recent advances in studies of drugs and their targets at a molecular or chemical level, with exploration of how individual variation in the human genome underlines variable responses to prescribed drugs. Pharmacogentic tests are already in use for some conditions and personalised medicines are predicted to become the norm in future.
This module aims to enhance your skills of self-management, experimental design, critical analysis and interpretation of data, enabling you to present and justify your research.
POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS
You will be able to develop your skills in information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation relevant to your research topic, and form a clear plan for your project.
PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY AND DRUG DISCOVERY
This module is an introduction to pharmacology, exploring the role that pharmacology plays in the development of drugs from bench to bedside, examining the need for improving pharmacotherapy for existing and emerging diseases and the role that pharmacoeconomics plays in the drug discovery process.
XENOBIOTIC METABOLISM, PHARMACOKINETICS AND TOXICOLOGY
This module provides a sound understanding of toxicokinetics and reviews the molecular mechanisms underpinning toxic side effects. You will explore the role of major metabolic pathways in the variation of an individual’s drug response, and the protocols for toxicity testing.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.