Description

Gain knowledge and practical skills in drug discovery science from target identification through to getting a drug to market.

This course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology. You will become familiar with a range of concepts and research techniques in drug discovery including target identification and validation, screening platforms, optimisation of small molecule drugs and biotherapeutics, and the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
 
Semester 1
  • Track A: biology for chemists or Track B: chemistry for biologists
  • Techniques in drug discovery
  • Preparation for research project
Semester 2
  • Track A: biology for chemists or Track B: chemistry for biologists (continued)
  • Techniques in drug discovery (continued)
  • Preparation for research project (continued)
  • Plus optional units
Summer
  • Research project
Optional course units
 
These are examples of optional units currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
  • Synthesis of medicinal compounds
  • Research topics in natural products
  • Opportunity generation, assessment and development
  • Technology-based entrepreneurship
  • Drug targets in the immune system
  • The molecular biology and treatment of cancer

Student Destinations

The course has been developed in consultation with industry experts, so you will graduate with the core science skills that are highly sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.

You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research at the interface of chemistry, biology and pharmacology.

You can find out more about the course by watching a recording of our Drug Discovery webinar.

Fees

2019/20 Fees Home/EU £9,500 Overseas £22,000

Entry Requirements

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry (or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry), biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

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