MSc in Drug Delivery

Students will gain an overview of drug delivery and have hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies at the PhD level.

Why choose this course?

  • Provides an overview of the drug development process from concept to market
  • Gives an understanding in the design and formulation of drug delivery systems including latest advances and targeted systems.
  • Prepares you for an academic or industrial career in pharmaceutics or drug delivery - areas where qualified postgraduates are in demand
  •  Provides hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery

Entry requirements

This programme is open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates. Prospective students must possess a good Honours Degree (minimum lower 2nd class) in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, materials science, medicine, or a related field, from a recognised university or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country.

Course information

Duration of programme: Full-time: 12 months

Start date: International & EU: 14th September 2016

                     Home: 19th September 2016

Application deadline:

1st August for International students

31st August for UK/EU students

If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

Distance learning available: No

Intake: 15

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements

Fees for 2016 entry:

UK/EU students:
International students: £16,850

International scholarships - We have scholarships for African & South American students

Aston Alumni discount - 20% discount


Programme outline

This programme is primarily designed to prepare students for an academic or industrial career in pharmaceutics or drug delivery. Qualified postgraduates are in significant demand, due to the continued development of highly complex and sensitive drug molecules.

The course is based around core compulsory modules and a research project. These modules cover the biology of disease states, designing drugs and delivery systems, research methods and exploiting your research. 


The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the drug discovery process from target to market.
This module aims to provide insight and understanding into the mechanisms of action of antibiotics used to control infectious diseases and of agents used in the treatment and control of cancer.
This module equips students with the ability to apply the biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic and physiochemical principles important in the design and forumlation of drug delivery systems.
This modules will concentrate on the assessment of the physico-chemical parameters using a range of tools and consider the implications of these properties at all stages of formulation, development, regulation and application of the medicine.
The latest advances in drug delivery and targeting will be addressed within this module. The aim is to develop the concept of drug targeting with drug carriers and provide an in depth appreciation of the strategies available and utilised for a particular drug and biological barrier.
The professional skills taught in this module will equip you with general and transferable talents with broad application both within and outside of academia.
This module includes the following: critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers, writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentation skills.

The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies. Examples include liposome-based drug delivery systems, strategies for enhancing drug solubility, and development of TB vaccines.

Learning, teaching & assessment

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

 Please note that the course is not accredited by any professional body.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to provide a postgraduate-level education and training for graduates seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies at PhD level. Graduates from MSc Drug Delivery have moved into areas within the pharmaceutical industry which include formulation sciences, analysis, research sciences, pre-clinical development, clinical trials and regulatory bodies (e.g. FDA, MHRA).


Personal development

The transferable skills acquired on this course include effective written and oral communication, team working, report writing, critical analysis and IT skills.

  • Lectures and seminars are conducted in modern audio-visually equipped lecture theatres and classrooms.
  • “Wet” practicals are conducted in newly refurbished laboratories equipped with a range of pharmaceutical and analytical instruments.
  • The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading. Projects are conducted alongside established research groups, specialising in biotechnology research.
  • Teaching and organisational material is communicated via an electronic learning environment.
  • Access to journals is provided via Aston University’s library including a mixture of hard-copy publications and electronic access to several large scientific databases.

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Hayder Al-Jarsha
I'm Hayder from Iraq and I did my MSc degree in Drug Delivery at Aston University. It was really a unique experience in my life. My MSc programme involved many modules that provided me with both scientific knowledge and technical skills. Aston’s team is amazing; there is always someone you can ask for help and support.



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