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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences



  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    View the programme page to find out about course fees

  • Last Updated

    20 June 2019

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 many others along with new start ups in drug discovery, biotechnology, pharmacology areas as a result of studying advanced programmes in these industry areas.

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. You gain advanced skills and techniques, research and analysis methods you need to understand about drug composition and essential skills you can apply along the supply chain of discovery, testing and treatment to ensure quality. The world of drug discovery and biotechnology is a renaissance period currently due to the ability to upscale, customise and the possibility of easier start up due to new methods of process innovation. Industry 4.0 and smart technologies have opened up a world of possibilities both in understanding these areas in relation to therapies and their many and varied applications.

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

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • We work closely with industry and our research strengths have spanned over 50 years. A lot of medical research started at the beautiful Marischal College when the University began in 1495 and has continued to the current day in one of the largest medical campuses in Europe at Foresterhill.
  • The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition is world renowned within the fields of metabolic sciences, nutrition, cardiology, drug discovery and pharmacology and many other areas. The School won a Nobel Peace prize for the development of Insulin and the fight against hunger worldwide. Researchers from the school also developed the MRI scanner as we know it today.
  • 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 and you have the potential to work for known industries in this area or develop your own enterprise.

Where you study

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

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