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Postgraduate Taught

Discover our postgraduate taught degrees and make the next steps towards your career in pharmacy, medicine, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other sciences.

At the School of Pharmacy we offer the following taught postgraduate programmes.

About this course

This course is focused on the effective design and development of modern medicines. Drug delivery and nanomedicine is a competitive and fast-growing research area. It is driving emerging healthcare concepts including:

  • advanced drug targeting
  • precision medicine
  • theranostics

This course will provide you with key research training and skills for a career in this area.

Course structure

The taught element of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of drug delivery and nanomedicine. This will examine current challenges in drug delivery and how advanced formulation designs and nanotechnology can provide opportunities to enhance future treatment. You have the flexibility to select complementary modules and develop a bespoke course. You will also have training in general research principles, as well as other professional and key skills.

Your research project is the major element of the course. The project involves 24 weeks of research in an area of drug delivery and nanomedicine. The project is supervised by expert academic researchers in your field of interest.

The MRes is designed for graduates of:

  • pharmacy
  • pharmaceutical sciences
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • engineering

It is also for intercalating and qualified MBBS or BDS students.

The course can be studied as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route to a PhD or MD.

About these courses

There is a choice of courses: Oncology; Palliative Care; and Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry, all as full masters and postgraduate certificates and diplomas

  • Flexibility allows the busy working professional to accommodate part-time study
  • They are delivered by academics and NHS clinical staff
  • Newcastle University have been innovators and pioneers in Oncology and Palliative Care programmes since 2005
  • There is extensive experience in online programme delivery in the School of Pharmacy
  • Depending on which programme you take, you may learn about biological, clinical (including holistic and patient-centred care), and epidemiological and genetic factors surrounding cancer. You may also benefit from the knowledge of inter-professional working

 Course structure

  • All assessments are taken online with no requirement to visit Newcastle
  • Collaboration in online activities will be with peers situated globally
  • The Masters concludes with a dissertation based in your workplace, with both a workplace and Newcastle University-based supervisor 

About these courses

  • Includes modules on planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on clinical research
  • Delivered by academics and NHS clinical researchers
  • Direct links with, and active involvement of, NIHR clinical research networks and Newcastle Health Innovation Partners
  • Accredited by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC)
  • Extensive experience in online and blended programme delivery
  • Flexibility to allows the busy working professional to accommodate part time study
  • All assessments are taken online
  • Inter professional activitiesThe Masters concludes with a dissertation based in your workplace, with both a workplace and Newcastle University-based supervisor


Core learning outcomes include:

  • appraising good practice principles in all aspects of clinical research
  • recognising academic scholarship in your own work and of others
  • differentiating between different forms of clinical research
  • identifying opportunities in your chosen area of clinical research or chosen pathway 

The Faculty of Medical Sciences offers a wide range of taught Masters (MSc) and Masters of Research (MRes) programmes applicable to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

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