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Our MSc Model-based Drug Development course provides the knowledge and skills for making evidence-based decisions at various stages of drug development. Read more

Our MSc Model-based Drug Development course provides the knowledge and skills for making evidence-based decisions at various stages of drug development.

It covers the scientific and regulatory aspects of evaluating a drug, with emphasis on the use of modelling and simulation methods. You will learn why these methods are so highly valued by industry and regulatory authorities as effective, cost-saving, decision-making tools. Learning is reinforced via hands-on application of the skills to real data.

The course has been developed with an emphasis on mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PKPD), such as physiologically-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) .

As this comes under the general umbrella of systems biology, you will be able to apply your knowledge of modelling and simulation in various areas of research within the pharmaceutical industry.

Full-time students benefit from immersion in the varied biomedical research environment at The University of Manchester, including interaction with research staff at the renowned Centre for Applied Pharmacokinetic Research .

Alternatively, part-time students already working in the pharmaceutical industry can take advantage of the flexible, distance learning mode of the course, which allows you to fit study around other commitments.

Aims

The aim of the course is to provide specialist knowledge and skills that are highly relevant for a career linked to drug development and pharmaceutical industry.

It is designed for science, engineering or mathematics graduates who want to acquire:

  • awareness of the commercial and regulatory factors in drug development;
  • understanding of the physiological, chemical, and mathematical foundations used to define the safe and effective use of potential medicines;
  • training in the use of mathematical modelling and simulation methods to guide drug development.

The course aims to:

  • provide background information on the theory and methods for quantitative assessment of drug absorption, distribution and elimination;
  • provide an understanding of the role of pharmacometrics in the process of drug development;
  • provide background information on in vitro assays used to characterise ADME properties of new drug entities;
  • indicate the mathematical framework that is capable of integrating in vitro information with knowledge of the human body to predict pharmacokinetics;
  • provide familiarity and experience of using different software platforms related to pharmacometric data analysis including R, Phoenix, NONMEM, MATLAB, Simcyp, WinBUGS and MONOLIX;
  • equip you to reflect upon influential research publications in the field, to critically assess recent published literature in a specific area;
  • provide awareness of the elements of a convincing research proposal based on modelling and simulation;
  • provide the opportunity to undertake a project and carry out original research.

Special features

Distance learning option

Our distance learning option is ideal for scientists linked to the pharmaceutical industry who wish to expand their expertise while working in the industry.

Full-time mode

The full-time mode allows suitably trained mathematics, science or engineering graduates to focus on obtaining the advanced skills needed for a career in this area. We utilise a blended learning approach in which online learning content is supported by regular face-to-face contact with tutors.

Hands-on learning

Your learning will be reinforced over the duration of the course via hands-on application of your skills to real data.

Additional course information

The course focuses on the following topics.

  • Pharmacokinetics: addressing how a drug dose is administered to the body and the fate of drug molecules that enter the body.
  • Pharmacodynamics: addressing the chemical and physiological response of the body to drug.
  • Pharmacometrics: the science that quantifies drug, disease and trial information to aid efficient drug development and/or regulatory decisions (definition used by the US FDA).
  • Systems pharmacology: analysis of interactions between drug and a biological system, using mathematical models.
  • In vitro: in vivo extrapolation using physiologically based pharmacokinetic models (IVIVE-PBPK).

Teaching and learning

The course emphasises the development of problem-solving skills. A large portion of the learning involves structured problems requiring you to apply theory and practical skills to solve typical problems that arise in drug development.

The following teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course:

  • taught lectures;
  • hands-on workshops;
  • self-directed learning to solve given problems;
  • webinars and tutorials by leading scientists in industry/academia;
  • supervised research;
  • mentorship in solving problems and writing the research dissertation;
  • independent study.

Coursework and assessment

We assess your achievement of the learning outcomes for this course through:

  • unit assignments (submitted electronically);
  • unit examinations;
  • research project dissertation and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

This course was originally developed for scientists working within the pharmaceutical industry who wished to qualify as modellers with hands-on experience. The qualification will enhance your abilities within your current role or provide you with skills to progress into new posts.

The course is also appropriate for science and engineering graduates who wish to enter the industry. The role of modelling and simulation or pharmacometrics is assuming greater and greater importance in the pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmaceutical companies and government regulatory agencies are recognising its value in making best use of laboratory and clinical data, guiding and expediting development and saving time and costs.

A range of well-paid jobs exist in this area across the globe. Scientific and industry publications often discuss the current shortage and growing need for modellers.



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This programme provides a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process and is designed for graduates in science-based subjects as preparation for either PhD-level research or a career in the pharmaceutical industry or with a government regulatory body. Read more

This programme provides a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process and is designed for graduates in science-based subjects as preparation for either PhD-level research or a career in the pharmaceutical industry or with a government regulatory body.

About this degree

You will gain hands-on experience of molecular modelling and computer-based drug design, and analytical and synthetic techniques and be exposed to modern platforms for drug discovery and methods of drug synthesis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development I
  • The Process of Drug Discovery and Development II

Optional modules

Students choose two from the following:

  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Pharmacogenics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure-based Drug Design

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a laboratory-based research project which is assessed at the end of the year by a written report and oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars supported by the Blackboard e-learning system and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Discovery and Development MSc

Careers

Students who complete the Drug Delivery and Development MSc will progress to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Medicinal Chemistry, UCL

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Lectures and seminars from industry-based scientists and visits to industrial and biotechnological research laboratories are key features of this programme.

Our graduates include international students from 24 different countries

The programme covers marketing, licensing and the regulatory affairs that form an integral part of the development process

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics). Read more
This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics).

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of your chosen area of pharmacy, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

These courses are primarily designed to prepare you for an academic or industrial career in the relevant area. You may be a scientist already working within the pharmaceutical industry or a recent science graduate.

You will undertake a variety of compulsory modules and a research project. This project will last approximately four months and you will work under the supervision of recognised experts in their field. The project allows you to undertake a detailed investigation and develop practical expertise in a specialist pharmaceutical sciences area. The University also has strong links with numerous pharmaceutical companies - there may be the opportunity to undertake your project in collaboration with one of these companies.

You will gain an overview of the drug development process from concept to market, gaining hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery.

What you will study

All students studying one of our three pharmacy MSc courses will take the following core modules:
-Research Methods 1: Professional Development
-Research Methods 2: Communication Skills
-Research Project
-Drug Discovery

Depending upon the course you chose, you will also undertake the following modules:
-Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
-Drug Dosage Form & Design
-Principles of Product Analysis and Validation
-Drug Delivery and Targeting

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in the 2017 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy excellent links with the profession. In addition, our research profile ensures relevant, expertise-led teaching for the students who enrol onto our courses each year. We have a long history of proving sector-leading courses - did you know that Aston Pharmacy School can trace its roots back to 1841?

You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

Our courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

Your future career prospects

Graduates from our MSc programmes have taken up careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry in various disciplines such as analytical sciences, formulation development and project management. Our programmes provide the wider context and practical laboratory experience for pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduates have entered roles such as:
-Assistant Lecturer, University of Sulaimaniyah
-Associate Product Manager, AstraZeneca
-Business Development Manager, Crete Designs Limited
-Clinical Technician / Worker, Bridgewater Hospital
-Compound Technician, Sterling Pharmaceuticals
-Drug Designer, Unspecified Drug Company
-Drug Safety Specialist, PPD
-Drug Store Manager, Qaiwan group company
-Inhalation R & D Analyst, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5)
-Lecturer, University of Lagos, Nigeria
-Locum Pharmacist, various
-Molecular Modeller / Community Pharmacist, Verax Care Pharmacy
-OSD Technologist, GSK
-Pharma Benefit Associate, UnitedHealth Group
-Pharmacist, Government of India
-Pharmacist, Kerbala University
-Pharmacologist, Unspecified
-PhD Research Scholar, NIRMA University
-Recruitment Consultant, SRG
-Regulatory affairs trainee, PharmaLeaf India Pvt Ltd
-Research assistant, University of Leeds
-Research Scientist, Pluss Polymers
-Research Scientist, Wintean
-Researcher, Sunny Pharmtech Inc.
-Sales Relationship Coordinator, Wesley Assurance Society
-Science Teacher, Perry Beeches School
-Senior Regulatory officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals

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The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. Read more
The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. This is essential to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical biotechnology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course also encompasses an emerging area of science that is known as ‘Translational Medicine’ and needs a new breed of Pharmacologist who can apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, management and data analysis, and who understands the legislation and other regulatory procedures surrounding disease treatment.

The course will also cover relevant biotechnical innovations associated with pharmacology and drug discovery, as well as both classical clinical trial design and health-outcomes research.

Our course is designed to provide such specialists by applying basic and clinical science to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, supported by our excellent staff, research expertise and laboratory facilities.

The MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry
-Emphasis on vocational skills development
-Excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in extensive and varied health industry
-Hands-on experience of a wide range of research methods in well-equipped laboratories
-Innovative curriculum combining basic and clinical sciences
-High levels of employability on graduation

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The pharmacology and drug discovery postgraduate programme is composed of a combination of modules depending on whether you undertake the PgDip or Masters programme of study and includes the following:
-Research methods and project
-Pharmaceutical discoveries
-Advanced pharmacology and drug discovery and development
-Genomes and DNA technology
-Biotechnology in the diagnosis of disease
-Current topics in biotechnology and drug discovery

The course is designed for a national and international audience.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST088), or the professional experience modules, giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The PgDip/MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery programme is specifically designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the Pharmacology and drug development arena and there are many opportunities, both the UK and internationally.

A large number of Pharmacologists are employed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in discovering and developing drugs and carrying out clinical trials. Pharmacologists may also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects.

There are also opportunities within government laboratories (including environmental agencies), charity-funded research organisations, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), and with other research institutes. The scientific knowledge and skills students will acquire during the course can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services, regulatory affairs or sales and marketing.

A wide range of job opportunities exist, including:
-Clinical research manager
-Clinical scientist
-Human resources manager
-Patent attorney
-Pharmacologist
-Project manager/director
-Public relations officer
-Regulatory affairs associate
-Research scientist
-Sales representative
-Medical writer

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This exciting new programme has been introduced as a spin-off from the very successful Drug Discovery MSc in response to the increasing opportunities which now exist for research scientists who can evaluate the business potential of their science as well as generate the science itself. Read more

This exciting new programme has been introduced as a spin-off from the very successful Drug Discovery MSc in response to the increasing opportunities which now exist for research scientists who can evaluate the business potential of their science as well as generate the science itself.

About this degree

This MSc contains the science core of the Pharmaceutics MSc and combines a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process with specialisation in management training and awareness, and strategic partnering and business development skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • The Process of Drug Discovery
  • The Process of Drug Development
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Pharma Management

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a business development project based on an aspect of science from drug discovery either at the UCL School of Pharmacy or in industry.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The business development project is by written report and oral presentation to the class and a judging panel of scientists and managers.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Discovery and Pharma Management MSc

Careers

Students who complete the Drug Discovery and Pharma Management MSc will progress to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Research Associate, Qualitis
  • Consultant, Prescient Healthcare Group
  • Data Analyst, ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry)
  • International Clinical Trial Co-ordinator, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • MRes in Molecular Plant and Microbioscience, Imperial College London

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Pharma Management component of this MSc is led by Dr Nigel Ratcliffe, formerly Vice-President for regulatory and commercial affairs at Astra Zeneca.

Students visit a leading research laboratory e.g. GlaxoSmithKline to look at computer-based molecular modelling, how physico-chemical properties are determined, the robotic compound library, and high throughput screening. The visit is supplemented by material and instruction and the discovery process of a drug will be worked through in detail.

Students attend a one-day research conference on an aspect of drug discovery and development organised by the Society for Medicines Research where there is opportunity to interact with leading industrialists and researchers in the field.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Our pioneering two-year MSc programme is unique in the UK, and builds on the foundations of our very successful one-year programme in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, and industry standard training. . Read more

Our pioneering two-year MSc programme is unique in the UK, and builds on the foundations of our very successful one-year programme in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, and industry standard training. 

The course is designed to develop graduates who have exceptional scientific understanding and a host of transferable skills, including leadership skills. It is therefore especially recommended to high-achieving and ambitious students seeking an opportunity to gain extensive hands-on training in an industrial environment, working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The course blends the two fundamental disciplines underpinning drug discovery and provides students with the opportunity to practise background theory within the productive, research-led environments offered by the School of Pharmacy. This school has world-leading expertise in the areas of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science, and students on this course will have the chance to learn directly from staff at the forefront of the field.

The course is technology-rich, using online learning packages to supplement face-to-face teaching and innovative assessment methods.

The second year of the course has been developed in conjunction with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure currency and relevance, and to increase the future employability of graduates. Our aim is to train future leaders in the pharmaceutical sector.

The placement year with one of our industrial partners is arranged and guaranteed upon completion of a successful application and interview process. You will pay reduced tuition fees for the second year of the course, as you focus on your industrial training.

Due to limited places available, students who are unable to join the two-year programme will automatically be considered for our Royal Society of Chemistry accredited one-year programme, which includes the same disciplines underpinning drug discovery and research-led environment in which to practise the theory. 

The overall aim of the MSc is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the area of Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Science. The overall drug discovery process from ‘concept to clinic’ provides the reference point for the education and training delivered in the more specific scientific and regulatory aspects.

Students will, therefore, be able to develop an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas housed within the arena of drug discovery. In addition, upon completing the degree students will be able to make effective use of electronic communication and information search and retrieval to facilitate development of key critical skills with which to assess and analyse a broad array of scientific literature.

When taken together, the ethos of the programme is therefore to:

  • Instil, develop and encourage an independent approach to learning, through initiative and self-motivation
  • Provide the education and training required to become a translational scientist; with pertinent knowledge of basic and clinical science that can be applied to drug discovery and development
  • Instil a critical understanding of disease/disorder biology and how it impacts upon human health
  • Provide the necessary knowledge of chosen areas of normal and abnormal pharmacology and bodily function to equip the student with an understanding of how and why drugs are either rejected or taken forward for future development.
  • Present physicochemical and pharmacological principles alongside the regulatory processes necessary for new medicine discovery and entry into the clinic
  • Contextualise this knowledge and principles to the process of drug design and development and therefore equip the graduate to apply knowledge to practical problems in pharmacology, drug discovery and pharmaceutical science
  • Provide students with the practical skills and experience via a year-long training placement to excel in future leadership roles.

Funding

The Graduate School website provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



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The Drug Discovery Skills MSc course aims to equip you with the advanced skills to enhance your knowledge and technical expertise in the drug discovery process. Read more

The Drug Discovery Skills MSc course aims to equip you with the advanced skills to enhance your knowledge and technical expertise in the drug discovery process.

 Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Lectures are delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers from the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.
  • Advanced study programme with a five to six-month industry-based research project.
  • Close links and regular speakers from pharmaceutical companies giving you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of drug discoveries.

Description

The Drug Discovery Skills MSc is a one-year advanced course that runs from September to September and you will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 75 credits coming from the research project and a dissertation to complete the programme.

You will study a range of modules that include core skills and case histories in drug discovery. You will also complete an extended industry-based research project and dissertation relating to drug discovery.

Course format and assessment

On average teaching consists of:

  • Seminars: 50 hours
  • Practicals and Workshops: 120 hours
  • Tutorials and feedback on assignments: 9 hours
  • Research Project Placement: Full-time (35 hours per week) for 20 weeks

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Core Skills in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral examination, a series of workshop diaries and a poster presentation.
  • Case History of Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral presentation, in addition to a written report of 3,000 words.
  • Research Project in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a research 10,000-word dissertation.
  • Seminars in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a two-hour written examination.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus. The work placement for the Research Project in Drug Discovery is usually in the UK laboratories of a pharmaceutical or biotech company.

Career prospects

Our graduates mainly gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry, or go on to study for a PhD.



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Pharmacy at Sunderland is ranked sixth in the country, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013. Read more
Pharmacy at Sunderland is ranked sixth in the country, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Course overview

Do you want to contribute to the discovery and development of drugs that could potentially improve the health and well-being of millions of people? The UK has long been a leader in this complex technical area, in which each new drug requires around $1 billion of development work.

Our research-led teaching and state-of-the-art facilities make the University of Sunderland one of the UK's top locations for pharmaceutical science. Our strong links with the pharmaceutical industry ensure a flow of guest speakers and good contacts for your chosen Masters project/dissertation. Previous projects have involved collaborations with companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Helena Biosciences.

The course covers advanced pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis, drug design, pharmacology, proteomics and pharmacogenomics. You will also cover regulatory processes for medicines, in line with ICH guidelines. The course is a direct response to employers’ search for postgraduates who have a mix of theoretical and practical skills and who will push boundaries in drug development.

With a Masters course, it’s important to consider the relevance of the research interests of tutors who will supervise your dissertation. At Sunderland, our interests include pharmaceutical analysis, process chemistry, various drug discovery programmes, and drug delivery systems, including those for large biological pharmaceuticals. Our academic team have produced some ‘world-leading’ research, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. The topic of the project / dissertation is negotiated to fit both your personal interests and the expertise of Sunderland's supportive tutors. Modules on this course include:
Core modules
-Essential Research and Study Skills (20 Credits)
-Fundamentals for Pharmaceutical Science (20 Credits)
-The Pharmaceutical R&D Cycle and its Regulation (20 Credits)

Choose four out of the five following modules
-Advanced Pharmacology (15 Credits)
-Pharmacogenomics and Proteomics (15 Credits)
-Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis (15 Credits)
-Advanced Drug Design (15 Credits)
-Advanced Pharmaceutics (15 Credits)

Choose one Masters option
-Double Project (60 Credits)
Or
-Double Dissertation (60 Credits)
Or
-Single Project (30 Credits) and Single Dissertation (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, open learning, laboratory work and group work.

The Masters project may involve collaboration with a pharmaceutical company. Previous projects have involved collaborations with companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Helena Biosciences.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working and problem solving. Assessment methods include laboratory reports, oral presentations, case studies, critical reviews, examinations and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts multi-disciplinary laboratories and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million pound investments.

Facilities for Pharmaceutics
We have pharmaceutical-related equipment for wet granulation, spray drying, capsule filling, tablet making, mixing inhalation, film coating and freeze drying. As well as standard pharmacopoeial test methods, such as dissolution testing, friability and disintegration, we also offer highly sophisticated test methods. These include rheometry, thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry and hot stage microscopy), tests for powder flow, laser diffraction, photon correlation spectroscopy, image analysis and laser confocal microscopy.

Facilities for Medicinal Chemistry
Our state-of-the-art spectroscopic facility allows us to confirm the structures of new molecules that could be potential pharmaceutical products and to investigate the structures of potential medicinal substances that have been isolated from plants. We are equipped with Liquid Chromatography-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy (LC-NMR/MS) platforms; this is an exceptional facility for a university. We also have low and high resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and elemental analysis equipment. Our facilities allow you to gain hands-on experience of a wide range of analytical techniques such as atomic absorption spectroscopy and infra-red spectroscopy, which are of great importance in determining both ionic/metal content of pharmaceuticals and simple chemical structures respectively. You will also gain experience of revolutionary protein and DNA separation techniques, as well as Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (x8) and Gas Chromatography for separating all kinds of samples of pharmaceutical or biomedical interest.

Facilities for Pharmacology
Our highly technical apparatus will give you first-hand experience of the principles of drug action and the effects of drugs on pharmacological and cellular models. As a result, you gain a better understanding of the effects of drugs on specific receptors located throughout the human body and related physiological effects.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your studies include:
-Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
-PsycINF, which includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
-PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
-Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Learning Environment
Sunderland Pharmacy School has a rich heritage in scientific studies and our degree courses are extremely well respected in the industry. We are fully plugged into relevant medical and pharmaceutical industry bodies, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people. Your Masters project may involve collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, including working at their sites.

Employment & careers

Graduates from this course can pursue a variety of careers in the following areas; Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Research, Pre-clinical Research in Experimental and Biological Studies, Formulation and Product Development, Pharmacogenomics and Proteomics, Clinical Research, Product Registration, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Previous Sunderland graduates have been employed in companies such as GSK, Eisai, Reckitt Benckiser, Merck, Sharp & Dohme and Norbrook Laboratories.

Some students may apply for a PhD programme or those who already hold a Pharmacy degree can pursue MSc/PG Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP) and go through one-year pre-registration training.

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This course is designed for graduates of chemistry, pharmacy and other related sciences who are contemplating a career in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, the NHS or with government agencies such as drug licensing authorities. Read more
This course is designed for graduates of chemistry, pharmacy and other related sciences who are contemplating a career in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, the NHS or with government agencies such as drug licensing authorities.

The programme provides a good background in basic pharmaceutical sciences followed by advanced training in drug discovery, drug product design, drug delivery, pharmacology, microbiology and regulatory processes. It also offers advanced practical experience and supervised training, together with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth research project as part of an active research group.

This course is suitable for both UK and non-UK graduates, and international students benefit from our excellent support networks.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

This course is one calendar year, full-time, involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters, and a project which is largely carried out during the remaining time.

Students may have the opportunity to undertake a short industrial placement (optional) during their second semester. A four-month research project is integrated into the second semester, on completion of which you will be required to submit a 10,000 word dissertation. The assessment of each taught module includes coursework and a written examination paper at the end of semester two.

Past research project topics include the development of novel transdermal formulations containing naturally occurring antioxidants as sunscreen agents, and the use of mucoadhesive gels for vaginal drug delivery.

Syllabus

During the course you will:

• develop knowledge and understanding of the role of drug discovery; biological processes involved in drug action; drug product design; quality assurance, quality control and regulatory affairs
• develop knowledge and understanding of the chemical principles underlying the design, action and disposition of drug molecules
• appreciate aspects of drug ADME and the underlying mathematical principles, mechanisms of action and adverse effects of drug treatments and the phenomenon of drug interactions
• develop an understanding of the microbiological processes involved in the development and quality assurance of non-sterile and sterile medicines and devices including biotechnology products
• develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and current trends in the formulation design and manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms
• deveop an appreciation of the physicochemical and biological factors which affect uniformity, performance, stability and bioavailability of pharmaceutical products.

Modules:

Research Project
Research Methods
Pharmacology and Drug Development
Regulatory Affairs
Industrial Pharmacy, QA and QC
Current Research in Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Options:

Industrial Placement
Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
Advanced in Biochemical and Clinical Analysis
Quality Issues in Complementary Therapies That Utilise Plants
New Medicinal Products: From Inception to Market
Industrial Manufacturing Processes
Advanced Drug Delivery

Careers and Employability

This course will equip you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, NHS, academic centres, research institutions or with government agencies such as drug licensing authorities. Our graduates are also well placed to apply for a PhD.

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Your programme of study. If you are interested in how drugs metabolise, small molecule discovery and biologics this programme will provide an advanced level of study and challenge to ensure you have sound skills to innovate within the drug development industry. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in how drugs metabolise, small molecule discovery and biologics this programme will provide an advanced level of study and challenge to ensure you have sound skills to innovate within the drug development industry. This industry area is rapidly expanding due to new discoveries across biotechnology, biologics, Internet of Things, customised drug treatments and diagnostics at source. This has lead to many new companies being formed, customised and small batch medicines apart from large batch pharmaceutical research and production.

University of Aberdeen is world renowned in this area with the invention of Insulin to treat diabetes which won a Nobel Prize and strengths in medical research areas which also include food and nutrition and disease treatment. You learn about bio-business, how drugs are developed and managed. The university has strong links with GSK, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca plus Novabiotics and others.

In our MSc in Drug Discovery and Development we train students in major areas of biochemical and molecular pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to the drug discovery and development business. This includes training in molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism and toxicology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and clinical pharmacology.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Bio-Business and Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
  • Generic Skills
  • Basic Skills - Introduction
  • Small Molecule Drug Discovery

Semester 2

  • Advanced Bio- Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research 2
  • Pharmokinetics
  • Basic Research Methods
  • Biologic Drug Discovery

Semester 3

  • Research Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • We work closely with industry and our research strengths have spanned over 50 years with many coming from the inception of the   University in 1495
  • The degree will give you the skills and knowledge to work in the pharmaceutical industry but you may wish to continue your research towards drug discovery and start up
  • You learn bio-business but you also learn how bio-business is commercialised

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start
  • 12 months or 24 months

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life



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The Drug Sciences MRes is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training and acquiring a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD-level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Read more

The Drug Sciences MRes is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training and acquiring a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD-level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

About this degree

This programme includes taught and research components and runs for 12 months. The research project begins immediately when students join their chosen laboratory. Project work continues throughout the whole year. The taught component is tailored to individual research programmes. Students select the appropriate modules for their chosen research discipline. There is also core training in research methods and transferable skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of both a taught component (30 credits) and a larger research component (150 credits). The taught component will be drawn from a range of specialist options taught by the School of Pharmacy. Students will study either one 30-credit or two 15-credit modules. Not all modules will be available every year.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students select either one or two modules from a wide range including:

  • Medicinal Natural Products
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Analysis and Quality Control
  • Preformulation
  • Formulation of Small Molecules
  • Personalised Medicines
  • Natural Product Discovery, Pharmacogeonomics
  • Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure Based Drug Design
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • Nanomedicines
  • Polymers in Drug Delivery
  • Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals
  • Developmental Neurobioloy
  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
  • Systems and Circuit Neuroscience

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a programme of full-time research equivalent to approximately 10 months' duration. This research will be written up as a dissertation at the end of the period of study.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, laboratory work, participation in the research training programme. Assessment is through written examination, research dissertation, oral presentation and viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Sciences MRes

Careers

Graduates of this programme can expect to become proficient research scientists equipped for a career in research, in the pharmaceutical industry, or with a government regulatory body.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MRes in Drug Sciences is conducted primarily as an in-depth and novel research project at the forefront of research in the area of medical and pharmaceutical sciences within the internationally recognised UCL School of Pharmacy.

Thus students gain research experience and training in their chosen research laboratory and also importantly, they have the opportunity to interact with expert researchers in all aspects of the drug discovery and delivery process.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Designed with industry input, and with industry placement opportunities available, this programme prepares you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic research. Read more
Designed with industry input, and with industry placement opportunities available, this programme prepares you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic research.

About the programme

The programme – which reflects the approaches taken by modern pharmaceutical companies – provides theoretical and practical training in the strategies and techniques by which novel drugs are designed. This involves the study of synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and chemical analysis. The latest strategies and technologies involved in the discovery and testing of novel
drug candidates are explored.

Practical experience

You may take a work-based learning module involving industry placement for approximately one day per week during the second trimester. Placements will be with pharmaceutical, chemical or bioscience companies.

Your learning

The MSc consists of six taught modules over two trimesters followed by a substantial research project.

Core modules include:
• Drug Discovery and Development
• Drug Research Methods
• Computer-Aided Drug Design
• Preclinical Drug Testing
• MSc Science Research Project
• Pharmaceutical Synthesis

Optional modules:
• Placement Learning
• Drug Design and Development

MSc

You will conduct a research project to complete the MSc, involving the application of knowledge and practical techniques covered in the modules. There are various exciting research projects ongoing in this area, including testing of potential anti-tumour agents, and enkephalin analogs, design and synthesis of opioidmimetics, and compounds used against Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Careers Adviser says

UWS graduates possess expert knowledge and practical experience of the most relevant techniques used in drug design and discovery, preparing you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates will find employment in drug synthesis, computer-aided drug design, drug formulation and regulatory affairs.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

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This programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related discipline who wish to contribute to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. Read more
This programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related discipline who wish to contribute to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

The programme provides training in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug synthesis, methods to identify potential drug targets and drug candidates, and methods to assess the biological activities of drug compounds.

Additional modules cover the key techniques in analytical chemistry used to support the pharmaceutical sciences.

Core study areas include research methods, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, drug targets, drug design and drug synthesis, spectroscopy and structural analysis, professional skills and dissertation and a research training project.

Optional study areas include separation techniques, mass spectrometry and associated techniques, innovations in analytical science and medicinal chemistry.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/chemistry/pharmaceutical-science-medicinal-chemistry/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules
Semester 1:
- Research Methods
- Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
- Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis

Semester 2:
- Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis
- Professional Skills and Dissertation
- Research Training Project

Selected Optional Modules
Semester 1:
- Separation Techniques
- Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques

Semester 2:
- Innovations in Analytical Science
- Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry

Assessment

Examination and coursework.

Careers and further study

Careers in a variety of industries, particularly the pharmaceutical and related industries, including drug metabolism, medicinal chemistry (organic synthesis), drug screening (action / toxicity), patents and product registration; also as preliminary study for a PhD.

Scholarships and sponsorship

A number of bursaries and scholarships are available to UK and EU students towards tuition fees (excluding Environmental Studies MSc).
Departmental bursaries, in the form of fee reduction, are available to self-funded international students.
The programmes also benefit from industrial sponsorship which provides support in the form of equipment, materials, presenters and project placements.

Why choose chemistry at Loughborough?

The Department of Chemistry has about 350 students studying taught programmes, including around 50 on MSc courses, 10 postdoctoral research fellows, 50 research students (MPhil / PhD), and 25 academic staff, many of whom have strong links with industry.

In recent years, the Chemistry building has undergone extensive refurbishment and provides modern facilities and laboratories for the teaching and research needs of analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as specialist laboratories for radiochemistry, environmental chemistry, microbiology and molecular pharmacology.

- Facilities
The Department has a number of specialist instruments and facilities, including: 2 x 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, sector field organic MS, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers and gas and liquid chromatographs.

- Research
The Department typically has well over 50 research students and a dozen postdoctoral researchers. In addition there are usually around 50 MSc students in the department. Many students come to study from abroad, and there are research students and visitors from all over the world currently studying and carrying out research in the department.
The Department is very well equipped to carry out research spanning all the traditional branches of chemistry (analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical) and which contributes to four active research themes (Energy, Environment, Security and Health).

- Career Prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Graduates can expect to develop their careers in the pharmaceutical and food industry, analytical and environmental laboratories, public and regulatory utilities, industrial laboratories, or go on to study for a PhD.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/chemistry/pharmaceutical-science-medicinal-chemistry/

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Before any new therapy can be used, a thorough identification of its toxicity and safety is required. Therefore, drug toxicology and safety pharmacology are central to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and demand for 'pre-trained' employees is extremely high. Read more
Before any new therapy can be used, a thorough identification of its toxicity and safety is required. Therefore, drug toxicology and safety pharmacology are central to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and demand for 'pre-trained' employees is extremely high.

Hosted by the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, the course addresses key aspects of preclinical drug evaluation through the study of drug discovery and development; safety pharmacology; mechanisms of drug-induced toxicities; regulatory affairs and bioanalytical sciences.

It will provide you with state-of-the-art training in the area of preclinical toxicology with an emphasis on the molecular and in vivo aspects of toxicological assessment.

It is designed for individuals with a first degree in a scientific disciple who want to specialise in new medicines development or undertake employment in the pharmaceutical industry.

Why Bradford?

-Includes seminars by scientists from regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical companies
-This course is designed to meet the demand of employers and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the drug safety discipline within the drug development process

Modules

-Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Safety Pharmacology
-Preclinical Models for Drug Evaluation
-Research and Analytical Methods in Pharmacology
-Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
-Experimental Design
-Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
-Research Project (Safety Pharmacology)

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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This exciting new MSc is designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, integrating teaching in chemistry and biology to develop graduates who have exceptional scientific understanding and a host of transferable skills. Read more

Overview

This exciting new MSc is designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, integrating teaching in chemistry and biology to develop graduates who have exceptional scientific understanding and a host of transferable skills. The course blends the two fundamental disciplines underpinning drug delivery, and provides students with the opportunity to practise background theory within the productive research-led environments offered by the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Nottingham has world-leading expertise in the areas of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science, and students on this course will have the chance to learn directly from staff at the forefront of the field.

The course content covers all aspects of drug delivery, and includes a 12-week (60 credit) research project based in our laboratories, encouraging the practical application of the theory taught within the programme.

The course will be technology-rich, using online learning packages to supplement face-to-face teaching and innovative assessment methods.

Aims

The overall aim of the MSc is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the area of Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Science. The overall drug discovery process from ‘concept to clinic’ provides the reference point for the education and training delivered in the more specific scientific and regulatory aspects.

Students will, therefore, be able to develop an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas housed within the arena of drug discovery. In addition, upon completing the degree students will be able to make effective use of electronic communication and information search & retrieval to facilitate development of key critical skills with which to assess and analyse a broad array of scientific literature.

Further information



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