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Our programmes

Apply for an exciting masters by research programme at the University of Reading, providing research training for pharmacists and other life science graduates interested in pursuing a career in research.

MSc by Research in Pharmacy Practice

Our MSc by Research Pharmacy Practice programme is suitable as preparation for PhD studies and for pharmacists wanting to combine research with a career.

MSc by Research in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

This programme has an established reputation for research in neuroscience disciplines. You’ll receive training in a wide range of experimental techniques, and will have access to industrial laboratories and facilities.

MSc by Research in Formulation Design & Analysis

Our MSc by Research Formulation Design and Analysis offers you fantastic research facilities, training in a wide range of experimental techniques and strong links with industry.

How you'll study

Core modules

When you choose one of our masters research programmes, the first 11 weeks of the course are spent undertaking core taught modules to gain practical and theoretical experience.

Research project

Once you've completed your core modules, you will then take part in a 30-week research project to put your learning into practice. We have many research projects to choose from, for each of the three masters programmes on offer.

Why study with us?

Launch your career

You'll take part in projects that are geared towards the research priorities of the academic, industry and charity sectors. This will provide valuable experience and boost your employability.

98% of recent leavers were in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from School of Pharmacy). Many of them go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations.

Strong links with industry

From big pharma to small enterprises, our links provide access to industrial laboratories and facilities.

Networking opportunities

Connections with national and international research committees provide opportunities for you to participate in events and conferences.

Global reputation

Established global reputation for research in drug delivery, nanoscience, polymers, materials science, and synthesis and analysis of organic molecules.


Find out more from our students and staff about what it's like to study and work in the University of Reading School of Pharmacy.

Our staff

Meet our teaching and academic staff, and find out who might be teaching you on our various courses.

Our research

85% of our research was recognised as being internationally excellent (REF 2014), with the Reading School of Pharmacy ranked 20th out of 94 submissions by research outputs.