Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 16.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 31.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 28, 2024
16 place StudyQA ranking:2089 Duration:1 year

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This programme teaches advanced experimental approaches to dissecting the mechanisms of drug action (pharmacology), a science that has seen innovative theoretical and technical development at UCL for over a century.

In addition to providing experience of both classical and modern pharmacological techniques, the programme will help develop skills for literature search-based data acquisition and analysis; written and verbal communication of science; abstract writing; poster preparation; graphical processing; image preparation for publication; writing a scientific paper; and giving research presentations.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Investigative Pharmacology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Practice of Science

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation
  • Receptor Mechanisms
  • Synaptic Pharmacology
  • Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics


Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, journal clubs, practicals, tutorials and a laboratory project. Student performance is evaluated through formal examination, coursework, and the research project.

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university, in life sciences, pharmaceutics, biotechnology or pharmacy, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional or other qualifications obtained by written examinations and approved by UCL, together with at least three years of appropriate professional experience, will also be considered.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)


Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)


Overseas students


Based on both academic merit and financial need

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