Applied Drug Discovery, MSc

Applied Drug Discovery, MSc

This programme is taught as either a classic one-year programme, or delivered through blended e-learning on a two-year part-time basis.

The degree builds on Pfizer Ltd's 'in house' training programme. It teaches how fundamental science is applied to the discovery and development of medicines. The programme was designed and conceived by industry experts in drug discovery and will be delivered and assessed by subject matter experts from both industry and the university.

The course will comprise of 60 credits at certificate level, 60 credits at diploma level and 60 credits at Master's level; and as such intermediate exit awards are available.

For those students based overseas not wishing to participate in a laboratory-based research project at Medway School of Pharmacy the Extended Dissertation module (at Masters level) is compulsory. Please contact the Department for more details.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To produce graduates trained in the processes by which fundamental science is linked to the design and development of modern medicines
  • To teach students an understanding of the drug discovery process
  • To provide students with the experience of critically appraising the research questions and techniques that are routine in the workplace
  • To provide expert preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (PhD).

Department

Medway School of Pharmacy

Location

Medway Campus

Attendance

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (distance learning)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A good degree from a wide range of biological science subjects (e.g. pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, applied biology, molecular biology, biomedical science or similar).

Assessment

We appreciate that some students do not perform well in the traditional exam setting and consequently we use a range of assessment techniques. Assessment techniques include: written assignments, reports, portfolio entries, short essays, analysis of case studies, and multiple choice questions.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for professional recognition from the Society of Biology.

Career options

This advanced-level academic qualification will provide expert preparation for students who wish to pursue and/or further a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (PhD).

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Distance learning

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Chemical, Pharm. & Life Sci.

From forensic science and chemistry to pharmaceutical science and human nutrition. Whatever you choose to study you will be taught by experienced staff in state-of-the-art labs and gain important skills.

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