MSc Pharmacokinetics

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.

Why choose this course?

  • Aston is rated in the top 10 for Pharmacology and Pharmacy in The Complete University Guide’s 2014 league tables
  • Designed for scientists already working within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for science graduates
  • The programme is delivered in a multidisciplinary environment, drawing on the expertise of a variety of teaching/research staff, each with their own specialist interests

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least a 2nd class honours degree 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.

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:

  • IELTS. Minimum requirement - 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each area.

  • TOEFL IBT. Minimum requirement - 93 overall, (19 in listening and speaking, 18 in reading and 23 in writing).

  • Pearson Academic. Minimum requirement - 63 overall, 57 in each area.

We do not accept a Password test

If students do not meet these requirements in their language tests, they can potentially take one of the pre-sessional courses offered by the School of Languages and Social Sciences.

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: late September

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.


Fees for 2015 entry:

UK/EU students: £5,500              
International students: £16,500 

International scholarships - We have scholarships for African & South American 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


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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.

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.

Pharmacokinetics graduate 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)

The programme will develop students skills in many difference 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.

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

The course director is Dr Raj K. Singh Badhan, a specialist in pharmacokinetics who lectures within the School of Pharmacy.

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
Pharmacy Complete University Guide 2014

Fees & funding

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