Drug Discovery MSc

1 year, starting in September 2018

Gain knowledge and practical skills in drug discovery science from target identification through to getting a drug to market.

This course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology. You will become familiar with a range of concepts and research techniques in drug discovery including target identification and validation, screening platforms, optimisation of small molecule drugs and biotherapeutics, and the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Depending on your undergraduate degree, you will also follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to build up your practical skills and gain a strong background in both disciplines.

You’ll be taught by academics from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry, benefitting from the expertise of both departments.

The course has been developed in consultation with industry experts, so you will graduate with the core science skills that are highly sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.

You'll gain the knowledge and practical skills for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research at the interface of chemistry, biology and pharmacology.

Register for our live online webinar on Tuesday 9 January to find out more about this course.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Track A: biology for chemists or Track B: chemistry for biologists
  • Techniques in drug discovery
  • Preparation for research project

Semester 2

  • Track A: biology for chemists or Track B: chemistry for biologists (continued)
  • Techniques in drug discovery (continued)
  • Preparation for research project (continued)
  • Plus optional units

Summer

  • Research project

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other
“Knowledge is great, but being able to apply it is even greater.”
John Westwick

Professor of Pharmacology and Industry Expert (2017)

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

China qualifications

A four year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

France qualifications

A licence, diplôme d'ingénieur or a maîtrise with a final overall score of at least 14 out of 20 (bien).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Greece qualifications

A university bachelor's degree (Ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 - 7.5 out of 10 depending upon the institution attended.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Italy qualifications

A laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Spain qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.0 (notable).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Ghana qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least B (Good, GPA 3.5 or 60%).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

India qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Kenya qualifications

A bachelor's honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Nigeria qualifications

A bachelor's honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Pakistan qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree from a high ranked (HEC) university with a final overall result of at least a First Class (Divison 1).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Saudi Arabia qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 75% (GPA of at least 3.5 out of 5.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Tanzania qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least an upper second (very good or a GPA 3.5).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

United States of America qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 2.8 out of 4.0 (B).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Cyprus qualifications

A bachelor degree (Ptychio) with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Egypt qualifications

A bachelor’s degree awarded by a university with an overall score of at least 75% (very good).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Malaysia qualifications

A bachelor degree with an overall final result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Mexico qualifications

A Título de Licenciado or Título (Profesional) de (subject area) with a final overall result of least 8 out of 10.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Hong Kong qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B or 2:1).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Turkey qualifications

A Lisans Diplomasi with a final overall GPA of at least 2.8-3.0 depending on the institution you have attended.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

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Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.http://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/faculty-of-science-taught-postgraduate-tuition-fees-2018-19/.

Extra costs

You may need to purchase your own laboratory coat and safety spectacles for an approximate cost of £25.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Drug Discovery
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    TDUPA-DD01
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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