The modern pharmaceutical industry encompasses the development of ‘biologics’ (for example antibodies or protein hormones), as much as it does traditional small-molecule drug discovery.
You will study the design and potential uses of different families of proteins and will examine the experiences of successful entrepreneurs in the field who have been involved in the commercialisation of biopharmaceuticals.
Your research project will focus on the early phases of an industrial biologics design programme.
Our award-winning online learning technology enables you to interact with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your home or workplace. You will have the same access to our staff as you would if you were on campus. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but they get the opportunity to become part of a supportive online community.
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including online tuition, peer-to-peer discussion and individual study. You will take six taught courses, which will be a mixture of compulsory and option courses, followed by a research project leading to a dissertation in your final year.
Individual courses can be taken for Continuing Professional Development purposes or you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.
We offer a fast-track option to complete the MSc in two years, or you can spread your programme over a maximum of six years, through intermittent study, allowing you to accommodate work and other commitments.
You can expect to spend seven to 13 hours a week on your studies, depending on your chosen schedule.
Biologics and Protein Design Chemistry for Drug Discovery Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery Druggable Systems High Throughput Drug Discovery In Silico Drug Discovery Introduction to Modelling Biological Systems Measuring Drug Binding Modelling Metabolic Pathways Molecular Modelling Professional Skills in Drug Discovery Research Grant Proposal Structure Determination of Drug Target Systems Approach to Modelling Cell Signal Transduction
You will enhance your career prospects with marketable analytical and presentation skills.
A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent in biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, molecular biology, pharmacology or related sciences. Other scientific backgrounds are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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