University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Medicinal Plant Science

This course is designed to respond to the growing market in the use of medicinal plants and natural products, which needs professional expertise to support its quality, analysis and development. The taught Medicinal Plant Science MSc course provides a programme of advanced study for graduates, from pharmacy, horticulture, herbal medicine and biochemical sciences, to equip them for future careers in the pharmaceutical, phyto-pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmeceutical industries and quality assurance of herbal medicine. Through studying medicinal plants from their genesis as plants in a field, to analysing them in a chemical laboratory, the course equips students with a unique perspective and critical understanding of plant medicines. Students also learn their traditional uses and the technical skills to unlock their future potential.

Entry requirements

The normal standard of entry is lower 2nd (2.2) or equivalent Honours degree, in herbal medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, botany, horticulture, biochemistry or related subjects. Competence in English language for those whose 1st language is not English is required to have at least IELTS 6.5, and minimum 6.0 for each component.

Course modules

Modules include: Phytopharmaceuticals; applied phytomedicine; pharmaceutical analysis and quality assurance; phytotherapeutics; research methods; research project; plant science; pharmacology and drug discovery; xenobiotic, metabolism, pharmacokinetics and toxicology. Optional modules include: Molecular bioinformatics; molecular pharmacology; pharmacogenomics.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time day £ 1,000 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time day £ 1,450 per Credit module (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cavendish Street Westminster W1W 6UW South East

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