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Course summary

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.
Research projects To ensure you graduate well equipped with the necessary research skills for a career in drug discovery you'll undertake an in-depth, full-time research project giving you valuable experimental experience. Recent project examples include:
  • 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.
Career prospects As a Drug Discovery graduate, you’ll be well equipped for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research in medicinal chemistry, biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Recent graduates are working in a range of companies as research scientists, as well as in roles such as process chemist, bioanalytical scientist, and Regulatory Affairs Officer.


Semester 1

  • Techniques for drug discovery
  • Preparation for research project
Plus choose one from:
  • Physiology, pathology and pharmacology
  • Organic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry
Semester 2
  • Same compulsory units as semester 1
  • Plus optional units
  • Research project

Assessment method


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
- Other

Entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Drug Discovery at University of Bath - UCAS