Our MSc by Research Pharmacy Practice progamme is suitable as preparation for PhD studies and for pharmacists wanting to combine research with a career.
The School of Pharmacy has strong links with practitioners and the NHS and encourages a collaborative and supportive research community, creating an ideal environment to study for an MSc by Research
At the University of Reading we have invested in facilities and resources that will inspire our students and maximise their potential. Facilities and resources you will have access to whilst studying include Clinical Skills Suite – state-of-the-art clinical suite that includes large teaching space, consultation rooms, physical monitoring devices including blood-pressure meters, and glucose and cholesterol-testing devices. Pharmacy Practice Rooms – a dispensing facility which houses software that allows prescription and dispensing activities to be mimicked in a laboratory setting to support MSc projects. Analytical resources – including access to a range of software such as SPSS, NVivo, MindManager, EndNote as well as the services of the Statistical Advisory Service
Research projects are offered in five key research areas: Service Development and Quality Improvement; Clinical Practice and Patient Care; Human Factors and Systems Safety; Conceptual Development; and Philosophy of Care, Education and Training. Your research project may feature joint supervision and input from our numerous pharmacy partners.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in pharmacy or equivalent pharmacy qualification, although you will also be considered if you have relevant experience and a degree in another field.
What will you study?
PMMR1A research methods: provides training in generic and pharmacy practice-specific research skills
PMMR1B advanced topics in research: students will follow a programme of seminars and small group discussions and develop their individual research proposal
PMMR2 research project: students will undertake an extended 30 week project collaboration with a pharmacy practice base on a research topic of their choice
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £11,860 per year
New international students: £22,210 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
This programme is suitable preparation for subsequent PhD studies and equally suitable for pharmacists wanting to combine research with a career in community, hospital, primary-care pharmacy, or education and training.
Reading School of Pharmacy has excellent links with industry, from the big pharma to small and medium-sized enterprises. Many of our graduates go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations.