Aston University

Aston University


This programme provides specialist training in the field of pharmacology, as well as promoting skills for career and professional development. It is designed around a strong theoretical education in basic and advanced pharmacology, with practical experience of techniques in the laboratory during the project period. Students gain insight into receptor theory, molecular pharmacology, neuropharmacology and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics. Physiology is also taught alongside these elements, facilitating crossover of students qualified in non-biological disciplines to the life sciences.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates; prospective students must possess a good Honours Degree minimum lower 2nd Class in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, materials science, medicine or a related field, from a recognised university or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, and also provide 2 references; international students whose native language is not English need to demonstrate English language ability as follows: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Course modules

Core modules: drug discovery; physiological pharmacology; systems pharmacology 1: basic and autonomic pharmacology; systems pharmacology 2: neuropharmacology; advanced pharmacology; research methods 1: professional development; research methods 2: communication skills; research project.

Assessment methods

This programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module is assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

Key information

LHS Postgraduate School Admissions
Telephone number: 
0121 204 3000