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.
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:
The course aims to:
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.
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.
Your learning will be reinforced over the duration of the course via hands-on application of your skills to real data.
The course focuses on the following topics.
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:
We assess your achievement of the learning outcomes for this course through:
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.
This course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology. 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 also follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to build up your practical skills and gain a strong background in both disciplines.
The course has been developed in consultation with industry experts, so you will graduate with the core science skills that are highly sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.
You'll gain the knowledge and practical skills for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research at the interface of chemistry, biology and pharmacology.