Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research



Researchers within the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research contribute to several distinguished taught postgraduate courses at UCL.
Pouring liquid into a flask, surrounded by chemical equations

MSc Drug Design

Drug design is an integral part of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Explore rapid changes in traditional drug discovery.

Conical flask containing green liquid by a microscope

MRes Drug Design

This MRes is designed for research-oriented students in Drug Design. Learn from a team conducting cutting-edge research within the drug industries.

Virus cell under a microscope

MSc Precision Medicine

Gain a mechanistic understanding of disease and the technologies that detect, diagnose and specifically treat causal factors of disease.

Postgraduate research

We provide a supportive training environment for the next generation of postgraduate researchers. There are usually 20-30 postgraduate students at the WIBR working towards a PhD, MD(Res) or MBPhD award.

Our strengths fall within the approaches we use to underpin research in biological function, development, and disease processes.

WIBR postgraduate students have a full-time postgraduate tutor for mentoring and pastoral care. You will usually meet every month to discuss student-related issues, hold informal student research seminars, and listen to speakers invited by the students.


Researcher in white coat examines a sample


Maximilian Liedtke

With the help of the course director, Maximilian Liedtke overcame the challenges of a late start to the MSc Drug Design degree to shatter boundaries and eventually become a Dean's Prize winner.

Maximilian's story

Lyubo Kotopanov

Technology-driven Lyubomir Kotopanov learned how to use software to design new medicines and how to speed up the drug discovery process using machine learning on our MSc Drug Design.

Lyubo's story

Students from Wolfson-instructed programmes at the UCL Cancer Institute

Industry support


Our industrial collaborators give us insightful lectures, offer us research projects, and teaching software licenses. 


We are grateful for the permissions to use the following commercial and academic software, databases and programmes. Bring a working laptop of your choice to UCL.


  • BioEdit - Biological sequence alignment editor
  • PyMOL - Open-source molecular graphics visualisation, PyMOL examples
  • RasMol - Molecular graphics visualisation
  • Swiss-Pdb Viewer - PDB viewer


Molecular Modeling/Cheminformatics


Reading materials

Please do not feel obliged to buy all these books. Together, they will be expensive. You can find some of these in the UCL Library.

Drug Discovery
Structural biology
  • Protein Structure and Function (Primers in Biology), Petsko et al.
Cheminformatics / modelling of drugs
  • An Introduction to Chemoinformatics
  • An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Drugs (New Chemistry)
Biological molecules as therapies
  • Computational Structural Biology: Methods And Applications
Biology of drug discovery programmes
Target selection