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.
The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project and dissertation.
The learning and teaching activities that will form your teaching include sessions such as lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Where possible, we will also teach in the laboratories and computing suites.
You’ll do presentations, work on your own research skills, develop literature and data skills. You’ll also work on individual projects, as well as those in groups.
You must take these courses:
Applicable Mathematics for MSc Drug Discovery and Translational Biology (Semester 1)
Molecular Modelling and Database Mining (Semester 1)
Preparative Methods for Structural Biology (Semester 1)
Quantitating drug binding (Semester 1)
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery (Semester 2)
Drug Discovery (MSc Level) (Semester 2)
Protein Structure Determination (Semester 2)
Project Proposal and Literature Review for MSc Drug Discovery and Translational Biology (Semester 2)
Research Project in MSc Drug Discovery and Translational Biology (Semester 2)
Semester 1Select exactly 20 credits of the following courses:
Introduction to scientific programming for MSc in Drug Discovery & Translational Biology
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Tools for Synthetic Biology
Bioinformatics Programming and System Management
Biophysical Chemistry for MSc Biochemistry
Semester 2Select exactly 20 credits of the following courses:
Introduction to web site and database design for drug discovery
Detailed Characterisation of Drug or Ligand Interactions Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)
Functional Genomic Technologies
Preparative Methods for Structural Biology Laboratory Experience
Those students who progress to MSc level will carry out their own research project at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research.
This also involves reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, and writing a dissertation.
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, pharmacy, physics, computer science or medicine.
University-level mathematics is required at pass level and your degree should include some chemistry.
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: a total of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.