Masters | Postgraduate Course - Phyto-pharmaceutical Science MSc Course Details within University of East London

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Phyto-pharmaceutical Science MSc

Study Details

MSc Full time, Part time

Phytopharmaceutical Science, the development of drugs from plants and other natural compounds, is now a significant area of research for the development of new medicines with a sound historical basis. Many drugs listed as conventional medications are derived from plants and were originally administered in plant form. For more background see our Phytopharmaceutical Science Q&A and information about the London Bionat Network.

Over recent years, in their search for novel therapeutic agents, there has been a huge rise in interest from the global pharmaceutical industry centred on the isolation and evaluation of compounds from plants used in medical treatment derived from traditional medicine sources.

Based on the increasing importance of this emerging area of natural product science this programme of study will enable individuals with specific expertise in the regulation and development of plant-based medicines to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding phytopharmaceutical industry or a government regulatory body.

The MSc in Phytopharmaceuticals is a taught postgraduate programme which provides an in depth study of natural products, their analysis, value as medicines and regulatory issues controlling their production and sales.

Key Facts

  • High quality programme which will provide you with the expertise to work in the pharmaceutical industries emerging area of natural product science.
  • Students are supported throughout their studies by our experienced, dedicated team of staff.
  • Excellent facilities, including new refurbished laboratories with the latest analytical equipment and Medicinal Herb Garden.

Why Choose Us?

Phyto-pharmaceutical Science at UEL will:

  • Help you develop a critical understanding of the diverse use of plants and their place in human culture.
  • Help you to understand the role of ‘phytotherapy’  in modern medicine with respect to the different body organs and systems
  • Learn and use a wide range of techniques for the quality control of natural plant material including both the macroscopical and microscopical recognition of dried plant material.
  • Teach you a wide range of methods used in phyto-pharmaceutical analysis
  • Enable you to understand the important stages in drug development from discovery to clinical use
  • Teach you to assess the potential of a phytotherapeutic agent in accordance with existing laws and legislation and within the framework of ethical principals
  • Give you a chance to undertake field trips and visits to herbal suppliers and manufacturers are an integral part of the programme.

The programme is supported by excellent facilities, including refurbished laboratories with the latest analytical equipment and medicinal herb garden. Guest lecturers from the professional working environment are invited to present specialist, subject-related material to broaden the student experience. 

Practical training and transferable and research skills are a fundamental part of the MSc and PGD programme, and team work and multidisciplinary working is encouraged.

Module details

Modules you will study on this programme include: 

  • Phyto-pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Research Skills
  • Drug Design
  • Research Project

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 with honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the UK, taught in English.

Please note you would usually be expected to have at least a Grade C in English and Maths GCSE. Most programmes also accept Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English.

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team is able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Programme Assessment

◦Students are assessed in practical work and theory.
◦In taught modules 40% or 50% of the module mark is derived from coursework during the semester (this can take a variety of forms including laboratory work, data analysis, essays, oral presentations etc.) and the remaining 50% or 60% from written theory examinations at the end of the semester.
◦The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework involving a variety of forms of presentation.
◦The Research Project is assessed mainly by the final written report, with contributions from a poster presentation and portfolio.
◦The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

Student Destinations

As an expert in phyto-pharmaceuticals you will have a wide range of career options available to you in particular research orientated jobs in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. With the introduction of legislation controlling the production and sale of herbal products it will also enable you to consider careers in a government agency such as the MHRA after further training. By learning a wide range of pharmacognosy skills and methods used in phyto-pharmaceutical analysis graduates will be able to apply for a wide range of jobs in the development, manufacture and marketing of herbal supplements and phytomedicines. A fundamental understanding of the therapeutic use of herbs could also lead the way to opportunities in journalism and publishing. With phyto-pharmaceuticals of particular interest in developing countries such as India the programme will be of interest to both domestic and international students.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, we want to help you make the most of your time at UEL and ensure that your course will help lead you to where you want to go. UEL's dedicated Employability and Enterprise Team (EET) is on hand to support you throughout your studies and beyond. Not only should your course help lead you to the job you want, but also the skills and experience you gain along the way can prove invaluable both in starting and developing your career.