MSc by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The School of Pharmacy is currently engaged in a wide range of research, including solid state drug development, personalised care, medicinal chemistry, biotherapeutics and nanomedicine. Subsequently, there are opportunities for research students to work with academics across varied topics.

The Course

As a researcher in the School of Pharmacy, you have the opportunity to liaise with professionals in the Pharmacy pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to develop national and international collaborations. Previous research projects have involved work in the USA and across Europe and Asia.

Research in the School is focused on two distinct themes. These are clinical pharmacy and practice; and drug discovery, design and delivery. Further information can be found at:

Subsequently, there may be opportunities for research students to work with academics across disciplines.

As a postgraduate student, you can benefit from access to purpose-built laboratory space and specialist equipment, a wide range of training programmes designed to enhance your research and transferrable skills, as well as support from dedicated academic supervisors. There are opportunities for graduates to progress to careers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics or food industries and within academia.

Our research is focused in two main areas:

Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery

The aims of this group are to:

  • Identify new drug targets
  • Design and discover new drugs
  • Develop innovative approaches to drug delivery

Clinical Pharmacy and Practice

The aims of this group are to:

  • Foster research collaborations with healthcare professionals
  • Provide better medicines optimisation
  • Ensuring personalised care

Please visit our research website to read about specific research interests of our staff members:

Our research environment aims to support students through a specific framework. This covers all aspects of the postgraduate experience, including supervisor interaction, training and access to the facilities and allied support through the Directors of Research and Postgraduates Studies, from initial application to final completion.

All postgraduates are actively encouraged to prepare submission to scientific journals in their field. Students are expected to present their findings to national and international conferences, and also to participate in internal research meetings.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor(s), with the regularity of these varying depending on your own individual requirements, subject area and the stage of your programme.

Methods of application vary depending on a student's chosen funding option. Self-funded applicants, students seeking support through a fellowship scheme or those with employer sponsorship are all encouraged to approach the School with proposed topics within the research themes outlined above.

Please note that all applications in the first instance are through the central online system, via the button at the top right of this page.

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

The School of Pharmacy is currently engaged in a wide range of research, including solid state drug development, personalised care, medicinal chemistry, biotherapeutics and nanomedicine. Subsequently, there are opportunities for research students to work with academics across varied topics.

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer three Fee Waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its Masters of Science (MSc) by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are covered by the School of Pharmacy.

The three available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines

Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh

If you are interested in any of the above projects please contact the appropriate supervisor by email.

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263


2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £15,300 £7,650
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,300 £6,650
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,219 £2,219


* Academic year August – July

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

First or upper second class honours degree or Master’s in a relevant subject

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Emma Wright

Academic Contact

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may progress to careers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics or food industries, while others may choose to work within academia.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Our Science and Innovation Park, home to the Joseph Banks Laboratories, provides specialist teaching suites and laboratories for study and research. It is a regional hub for science industry innovation and development.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.