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Feedback from the pharmaceutical industry suggests that natural product science is an expanding area of interest.

As a graduate of this course, you will be ideally placed to make the most of new employment opportunities for qualified individuals with specific expertise in the regulation and development of plant-based medicines.

Opportunities also exist in teaching, writing, publishing and horticulture. You could also opt for further study through a PhD.

This course gives you every chance of succeeding. It has been put together by experts in the field after careful preliminary research with manufacturers within herbal medicine to pinpoint what they require of graduate employees.

One of the key skills demanded by manufacturers is microscopy, which you will be taught by Professor Peter Houghton – the leading expert in this field in the UK.

Another highly sought-after skill is in pharmacognosy – the recognition of naturally occurring medicines.

The recent directive by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency means that all over-the-counter herbal medicine products now have to have a traditional herbal registration.

To comply with this directive, companies have to put a dossier together – which is the kind of operation for which MSc graduates in Phyto-pharmaceutical Science are eminently well suited.

Study Details:

MSc; 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

The course consists of four taught modules and an individual research project/dissertation module. All assessments are by coursework rather than examination.

Three of the taught modules – Foundations in Research, Gait Balance and Posture and Musculoskeletal Practice for Podiatrists – are core, as is the dissertation.

Your optional element can be chosen from a number of postgraduate modules offered by the School that reflect various aspects of your clinical development.

You must complete and pass the Foundations in Research module before you can register for your dissertation module.

A Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Practice is available if you want to study just two of the core modules. If you wish to restrict your study to the four taught modules, you are eligible for a Post Graduate Diploma.

The modules will provide you with in-depth knowledge and skills and you will be encouraged to relate this theory to your clinical practice both within the teaching sessions and the assessment.

Student Destinations

The core modules are directed towards the understanding and development of underpinning principles so that they can be applied to a wide variety of podiatric specialties.

And the element of choice with additional modules means they can apply directly to your clinical specialty.

So, overall, the course will enable you to deal with complex issues within musculoskeletal practice and implement sound judgment, personal responsibility and initiative.

You may go on to incorporate your research into your practice, or develop further research within your clinical setting.


UK/EU £7,550

Entry Requirements


Minimum 2.2 Honours in an Architectural Discipline

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (see below for details).

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