Gain hands-on lab experience, carry out novel research and enjoy excellent employment prospects on the MSc Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery.

  • Explore the process of discovery and development of new drugs and the quality control aspect of the pharmaceutical industry as you train to become a qualified pharmaceutical scientist
  • Gain hands-on experience in relevant laboratory techniques with a 12 week research project
  • Benefit from LJMU’s £12 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
  • Enjoy excellent graduate employment prospects

This new course has been developed in association with industry leaders and promotes a critical awareness of the most recent advances in the field of Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery.

Study Details:

MA: 1 year full-time

Module Details:

Core Modules

Research Methods 20 credits
Analysis, Structure and Function of Therapeutic Agents 20 credits
Preformulation Strategies 20 credits
Research Project 60 credits
Approaches to Drug Design 20 credits
Drug Delivery and Formulation 20 credits
Product Development and Control 20 credits

Student Destinations

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The programme offers cutting-edge, research-based training to enable you to become a qualified pharmaceutical scientist ready for employment in the pharmaceutical and related industries. The course is ideal if you want to work in drug discovery, development and manufacturing. You can look forward to excellent employment prospects in roles within drug design, lead compound discovery, formulation science, process development and product manufacture at large pharmaceutical companies, as well as specialist small and medium sized enterprises.


Home (full-time, per year): £9,250 International (full-time, per year): £16,100

Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree in a science-related discipline


  • equivalent professional qualifications and experience

Please contact our admissions team if you are unsure whether your qualification is relevant.

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