Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 3 years
- Distance learning: available
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,310 (FT) £N/A (PT)
- £23,440 (FT) £N/A (PT)
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.
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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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) and a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) are also offered.
- 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
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
- £2,500 (1 year)
- UK, EU students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 laboratories 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 intent on further PhD or medical studies.
Graduates from this programme have progressed to PhD/medical studentships at different universities and research institutes around the world, including Oxford, UCL, Grenoble, EMBL, and in the USA and China. Many alumni have secured positions in research teaching and technical sales in the private and public sectors.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is listed among the top five universities in the TImes Higher Education QS World University Rankings 2014/15 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 › 295 staff including 84 postdocs › 74 taught students › 191 research students
Department: Division of Medicine
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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