MSc Advanced Drug Delivery

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • Ranked: 3rd in UK for Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2021)

Study with us

  • develop an understanding of the biology of specific targets for drug-based intervention 
  • learn about and apply the principles of design and formulation of drug dosage systems
  • gain specialist research skills and practical experience

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Why this course?

The MSc Advanced Drug Delivery will provide you with specialist research training and skills. The global drug delivery sector is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, driven by new technologies and improved product features. On this course you'll gain the transferable skills to meet this market need.

The course is for graduates seeking practical experience in the design and development of drug delivery systems.

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • carry out independent work of a publishable standard
  • gain skills suitable for a career in the pharmaceutical industry
  • continue your research career into a PhD programme

What you'll study

  • biology of specific targets for drug based intervention
  • biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic & physiochemical principles important in the design & formulation of drug dosage systems
  • latest advances in drug delivery & targeting
  • drug targeting & using drug carriers
  • strategies available & utilised for a particular drug & biological barrier

Major project

You'll have the exciting opportunity to work alongside leading researchers developing the next generation of drug delivery systems.

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Course content

Skills for Pharmaceutical Students

Refine and advance your core skills in statistics, data presentation and career development while also learning about the ethical choices and dilemmas that you might face in your scientific careers.

Pharmaceutical Formulation & Clinical Pharmaceutics

This class will explore and develop the skills and understanding required to formulate a range of drug delivery systems and consider the drug, the target site and the release rates required for optimised therapeutic outcomes. How the drug is delivered and eliminated from the body will be discussed in detail and you will gain a strong understanding of physico-chemicial principles that govern the design and formulation of drug delivery systems.

Chemical & Spectroscopic Methods

This class is laboratory based and is used to develop practical lab skills of relevance to current industrial and academic practice.

The aims of this class are to provide you with an appreciation and knowledge of the practical skills necessary when using chemical and spectroscopic techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical substances and ingredients in formulations.

Pharmaceutical Project Management

The aim of this class is to impart knowledge and understanding of the Pharmaceutical Project management keeping in view of pharmaceutical, biotech and industry in mind. This class will provide you with the fundamentals of project management and show how to apply the principles of project management to a typical pharmaceutical project, including topic such as: Pharmaceutical R&D and Business Processes; Project Planning; Project Management of Chemical, Analytical, and Formulation Development; Operations management, Processes and production; Marketing & Entrepreneurship.

Advanced Topics in Drug Delivery

This class will explore advanced pharmaceutical drug delivery and targeting systems and associated routes to their formulation as medicines. The approach is interdisciplinary, relating to human physiology and new technologies, applied to the disciplines of drug distribution and pharmacokinetics.

Novel therapeutics & biopharmaceuticals

This class will explore and develop skills and understanding around a range of new and emerging therapeutic areas and biopharmaceutical technologies, their identification, design and development, clinical potential and applications, whilst highlighting the significant role appropriate formulation and delivery systems can play in this process.

This class will focus on the increasingly prominent fields of epigenetics and gene therapy across various disease states and the inherent challenges of formulating and delivering such novel technologies to provide maximum therapeutic effect.

Research Project

Over a 10-week period from May until the end of August, you'll undertake a research project of your choice under the supervision of a leading researcher in their field.

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Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.


Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.


Our laboratories are fitted with the latest equipment for an excellent teaching environment.

The course provides you with full experiential learning in our facilities including:

  • formulation & manufacturing facilities
  • thermo-analytical facilities
  • particle, microparticle & nanoparticle size
  • surface analysis & dissolution analysis facilities
  • freeze drying
  • in-vitro analysis

The course is also supported by access to a full range of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class honours degree or international equivalent in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests other than IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Available scholarships

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Additional costs

Course materials

Lab coats and safety goggles approximately £30. All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources), however students may wish to purchase their own copies at approximately £60-180 for second hand to new prices.

Other costs

  • £10 returnable deposit for entry keycard
  • £10 returnable deposit for locker (depending on project location within SIPBS)
  • printing and binding costs of project dissertation (soft-bound so estimated £10)

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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The MSc in Advanced Drug Delivery is designed for those wishing to pursue careers in the following sectors:

  • healthcare
  • academia (research and teaching)
  • scientific research
  • pharmaceutical and biotech industry

Career Paths

This course provides the background training for a career in/as:

  • Formulation scientist
  • Process Development Scientist
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
  • laboratory technical support
  • medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales
  • charity funding support
  • medical writing, patent and ethics destinations
  • academia (research and teaching) – following a further PhD route

Our graduates

Graduates from Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences have taken up roles as deans, professoriate and senior academics in universities and research institutes globally. Previous graduates also follow a career in clinical research in the health care sector. They are directly involved in clinical trials, screening and biomedical laboratory science.

Our close links and funding with industry enables graduates to develop industry networks and move on to industry academic research projects. This can lead to eventual employment in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and big data sectors.

Potential salaries

Prospects provides a guide for entry salaries for potential career paths. These are outlined in the table below*.

Job titleStarting salary
Product/process development scientist £22,000 to £30,000
Research scientist (life sciences) £25,000 to £40,000
Clinical research associate £23,000 to £30,000
Medical sales representative £18,000 to £24,000

*Last accessed 21 February 2019

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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Please note there is no deadline for submitting applications.

Start date: Sep 2022

Advanced Drug Delivery

Start date: Sep 2022

Start date: Sep 2022

Advanced Drug Delivery

Start date: Sep 2022

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