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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,050
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,050

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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


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

Core Modules

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development I
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development II

Options

  • Students choose two from the following four options:
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Pharmacogenics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure-based Drug Design

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:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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 UCL School of Pharmacy
  • 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 biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Michael Munday

T: +44 (0)20 7753 5831

W: Pharmacy

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