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The Department of Pharmacology offers a one-year MSc taught course to outstanding students with a good degree in biological, life and physical sciences. The Course Director is Dr Barbara Zonta.

Course aims

Upon graduating from the MSc taught course in Pharmacology, students will be able to:

  • Understand modern pharmacological principles and their potential clinical applications
  • Apply an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to research investigation
  • Design experimental protocols
  • Critically appraise research methods and experimental results
  • Communicate research results and clinical implications to a wide audience
  • Acquire transferable skills required for a career in the pharmaceutical sector or related areas

The integrative skills acquired during this training and practical experience are essential requirements in the pharmacological workplace in both academic and commercial environments. 

Key features

  • Only 20-25 graduate students each year ensures that all students receive focused teaching and support to enable them to reach their full potential
  • Teaching carried out by academic staff and specialist external tutors
  • Support from one of the Oxford colleges
  • The intensive programme will cover pharmacology from gene to organism, combining fundamental pharmacological principles with essential practical training
  • Students receive training in essential in vitro and in vivo techniques and have the option to study for a Home Office License

The MSc in Pharmacology is part of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme offered in collaboration with the Saïd Business School. To download a brochure on the program please click on this link: addition to offering a highly specialised, intense 2-year programme for a candidate, the program opens up the opportunity to be considered for a Pershing Square Scholarship, where recipients will receive a generous scholarship for the entirety of both their master’s programme and the one-year MBA programme.  For full details, click here


Of the students who graduated in 2019, 59% are currently attending further postgraduate studies ( PhD, MD/PhD and MBA) and 26% are employed in research positions either in academia or industry. Other destinations include positions as consultants, medical writers, patent lawyers, regulatory affair officers and medical sales representatives.

For full details of deadlines, entry requirements, funding and studentships, Colleges and how to apply, see the University’s Graduate Studies webpages.