MSc Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety and investigates the fate of a drug in the body, and how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. Develop your skill and knowledge in the application of pharmacokinetics to the design and optimisation of new therapeutics.

Why choose this course? 

  • Aston Pharmacy School is one of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools with over 100 years of history and reputation. It is ranked 3rd for student satisfaction in England (The Complete University Guide 2015) 
  • The MSc Pharmacokinetics has close links with the two major providers of pharmacokinetics tools to industry: Cetara (SimCYP) and Bayer Technology Services (PK-SIM)
  • Provides specialist training and practical experience for the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes. Suitable for scientists already working within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for science graduates      

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at 2nd class honours degree (or above) in a life Sciences-based subject e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, chemical engineering, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biotechnology or biological chemistry from a UK University, or when outside the UK a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.

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: 12 months full-time

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.

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: £6,900              
International students: £16,850

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

                                                We also have two Scholarships available for Indian students.     

Aston Alumni discount - 20% discount

Programme outline

Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety and investigates the fate of a drug in the body, and how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated.

The MSc Pharmacokinetics programme has been developed with an emphasis on describing mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting the pharmacokinetics of drugs throughout the drug development process. The course will provide candidates with a broad range of experiences in the application of pharmacokinetics from early discovery and development, through to market authorisation and clinical applications.

This programme is designed for scientists already working within the pharmaceutical industry or science graduates who wish to explore the area of pharmacokinetics further and to and obtain a university degree.

Key themes include:

  • The application pharmacokinetic principle to early drug discovery strategies
  • Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetic principles in dosage form design
  • Basic and advanced pharmacokinetics with an emphasis on modelling and simulation
  • Specialist research projects


  • Drug Discovery
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the drug discovery process from target to market.
  • Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
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.
  • Drug Dosage Form & Design
This module provides students with an understanding and ability to apply the biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic and physicochemical principles important in the design and forumlation of drug delivery systems and with an ability to collect, manipulate and interpret experimental data of relevance to drug formulation and delivery.
  • Pharmacology
The aim of this module is to provide students with understanding receptor pharmacology and pharmacological techniques and concepts.
  • Research Methods: Professional Development
The professional skills taught in this module will equip you with general and transferable talents with broad application both within and outside of academia.
  • Research Skills: Communication Skills
This module includes the following: critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers, writing abstracts, writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentations skills.
  • Research Project
The research project involved experiential learning with the completion of a comprehensive literature review appropriate to the project.

This 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.

A core aspect of the programme is focussed on working with cutting-edge modelling and simulation software to apply pharmacokinetic principles to industry case-studies examples.

MSc Pharmacokinetics is a one year course taught over three terms. Students will be required to attend various lectures, seminars, tutorials and modelling and simulation sessions throughout the taught part of the programme. During the research project, students will be required to commit up to 30 hours per week.

The MSc Pharmacokinetics provides postgraduate-level education and training for graduates seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry. This MSc is also an excellent foundation for studies at PhD level.

Pharmacokinetics graduates are in-demand in most pharmaceutical companies, with graduates capable of working in a number of fields including:

  • Discovery/development groups
  • Pre-clinical development
  • Formulation sciences
  • Marketing authorisation
  • Regulatory bodies (e.g. FDA,EMEA, MHRA)
You will develop skills in many different areas including: 
  • presentation skills

  • team working
  • report writing
  • negotiation skills
  • IT skills

The programme is delivered in a multidisciplinary environment. Candidates will be exposed to a variety teaching/research staff, each with their own specialist interests, which will benefit the development of the student.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.

Facilities available include:
  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms
  • Laboratories
  • Cutting-edge software (e.g. Gastroplus, SimCYP)
  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Learning resources – such as up-to-date texts, journals and media publications

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Research laboratories


 Power handling room and tableting machine



Course Director

Dr Raj K Singh Badhan

Dr Badhan has a broad background in pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutical sciences and is a UK registered pharmacist.  His PhD and Post-Doctoral training in pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutical sciences will provide candidates with an extensive understanding of the application of pharmacokinetics during drug development.

Teaching staff

The programme provides a broad understanding of the application of pharmacokinetics to the pharmaceutical industry, and therefore each staff members involved in delivering the module brings a wealth of expertise to the programme:
LHS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3000      

Email: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk

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