The rapid transformation in the nature of drug discovery means that knowledge of related disciplines, and the technologies used, is essential for those considering a career in commercial or academic research.
This MSc will help you explore the latest methods of developing drugs and therapeutic compounds for humans and animals and disease control agents for plants.
You will learn about marketing, licensing and regulations, which are all part of the development process. Our multidisciplinary approach links structural biology, bioinformatics, chemistry and pharmacology.
You will investigate the fundamental scientific problems and techniques of drug discovery and design, alongside the challenges of developing principles for new therapeutic strategies.
You will have hands-on experience of crystallographic computer programming and computation for bioinformatics.
You will consider the moral and ethical aspects of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries through case studies, seminars and discussions.
This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project, leading to a dissertation.
- Applicable Mathematics
- Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
- Quantitating Drug Binding
- Protein Structure Determination
- Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
- Project Proposal and Literature Review
- Preparative Methods for Structural Biology
- Drug Discovery
- Biochemistry A & B
- Bioinformatics 1
- Chemical Medicine
- Functional Genomic Technologies
- Biophysical Chemistry for MSc Biochemistry
- Introduction to Scientific Programming
- Practical Skills in Biochemistry A & B
- Introduction to Website and Database Design for Drug Discovery;
- Detailed Characterisation of Drug or Ligand Interactions Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR);
- Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
- Bioinformatics Algorithms
- Information Processing in Biological Cells
- Bioinformatics 2
- Protein Molecular Modelling Practical Skills
- Tools for Synthetic Biology
- Preparative Methods for Structural Biology Laboratory Experience
This MSc is designed to help you pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or relevant government agencies, and it will provide a good background for managerial or technical roles in research, design and development. It is also a solid basis from which to continue your studies to PhD level.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or pharmacology.
We will also consider your application if you have a background in chemistry, physics or computer science.
We may consider your application if you have a background in another science or medicine; please contact us to check before you apply.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
- Entry requirements by country
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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