Natural Product Drug Discovery at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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Overview Natural products possess enormous structural and chemical diversity that cannot be matched by synthetic molecules. They are an incredibly important source of biologically active compounds for both human healthcare and agriculture, and recent technological advances mean that their application can now be fully explored. This Master’s course in Natural Product Drug Discovery will equip you with theoretical and practical knowledge in the science of natural product discovery, from microorganisms to plants and animals. Your studies will include nutraceuticals and herbal extracts, antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance and the major human diseases. We place an emphasis on translational research and the drug discovery process, taking natural products from bench to bedside. And you’ll gain a thorough cross-disciplinary grounding with a unique mix of organic chemistry, pharmacology, phytochemistry and microbiology; ideal preparation for a research-based career, taking theoretical knowledge through to practical application. About This Course On our one-year Master’s programme, studying with academic and industrial experts who are currently active in natural product research and drug discovery, you'll gain the key skills, and discover the latest cutting-edge methods, in natural product discovery. Your learning will combine lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals, as well as an independent research project and self-guided study. Our expert team is based across the Norwich Research Park, including the School of Pharmacy and the John Innes Centre. Guest speakers from the pharmaceutical and biotech sector will also present sessions covering topics such as the industrial applications of natural product research. In your first semester, you’ll gain a solid theoretical foundation in all aspects of the subject, including the modern drug discovery process and the targeting of human diseases, natural product isolation and bioassays, metabolomics and synthetic biology for engineered biosynthesis. In your second semester, you’ll put the theory into practice, designing, executing and interpreting your own experiments using the very latest methods and technologies. All of which will culminate in your hands-on, laboratory-based Master’s research project, which you'll deliver with the expert guidance of a member of staff. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Entry requirements

DEGREE CLASSIFICATION Bachelors degree - 2.1 or equivalent DEGREE SUBJECT Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or a related subject

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with minimum 6.0 in Writing and Speaking and 5.5 in Listening and Reading

English Foreign Language: Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):   Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date. We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £13400 Whole course
England £13400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £13400 Whole course
Scotland £13400 Whole course
Wales £13400 Whole course
International £27300 Whole course

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Natural Product Drug Discovery at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS