Drug Discovery and Pharma Management MSc


This exciting new programme has been introduced as a spin-off from the very successful Drug Discovery MSc in response to the increasing opportunities which now exist for research scientists who can evaluate the business potential of their science as well as generate the science itself.


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?

This MSc contains the science core of the Drug Discovery MSc and combines a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process with specialisation in management training and awareness, and strategic partnering and business development skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Pharma Management component of this MSc is led by Dr Nigel Ratcliffe, formerly Vice-President for regulatory and commerical affairs at Astra Zeneca.

Students visit a leading research laboratory e.g. GlaxoSmithKline to look at computer-based molecular modelling, how physico-chemical properties are determined, the robotic compound library, and high throughput screening. The visit is supplemented by material and instruction and the discovery process of a drug will be worked through in detail.

Students attend a one-day research conference on an aspect of drug discovery and development organised by the Society for Medicines Research where there is opportunity to interact with leading industrialists and researchers in the field.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 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
  • Pharma Management I
  • Pharma Management II

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a business development project based on an aspect of science from drug discovery either at the UCL School of Pharmacy or in industry.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The business development project is by written report and oral presentation to the class and a judging panel of scientists and managers.

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 in science-based subjects who wish to combine a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry with a management or business development role

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 Pharma Management
  • why you want to study Drug Discovery and Pharma Management 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 Discovery and Pharma Management MSc will progress on to careers in the varous 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

Department

Pharmacy

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