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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.

Overall, 98% of graduates from Pharmacy are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 100% are in graduate level roles (Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes postgraduate (taught) and postgraduate (research) Pharmacy responders). 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

97% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).