This programme is primarily designed to prepare students for an academic or industrial career in pharmaceutics or drug delivery. Qualified postgraduates are in significant demand, due to the continued development of highly complex and sensitive drug molecules.
Students will gain an overview of drug delivery and have hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies at the PhD level.
The course is based around core compulsory modules and a research project. These modules cover the biology of disease states, designing drugs and delivery systems, research methods and exploiting your research. Download the course flyer PDF > Modules are:
The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies. Examples include liposome-based drug delivery systems, strategies for enhancing drug solubility, and development of TB vaccines.
Prospective students must possess a good UK 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 overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references.
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:
IELTS. Minimum requirement - 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each area.
TOEFL IBT. Minimum requirement - 100 overall, (21 in listening and writing, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking).
Pearson Academic. Minimum requirement - 61 overall, 59 in each area.
We do not accept a Password test.
The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.
Please note that the course is not accredited by any professional body.
This course is designed to provide a postgraduate-level education and training for graduates seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies at PhD level.
The transferable skills acquired on this course include effective written and oral communication, team working, report writing, critical analysis and IT skills.