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Full time & Part time September, January MSc 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

About the course

It is an exciting time for chemists to be involved in biomedical research. Following the completion of the Human Genome Project, the pharmaceutical industry is preparing for a revolution in cancer and inherited disorder therapies. 

The Drug Design and Discovery postgraduate programme at Salford is designed to nurture the next generation of bioscientists working at the interface between biology and chemistry, ready to apply pharmaceutical and analytical knowledge to improve quality of life.

This course integrates classical natural products-based drug discovery methods, involving extraction, assay-based functional fractionation, isolation, characterisation, and target validation. However, with the discovery of antimicrobials against multidrug resistant strains of bacteria, the syllabus

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.


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Vinod Kumar Narayana

577.jpg I came to Salford from India to study Analytical Bioscience & Drug Design. I learnt a lot at the University which I can’t forget throughout my life - the education is really good, with friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful tutors. I made very good relationships with all the staff and made very good friends. All the modules are very interesting and you will learn a wide range of new techniques.

I am now working at the Medical Research Council undertaking human nutrition research in Cambridge. We are developing biomarkers in nutrition related diseases under the Cambridge Lipidomics Biomarker Research Initiative.


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