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Drug Design MSc

This MSc offers a comprehensive guide to all aspects of modern day drug design. It is taught by research scientists, clinicians and industry experts. Around 60% of our past graduates have progressed to obtain PhD's or Medical Studentships, or have found employment in both the private and public sector.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 3 years
  • Distance learning: available

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,950 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,760 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

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.

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Degree Information

The programme covers all aspects of drug design, including genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, cheminformatics, molecular modelling and fragment based drug design, drug target selection, intellectual property and marketing. New therapies and research areas such as antibodies, siRNA, stem cells and high throughput screening are covered. Students will develop essential skills such as research methods and techniques of drug design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
  • Target Identification and High Throughput Screening
  • Cheminformatics and Computer Drug Design
  • Biological Molecules as Therapeutics - Antibodies, siRNA, and Stem Cells
  • Biophysical Screening Methods, Protein NMR and Phenotypic Screening
  • Fragment Based Drug Design (FBDD)
  • Target Selection - Scientific Grounds
  • Target Selection - Commercial and Intellectual Property

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which can take the form of a literature project, wet lab/computer modelling based project or an external project with an industrial sponsor.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self study, practical sessions and discussion groups. The research project forms one third of the programme. Each of the taught modules is assessed by unseen written examination (50%) and coursework (50%). The research project is assessed by the dissertation and viva.

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

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

The programme will provide a good background for students looking to establish a career in drug design/discovery and related industries (Biotech, Pharma, National research labs and NHS agencies), and for industry professionals seeking to gain a greater understanding of new methodology. The knowledge and transferable skills delivered will also be useful for those intending further PhD or medical studies.

Employability

Graduates from this programme have progressed to PhD/Medical Studentships at different universities and research institutes around the world, including Oxford, UCL, Grenoble, EMBL, USA and China. Many alumni have secure positions in research teaching and technical sales in the private and public sectors.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is rated in the World's top ten universities in the THE-QS 2013 rankings and is located in the centre of one of the world's finest cities. UCL is one of Europe's best and largest centres for biomedical research.

At The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, we have pioneered multi-disciplinary research with a particular emphasis on translating that research into useful clinical benefit. Our research expertise includes: Medicinal chemistry, Computational drug design, Neuronal development and signalling, Cell cycle control, Intensive care medicine, Stem cells, Mitochondrial biology and Cancer.

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 MSc is suitable for life science graduates in biological sciences, chemical sciences and pharmacy who wish to obtain a broad understanding of the drug design process, either to establish a career in drug design and related industries, or to pursue further PhD or medical studies in this field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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 this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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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