The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
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Drug Design | MSc, MRes| University College London

Graduate views and what they are doing now

Dr Edith Chan
+44 (0)20 7679 6710

PhD studentship
  • Oxford University
  • UCL
  • Imperial College
  • Southampton
  • Europe
  • SEMM European School of Molecular Medicine, University of Milan, Italy
  • Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France
  • TUM - Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Pier Helmholtz Graduate School, Hamburg, Germany
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
  • University of Würzburg, Germany
  • USA and others
  • Univeristy of Kanas, USA
  • Fudan University, China
  • Jobs in Industry, Commerical, Academic
  • Cheminformatian, AstraZeneca, UK
  • Database Administrator, ACM Global, UK
  • Account Manager, Genesis Medical, UK
  • Sales Engineer , COMSOL, UK
  • Business development, DSGI, UK
  • Teaching positions, Universities, UK

  • Georgia Denning
    Yr 2011
    Cheminformatian at AstraZeneca
    Having studied for a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter I found that I was intrigued by the evolution and treatment of disease and the modules studied during the MSc in Drug Design at UCL gave me a fantastic opportunity to delve further into the drug discovery process.

    The broad range of topics covered during the course gave me an intricate understanding of all aspects of drug discovery, consisting of a range of cutting edge skills and techniques in molecular modelling and chemoinformatics to bioinformatics and even evaluation of patenting within the pharmaceutical industry. These skills are reinforced with an even greater theoretical knowledge via the modules studied, with lectures being delivered from leading experts in their fields whether that be academia or industry.

    This course sets you up with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding that is essential to break into the world of pharma, I personally found myself drawn to the fast paced environment of industry and with much thanks due to the MSc in Drug Design at UCL I now work as a chemoinformatician for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies.


    Lorcan Browne
    Yr 2011
    PhD studentship at UCL, UK
    My background was primarily Organic Chemistry, but I was more interested in pursuing the Medicinal side of chemistry so the MSc in Drug design provided a great oppurtunity to devolop my knowledge and skills in this area. I chose UCL for its great reputation and for its role as one of the top research colleges in Europe.

    The course itself exposed me to a range of techniques and skills; including the use of Molecular Modelling software and Statistical analysis programmes. It also delivering a broad range of lecture topics; from stem cell research and pharmacogenomics to X-ray crystallography and NMR, from both lectures in UCL and experts from industry.

    I plan to continue on to do a PhD and feel that this master provides a comprehensive background in many of the tools and techniques that are employed at the frontier of research today.


    Sami Jaffar
    Yr 2011
    PhD studentship at Oxford University, UK
    Having read a first degree in Chemistry, the MSc in Drug Design at UCL was a fantastic opportunity to equip myself with the cutting-edge techniques that drive innovation at the forefront of Big Pharma and Biotech.

    The comprehensive nature of the course allowed me to develop in-depth knowledge of aspects essential to Drug Discovery & Design. Modules covering Fragment Based Drug Design, Molecular Modelling and Cheminformatics were especially interesting, with specialist lectures being delivered by leading speakers from academia and industry, such as GSK, Cresset & Astex Pharmaceuticals – providing an invaluable insight into current industry opinion.

    I believe the MSc Drug Design at UCL is essential for anyone looking to gain entry into a career in Pharma or Academia. It certainly sets you apart from the 'crowd'.

    Key facts

    Duration: 1 year full time or 2-5 years for flexible distance learning.
    Distance Learning students click here for more information.

    MRes Drug Design students click here

    Start: Every September

    Entry requirements: Minimum of second-class Honours degree.

    Click here for more information on entry requirements and term dates.

    Course Credit value: UK 180/ECTS 90

    Job prospects include: Biotech, Pharma, National research laboratories, NHS agencies, Medicinal Chemist, Biologist, Structural Biologist, Cheminformatian, Bioinformatian, Molecular Modeler, Information Specialist, Patent/ IP/ Knowledge Analyst.



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