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Course summary

Taught by expert staff with big Pharma Research and Development experience and guest lecturers from industry fostering inquiry and strengthening inter-professional education. Access to unparalleled teaching and research facilities in a new science facility. Blended learning approach to teaching including problem-based learning to develop high-level critical analysis skills, substantial exposure to practical techniques in drug discovery and toxicology, and guaranteed laboratory-based research projects. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details. About the course This programme gives you in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis of drug discovery with a particular emphasis on toxicology, the science behind the safety of drugs. We make full use of our geographical location at the heart of the UK Pharmaceutical industry attracting numerous expert contributions from industry professionals (e.g. GSK, AZ). The course will cover all aspects of new medicine research and development from identifying novel targets through drug screening to clinical trials of candidate medicines. With our excellent facilities, emphasis on practical work, and teaching underpinned by the latest research, you will be qualified for research and development positions in pharmaceutical companies including discovery biology and toxicology, as well as a wide range of other non-laboratory roles in industry. What will I study? The MSc Drug Discovery and Toxicology Course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the drug discovery process and the role of toxicology in developing safe medicines. The programme comprises four taught modules and a project module. In Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology students study the essential aspects of these topics that provide a necessary background for contemporary drug discovery. A focus on immunology reflects the growing understanding of the contribution of this area to disease and hence novel opportunities for drug discovery. The Translational medicine module explores the process of drug discovery with a particular emphasis on translation, developing molecules that will eventually work in human patients as well as in a laboratory. Molecular Medicine explores with the emphasis on recent examples of chemical and biological approaches to developing 21st Century medicines and Contemporary topics in Drug Discovery and Toxicology provides a focus on recent developments in drug safety science. A problem-based learning approach is integral to develop advanced critical analysis and group working skills in students’ on the programme. All students have the opportunity to complete a laboratory based research project in their chosen area of interest ranging across options in toxicology and pharmacology of drug discovery. Currently available projects include: Gastrointestinal pharmacology Angiogenesis Cancer Molecular pharmacology of vascular disease Diabetic Neuropathic pain Parkinson’s Disease Toxicology of new smoking devices Toxicology of novel psychoactive substances

How to apply

International applicants

Applying to Hertfordshire is an easy and quick process and you will receive an applicant ID as soon as you submit your application. Making an application is straight forward, all you need to do is complete one of our regional application forms. We also have local offices are located in India, China, Malaysia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Vietnam, Ghana, Indonesia and Pakistan who are on hand to support applicants throughout the process. Our new start date for International Students for Semester A is 26 October 2020. Your offer letter may state September 2020, however we have delayed our intake to allow applicants more time.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the programme are: A first or second class Honours Degree in Biosciences or Biological Chemistry with a final classification grade of a minimum 55%; or A professional qualification accepted as equivalent to the above; or A qualification in veterinary science, medicine or dentistry; or A first or second class Honours Degree in disciplines other than those described above but where the applicant, in the opinion of the Programme Leader, would benefit from, and succeed on, the programme. In addition, all international students are required to demonstrate an English Language capability of IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band) or equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Fees for Postgraduate Study 2023/24:
Drug Discovery and Toxicology at University of Hertfordshire - UCAS