MSci Pharmaceutical Science with Business Management

University of Lincoln
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

MSci Pharmaceutical Science with Business Management

Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a range of scientific disciplines, introducing students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development, and management. Our aim at Lincoln is to produce passionate pharmaceutical scientists who are adept in addressing the healthcare challenges of the future and are well prepared for careers as leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, especially for students who are aiming to have an active role in the running and management of these businesses.

The MSci Pharmaceutical Science with Business Management begins by offering an insight into the structure, function, and mechanisms of drugs; how different drugs can act on the human body; and how their potentially lifesaving effects can be harnessed safely. During the programe, students will have the opportunity to lead on projects which address real-world problems currently faced by the pharmaceutical industry, alongside the chance to develop an understanding of how their decisions in the management of these projects can have business implications.

At Lincoln, our academic staff include experienced pharmaceutical and management researchers and practitioners. This innovative programe and curriculum is closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry, and has been developed with employer input with the aim of producing high quality work-ready graduates that are actively sought by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

A Level: BBC, to include a minimum grade C in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications). Practical elements must be passed.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall to include Higher Level grade 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 32 points from 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Global Health Challenges
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Life Sciences
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Concepts 1

Second Year

  • Analytical Chemistry 2.1: Separation Techniques
  • Analytical Chemistry 2.2: Structural Techniques
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Drug Formulation and Delivery
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Concepts 2

Third Year

  • Advanced drug delivery, nanomedicine and toxicology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Business, Regulation and Ethics for the Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Emerging Pharmaceuticals and personalised medicine
  • International Pharmaceutical Challenges
  • Pharmaceutical Materials Science
  • Pharmaceutical Science Project

Master's Level

  • MSci Pharmaceutical Science Research Project
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Teams and Leadership

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.



Full Time

  • UK £9,250 per level
  • International: £16,200 per level


  • UK: £77.00 per credit point


Full Time

  • UK: £9,250 per level


  • UK: £77.00 per credit point


How You Study

The first year of the programe introduces students to the core subjects that are fundamental to pharmaceutical science, such as chemistry, cell biology, human anatomy, and disease. Students can then progress to examining the analytical methods relevant to drug development, medicine delivery, immunology, pharmacology, and toxicology in the second year, where they will also explore key research techniques.

The third year introduces more advanced subjects as well as the regulatory and ethical standards that apply to industry professionals. In the final year, students will use the knowledge they have gained in the previous years to lead projects to solve problems currently experienced in the pharmaceutical industry as well as study within the Lincoln International Business School to gain insight into key management and business concepts.

There are also opportunities for students to take part in research alongside academics in order to develop their knowledge, experience, and enhance their skill set.

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes, and lectures from visiting scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

Career paths

This course aims to prepare graduates for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Roles exist in industrial, commercial, and academic research, and in development roles within the medical and food industries. Graduates may also opt to undertake careers in scientific sales and marketing, science journalism, or education.

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