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.
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).
Students choose two from the following:
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
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
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.
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
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.
Visit the Drug Discovery and Development (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!