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Coursework from selected individual topic areas supports and supplements the taught component of the MSc in Drug Discovery. These will be described by the member of staff responsible, and the format, length, outline of content and context expected for written material and the deadline for submission will be carefully explained. Typical examples of coursework are:
Students are given specific topics to research and retrieve information each week for 3 weeks. Students are expected to prepare notes and collect references. In week 4, students write a report using data given to them about a potential new statin. This is a 3 hour "open book" session with published material available and freedom to visit library. Students hand in their report for assessment at the end of the 3 hours.
Portfolio of Molecular Modelling
Students are provided with a chosen 3 dimensional structure of a protein complexed with a drug. Each student has their own structure which must be analysed using molecular graphics and modelling tools. Students have to produce a file with molecular graphic images to demonstrate their ability to: visualize protein - ligand complexes; analyse interactions between a ligand and protein, and build and optimize small molecules.
Poster presentation on drug - target interactions
Students working in pairs will be allocated a specific drug-drug target interaction. Each pair will analyse this interaction using their molecular modelling expertise and appropriate software and produce a poster presentation. The poster should provide background information about the selected drug target. The use of information about interactions between that target and drugs in different complexes is required to provide understanding of important intermolecular interactions for that particular target.
Students produce written reports on each of the practical classes.
Problems in Functional Group Chemistry and Chemical Calculations
MCQs and a calculations test improve students’ proficiency in these areas
Bioassays for HTS Report and Presentation
Each student is assigned a bioassay on which they write a short report of its mechanism and use in high throughput screening. Each student makes a 5 min presentation to the class.
Analysis of Clinical Data Trial
Students are provided with data taken from a clinical trial of a drug. Methodology is included but no interpretation of the data. Students have to present the data in the form of graphs and figures and interpret the data and draw conclusions in a report of approximately 2000-3000 words.
Critical Analysis of Research Publication
Students are provided with a research publication in which authors report on the discovery and characterisation of a novel drug moleculle. A critical review of methodology, data and contribution to the field together with proposal for future experiments is required in a report of 2000-3000 words.
A major component of the MSc course is the research project. Projects are assigned in February and are supervised by an academic member of staff in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry. Projects are unique and usually complement the particular research activities of the supervisor. Laboratory work (which can be undertaken either in the supervisor’s laboratory in the School or possibly externally e.g. GSK or AstraZeneca) is undertaken between May and September. Students are expected to develop their own research ideas and experimental series in discussion with their supervisor and complete a comprehensive literature review to supplement their work. Results are written up and submitted as a dissertation and presented in an oral presentation at the end of the year.
There are four components of assessment:
Students are assessed by a 3hr written examination (4 essay questions) at the end of the first semester on the two first semester modules ‘Pharmaceutical Analysis’ and ‘Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery’.
Students are assessed at the end of the second semester by a 2hr open book examination on the core module ‘The Process of Drug Discovery and Development’
Students are assessed at the end of the second semester by a 1.5hr examination (2 essay questions) on the core module ‘The Process of Drug Discovery and Development’
Students are assessed at the end of the second semester by a 1.5hr examination (2 essay questions) on the two specialist elective modules that they chose to study in the second semester.
Students whose final overall mark falls on a borderline between pass/fail or pass/distinction may be called to viva with the external examiner and course director
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