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MSc Pharmaceutical Science

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Develop the advanced pharmaceutical skills you’ll need, including design and research techniques, to deliver a drug from initial discovery to clinical trials and regulatory approval.

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Teaching in the SuperLabs

Discover what teaching looks like for our Pharmaceutical Science and Medical Science students.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Studying our MSc Pharmaceutical Science will expand your knowledge of the design, analysis and manufacturing processes of effective and safe pharmaceutical products.

Our SuperLabs and Pharmaceutical Research Lab in Chelmsford will become your workspace as you carry out safe and ethical experiments while meeting world-class pharmaceutical standards. You’ll develop scientific-reasoning and problem-solving skills in addition to deepen your understanding of quality control and quality assurance of pharmaceutical products.

You’ll also develop a wider knowledge of the integral parts of the pharmaceutical industry including research, development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist labs

As an MSc Pharmaceutical Science student at ARU you’ll:

  • work in our specialist Level 2 category SuperLab and Pharmaceutical Research Lab
  • carry out safe, ethical experiments to world-class pharmaceutical standards
  • work closely with experts in pharmaceutical regulation and licensing.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


We’ve worked closely with industry to ensure our postgraduate course meets the need for highly skilled employees in pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing. Once you graduate, you could work within the pharmaceutical industry as a formulation, quality control or production scientist.

Alternatively, you might decide on a career in regulatory affairs and research, or in a government regulatory body working on licensing and post-marketing surveillance procedures. Other choices could include the medical publication industry, academia, technical support, food or cosmetic industry.

As an MSc Pharmaceutical Science graduate you’ll be eligible to apply to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society after you’ve spent two years in a suitable pharmaceutical scientist role.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with an MPhil and/or PhD in Pharmaceutical Science at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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Life in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has something for everyone, and our green, modern campus is just ten minutes from the city centre.

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Benefits of postgraduate study

Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study at ARU