Developed in consultation with industry experts, this course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology who are looking to move into the exciting field of drug development. 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 follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to gain a strong background in both disciplines, strengthening your subject-related and practical skills appropriate to your career aspirations. You'll benefit from the expertise of leading academics from both the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry, ensuring your teaching covers the latest developments in these fields. Course highlights
- Study at a Top 10 University, on a course developed in consultation with industry experts to ensure you graduate with the specific science skills sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.
- Benefit from the expertise of leading academics from the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Life Sciences, ensuring your teaching covers the latest developments in medicinal chemistry, biosciences and pharmacology.
- The opportunity to study optional units tailored to your specific areas of interest.
- A dedicated Personal Tutor who you can go to for academic and non-academic support.
- Design and synthesis of novel I2 imidazoline receptor ligands.
- Role of extracellular vesicles in aggressive medulloblastoma.
- Synthesis and enzyme kinetics testing of acyl-CoA thioester derivatives of fibrates.
- Techniques for drug discovery
- Preparation for research project
- Physiology, pathology and pharmacology
- Organic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry
- Same compulsory units as semester 1
- Plus optional units
- Research project
- Laboratory sessions
- Online resources
- Multiple choice examination
- Online assessment
- Practical work
- Written examination
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.
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Fees and funding
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