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.

Depending on your undergraduate degree, you will also follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to build up your practical skills and gain a strong background in both disciplines.

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

  • Techniques for drug discovery
  • Preparation for research project
  • Plus choose one from:
  • Track A: biology for chemists
  • Track B: chemistry for biologists

Semester 2

  • Same compulsory units as semester 1
  • 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

2020/21 fees Home/EU £9,500 Overseas £23,100

Entry Requirements

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

 

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