The postgraduate Masters in Science (MSc) programme is taught as either a classic one-year programme or delivered through blended learning on a two-year part-time basis.
The MSc degree teaches how fundamental science is applied to the discovery and development of medicines. The programme was designed and conceived by industry experts in drug discovery and will be delivered and assessed by experts from both industry and the university. This advanced-level academic qualification will provide expert preparation for those who wish to pursue and/or further a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (Ph.D.).
Two factors underpinned the development of this programme: (1) Graduates in pharmacology and related biology degrees require an understanding of how fundamental science learned at university is linked to the design and development of modern medicines. (2) With increasing specialization of pharmaceutical research into zones of expertise, it is difficult for new graduates to gain a full understanding how their work and data fits into the ‘drug discovery process’.
The aims of the programme are:
Produce graduates trained in the processes by which fundamental science is linked to the design and development of modern medicines. Teach students an understanding of the drug discovery process. Provide students with the experience of critically appraising the research questions and techniques that are routine in the workplace. Provide expert preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (Ph.D.).
The course will comprise of 180 credits; intermediate exit awards are available should you not complete the entire course. Applied Pharmacology (30 credits; core) Translational Biology (30 credits; core) Critical Thinking (15 credits; core) Experimental Protocol (15 credits; core) Project Background and Design (15 credits; core) Extended Research Project (60 credits)
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.
Year 2 Neuroscience and Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3) Renal and Cardiovascular Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3) Infectious Disease and Allergy Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3)
Applicants should have: A good degree from a wide range of biological science subjects (e.g. pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, applied biology, molecular biology, biomedical science or similar).