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Drug Design MRes

This new programme from the UCL Division of Medicine and Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research will complement UCL's existing Drug Design MSc and is designed for the more research-oriented student. Conducting cutting-edge research within the drug industries and UCL's academic group, offers opportunities for networking and future career development.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
15 August 2015

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (for example, life sciences, medicine, chemistry) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate professional qualification, or a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

This new programme teaches students the latest methodologies and approaches and covers all aspects of drug design – drug discovery, computational and structural biology, screening, assay development, medicinal chemistry, and most importantly the industrial practices involved in modern drug design technology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five taught modules (75 credits), and a dissertation/report (105 credits).

Core Modules

  • Students will select three from the following Drug Design MSc modules:
  • Bioinformatics and Structural Biology as applied to Drug Design
  • Biological Molecules as Therapeutics
  • Biophysical Screening Methods, X-ray Crystallography, Protein NMR and Phenotypic Screening
  • Cheminformatics and Modelling for Drug Design
  • Fragment-based Drug Design
  • Target Selection – Commercial and Intellectual Property Aspects
  • Target Selection – Scientific Grounds
  • Plus two taught transferable skills modules delivered by CALT (UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching):
  • Investigating Research; Researcher Professional Development

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and problem classes, critical journal clubs and a research project. Assessment is through coursework, practicals, laboratory work, examination, dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Drug Design MRes

Funding

Two bursaries of £2500 are available for Home/Eu students to reduce tuition fees.

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

The first cohort of students on the Drug Design MRes are due to graduate in 2015, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. However, as an indication, graduates of the Drug Design MSc have been accepted for PhD study as well as finding jobs in industry. We expect students graduating from this programme to take leading roles in drug discovery and development worldwide or to undertake further PhD-level research.

Employability

The advanced knowledge and skill set acquired by taking this programme will enable students to find employment in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in a global market.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The division hosts a diversity of research groups in the areas of medicine, pharmaceutical research, cell cycle, neurobiology, mitochondrial function, stem cells and cancer. Underpinning the translational aspects of the biomedical research, we have a medicinal chemistry group which conducts research where chemistry and biology intersect, using the latest techniques and developing new ones for the study of biological systems.

The division also collaborates extensively within industry and academia to develop biological tools and therapeutic agents. There are plenty of opportunities to conduct translational research that has an impact on drug discovery.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies, well established in the West, have been transferring their research and development to the East. Given these substantial developments, particularly in China and India, the programme will have a broad international appeal.

Student / staff ratios › 289 staff › 74 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Division of Medicine

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

This MRes is ideal for suitably qualified graduates who wish to obtain a broad understanding of the drug design process, either to establish a career in drug discovery, or to undertake further research in this field. It is also suitable for industry professionals wishing to refresh their existing knowledge and skills and become familiar with cutting-edge research and developments.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-15

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Drug Design at graduate level
  • why you want to study Drug Design at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.

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