Mark Magas

  • Programme Leader for Biomedical Science Senior Lecturer: Pharmacology
  • Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies
  • Science
 Mark Magas


I'm a  Senior Lecturer, at the University of Cumbria responsible. I am the Programme Leader for Biomedical Science and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science. As a pharmacist I am registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

s module leader, for a suite of level 3,4,5,6 and 7 modules. For example in the Institute of Science Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies I lead a number of modules including, Essential Chemistry, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists, Anatomy and Physiology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry and Introductory Biochemistry. I also support the Institute in facilitating areas related to medicines that crop up on other modules such as toxicology and microbiology.

I began my career as a hospital pharmacist, before moving to a small community pharmacy and gained a post with Boots in 2001. I became a consultant pharmacist and then a secondment as a pharmacist resource manager, which involved quite a large amount of teaching and co-ordinating the teaching of pharmacy staff, including healthcare and dispensing assistants, and continuing professional development for pharmacists.”

When the secondment ended I decided I would take-up teaching because I’d enjoyed it so much. I left Boots to work as a locum while studying for a postgraduate certificate in chemistry education at St Martin’s College, Lancaster, qualifying in 2003. I then spent time as secondary school science teacher for three years. I did enjoy working with young people and teaching then allowed me to really hone my skills in being able to explain difficult scientific concepts effectively and in interesting and imaginative ways. 

Qualifications and memberships


PGCE (Chemistry)

BPharm (Hons)

Registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences

Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Associate Member of the Royal Pharmacological Society

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic and research interests

Biomedical Science



Health Sciences

Life Sciences

Forensic Chemistry


Anatomy and Physiology


Magas, M. (2014) Cumbria Asthma Medication Use Reviews Project Final Report. Internal NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

Magas, M. (2013) Technology Enhanced Learning Adoption and Spread of e-Learning (TELASE). Internal NHS report. Unpublished.

Allan, S. and Magas, M. (2012) 'The ripple effect: developing a peer network for cascading digital skills practice', 17th Annual SEDA Conference, November 2012, Aston University, Birmingham.

Magas, M., 2011, 'New Drugs and Developments in the Research into Diabetes Treatment', The Pharmaceutical Journal, 286, p.p. 311-312. 

Magas, M., 2011, 'Flexibly Embedding Authentic Assessments Throughout the Learning Experience', Improving Students' Experience of Assessment & Feedback Event. University of Cumbria, Cumbria 11th January.

Recent external roles

External Examiner to the University of Hull 2014 - 2018

External Examiner to the University of Coventry 2016 - 2020