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 gain a strong background in both disciplines and develop subject-related and practical skills appropriate to your career aspirations.

You’ll be taught by academics from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry, benefitting from the expertise of both departments.

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.

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:

Physiology, pathology and pharmacology

Organic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry

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
  • Towards precision medicine

 

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 in medicinal chemistry, biomedical sciences and pharmacology.

Fees

Please see fees page for details: https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/faculty-of-science-taught-postgraduate-tuition-fees-2021-22/

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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