Careers in Pharmacy in India and abroad have evolved rapidly over the past decade or so due to ever changing trends in chemical, biological and biotechnological therapeutics and the latest technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry. An increased emphasis is put on research and development of drug products in pharmaceutical companies due to the emergence of stringent intellectual property and patent protection procedures worldwide.
In recent years, the UK has become one of the most popular destinations for higher education due to high standards of teaching and research. There is a wide choice of postgraduate courses offered by many institutions in UK. Particularly in drug delivery, pharmaceutical technology, pharmaceutical analysis, biotechnology, analytical chemistry etc. Some of these courses are also offered in combination with management studies, particularly useful if the student is seeking to gain a management position within the pharmaceutical and allied industries. Although, many of these courses are ‘taught’ programmes, there are MSc ‘by research’ programmes as well for students who are interested in doing research and would like to further their careers with a PhD programme later on. Interaction of chemistry and life sciences with medicine including the use and understanding of free-radical reactions, use of new bioactive natural products in cancer therapy, formulation of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products via polymer based systems, gene therapy, nanoparticles, stem cell research are some of the frontier current research areas.
Recent ‘student friendly’ home office visa regulations such as ‘post study leave’ which allow students to stay in UK for two further years after the completion of the course in order to seek employment has also attracted many students.
Postgraduate courses in Pharmaceutical Science in the UK provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in relevant field including pharmaceutical industry or public sector such as clinical trials, regulatory affairs, formulation & development, quality control & analysis, marketing or paves a path to go on to pursue further research studies such as PhD. In addition, the student would also greatly benefit by enhancing their transferable skills such as communication, time-management, organisational and problem-solving skills, which are expected by the employers.
A good overseas educational institution has adequate student support/welfare programmes such as health care, accommodation, careers advice service, personal development activities, providence of scholarships/bursaries against tuition fee. Flexible study timings, quality teaching and research excellence (including collaborative research with worldwide links) are the key features to look for. Most of the time, details of the courses, institutions and the academic staff profiles can be obtained via online web resources. Students are often assisted by educational consultants in order to make a right decision in choosing a course and an institution that best suits the individual. Presence of research active academic staff would improve the chances in bringing best practice to your studies during the course. Obtaining feedback from the past or current students from a particular institution would also help making the right decision.
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