The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
at the Cruciform Building

Drug Design | MSc, MRes| University College London

*Open for application September 2014*

Dr Edith Chan
+44 (0)20 7679 6710

The post genomics era has brought a basic change in traditional drug discovery. This programme reflects the rapid changes in this subject in the last few years.

Students will investigate the approaches and methods of modern drug design and discovery, particularly how to manage the diversity and wealth of the emerging knowledge in this area.

The programme is taught by research scientists, clinicians and feature a series of "cutting edge" lectures by industry experts.

Why study at UCL?

UCL (University College London) is rated the World’s 4th best university in the THE-QS 2009 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 include:

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Computational drug design
  • Neuronal development and signaling
  • Cell cycle control
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Stem cells
  • Mitochondrial biology
  • Cancer

Who is the Drug Design course designed for?

This degree programme is suitable for life science graduates in biological sciences, chemical sciences and pharmacy. Students will obtain a broad understanding of the drug design process. The degree programme will provide a good background for students looking to establish a career in drug design/discovery and related industries, 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. This degree programme requires a full study commitment.

Aims and objectives of the course

This programme of study is available full time for one year. Major aspects are:

  • Understanding of all aspects of drug design concepts: genomics , bioinformatics, drug target selection, structural biology, molecular modeling, intellectual property and marketing.
  • The development of essential skills: Research approaches, methods, and techniques of modern drug design.
  • Understanding of the industrial practices of modern drug design technologies.
  • Providing an introduction to growth areas in drug design research, such as siRNA, stem cells, high throughput screening and scientific workflows.
  • The syllabus may change every year, partly reflected by the Industrial trends.
  • Research project gives students the opportunity to engage in original research and to aid their development as independent researchers.
  • Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, tutorial and practical sessions in a dedicated teaching room. Standard industrial and renowned academic softwares/databases will be used in tutorial and practical sessions.
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.

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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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