Course overview

The Drug Delivery MSc at Aston University has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the drug development process from concept to market. This knowledge and experience will leave you well prepared on successful graduation for an exciting and rewarding academic or industrial career in the pharmaceutics and drug delivery arena. 

Why Drug Delivery at Aston University?

Internationally recognised Pharmacy school
Aston University's Pharmacy School is the only in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy awarded by HM the Queen
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Research active staff
Study with research-active academics from a wide range of pharmaceutical fields and backgrounds
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Specialist knowledge
Gain specialist skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical industry

Course description

Drug Delivery MSc

Throughout your time on the Drug Delivery MSc at Aston, you will receive specialist training and practical experience on the design and development of effective drug delivery systems and hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation. 

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What we will provide
First-class teaching in the UK's second-largest city, delivered by a diverse array of staff who will inspire and excite you, fantastic facilities that will bring your course to life through hands-on, practical experience; years of close industry collaboration that is harnessed to provide you with learning based on real-world needs.

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What you will provide
As a postgraduate student, you will be required to balance academic work and research projects. You will be expected to engage with teaching materials, online lectures, and in-person sessions. It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies - understand that intelligence and success come from applying yourself, you must be able to demonstrate critical thinking and have ambition and drive to excel. 

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What skills we teach
In addition to a comprehensive education on drug delivery, this course emphasizes developing transferable skills such as presentation, teamwork, report writing, critical analysis, negotiation, and data analysis. 

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Career prospects
You’ll have a range of opportunities available to you such as drug delivery, analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs and scientific writing.

How you will learn

Your teaching style is modern and innovative, with a hands-on approach that bridges the gap between theory and practice. This enables you to apply your skills as you progress through your course, marrying your learning with practical examples, all designed to prepare you for the world of work. 

You will engage in a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, seminars, group work, and a research project - likely to be a laboratory-based project where you will collect and analyse your own data. 

What you will learn

You will gain expertise in the latest advancements in drug delivery and targeting, strategies for overcoming drug and biological barriers, as well as learn biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic, and physicochemical principles crucial for designing drug dosage systems.  

Additionally, you'll delve into the biology of specific drug targets, molecular modeling for rational drug design, and relevant laboratory techniques. Furthermore, you'll gain insights into regulatory procedures and laboratory processes essential for analyzing pharmaceutical drug delivery products, enabling you to conduct independent work of publishable standard.   


As a postgraduate student with Aston Pharmacy School, you will have access to a range of facilities and resources including: 

  • Access to industry-standard clinical trials simulations software (e.g. Simcyp, Winnonlin). 
  • Modern lecture theatres and classrooms, equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and technology. 
  • Newly refurbished laboratories that are equipped with a range of pharmaceutical and analytical instruments for “wet” practicals. 
  • An established Virtual Learning Environment for teaching and course-organisation materials and communications. 
  • Hard-copy and electronic access to publications, journals and large scientific databases.  

Course objectives

  1.  Provide you with an overview of the drug design and drug discovery processes.  
  2.  Provide you with an understanding of the biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic and physicochemical principles important in the design and formulation of drug dosage systems. 
  3. Address the latest advances in drug delivery and targeting and develop an understanding of the concept of drug targeting using drug carriers, with an in depth appreciation of the strategies available and utilised for a particular drug and/or biological barrier.  
  4. Provide you with insight into the regulatory procedures and laboratory processes required for analysis of pharmaceutical drug delivery products.  
  5. Develop your research skills and transferable skills relevant to drug discovery, drug design and drug delivery in preparation for a career in the pharmaceutical industry 


Modules and learning outcomes

Taught stage modules

In the taught stage, you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Drug Discovery15
Chemotherapy and Selective Toxicity15
Research Skills15
Principles of Product Analysis and Validation15
Drug Delivery and Targeting30


Dissertation stage modules

In the dissertation stage, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
Research Project60

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 

All applicants require: 

Lower second class honours degree (2:2) or higher (or international equivalent) from a recognised university in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.  

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Pathway Programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Masters Foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.



Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:


Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm)

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students

Annual tuition fees:£9,750

International students

Annual tuition fees:£20,700

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.


You will be 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. 

Career prospects

On successful graduation, you will be equipped with extensive specialist knowledge, and the transferable skills relevant for various careers in the pharmaceutical industry or academic research. You’ll have a range of opportunities available to you such as drug delivery, analytical sciences, formulation development, project management, regulatory affairs and scientific writing. 

In addition, for those that wish to peruse a career in academic research or academia, this course is a well-placed stepping stone for PhD study at Aston or another leading institution.   

Graduates from our suite of Pharmacy master programmes have gone on to secure roles with a variety of organisations across the public and private sector. 

Recent graduate roles include:

  • Associate Pharmaceutical Development Scientist 
  • Analytical scientist 
  • Laboratory Analyst 
  • Lecturer in Science 
  • PhD student 
  • Product Performance Chemist 
  • Quality Assurance Production Technician 
  • Quality Control Technician 
  • Research Associate 
  • Scientific Director 

Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Drug Delivery MSc at Aston University?

Drug delivery focuses on the different design of dosage forms available, such as tablets, injections and patches. The aim of drug delivery is to ensure the safe and effective arrival of the drug at the correct time, and concentration for the patient. 

By studying at Aston, you’ll be gaining a qualification from an institution rated in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects allied to Medicine (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023), meaning you’ll have everything you need to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding and exciting career in drug delivery or pharmaceutics. 

What research could I do in my final project?

Your research project forms a large and important part of your MSc studies, and at Aston, we offer projects covering wide range of specialist disciplines. 
Recent examples of projects undertaken by Aston Drug Delivery MSc students include: 

  • The impact of excipient and process parameters on drug loading in the formulation of orally disintegrating tablets. 
  • Nanostructured particles for oral drug delivery. 
  • Improving drug loading and release profiles of orally dissolving films. 
  • Development of microemulsion systems for topical drug delivery. 
  • Development and characterisation of niosomal formulations for ocular drug delivery. 
  • 3D printing for the manufacture of personalised biodegradable drug-loaded arterial stents. 

What will I study on this course?

The course explores everything from drug discovery to drug dosage form design, and advanced drug delivery and targeting. It has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the drug development process from concept to market. You’ll learn a range of important personal attributes such as presentation, negotiation and communication skills and get the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in your final project. 

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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