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Dr Michael Munday

Email: sop.pharmacy@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5831

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£17,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

School of Pharmacy

Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Drug Discovery and Development MSc

This programme provides a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process and is designed for graduates in science-based subjects as preparation for either PhD-level research or a career in the pharmaceutical industry or with a government regulatory body.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

You will gain hands-on experience of molecular modelling and computer-based drug design, and analytical and synthetic techniques and be exposed to modern platforms for drug discovery and methods of drug synthesis.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Lectures and seminars from industry-based scientists and visits to industrial and biotechnological research laboratories are key features of this programme.

Our graduates include international students from 24 different countries

The programme covers marketing, licensing and the regulatory affairs that form an integral part of the development process

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Discovery
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development I
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development II

Options

  • Students choose two from the following five options:
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Biomarkers and Clinical Diagnostics
  • Advanced Structure-based Drug Design
  • Pharma Management I

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a laboratory-based research project which is assessed at the end of the year by a written report and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars supported by the Blackboard e-learning system and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related subject such as pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, material sciences, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 16 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship fundng (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for graduates who have completed first degrees in a wide range of science subjects and wish to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or enter into research.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Drug Discovery and Development
  • why you want to study Drug Discovery and Development at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Students who complete the Drug Delivery and Development MSc will progress on to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnolocy industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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