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Drug Discovery and Translational Biology (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

Programme description

The rapid transformation in the nature of drug discovery means that knowledge of related disciplines, and the technologies used, is essential for those considering a career in commercial or academic research.

This MSc will help you explore the latest methods of developing drugs and therapeutic compounds for humans and animals and disease control agents for plants.

You will learn about marketing, licensing and regulations, which are all part of the development process. Our multidisciplinary approach links structural biology, bioinformatics, chemistry and pharmacology.

You will investigate the fundamental scientific problems and techniques of drug discovery and design, alongside the challenges of developing principles for new therapeutic strategies.

You will have hands-on experience of crystallographic computer programming and computation for bioinformatics.

You will consider the moral and ethical aspects of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries through case studies, seminars and discussions.

Programme structure

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project, leading to a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Applicable Mathematics
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Drug Discovery
Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
Protein Structure Determination
Project Proposal and Literature Review
Preparative Methods for Structural Biology
Quantitating Drug Binding

Optional courses:

Bioinformatics 1
Bioinformatics 2
Bioinformatics Algorithms
Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
Biophysical Chemistry for MSc Biochemistry
Chemical Medicine
Detailed Characterisation of Drug or Ligand Interactions Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)
Functional Genomic Technologies
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Introduction to Website and Database Design for Drug Discovery
Practical Skills in Biochemistry
Tools for Synthetic Biology

Career opportunities

This MSc is designed to help you pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or relevant government agencies, and it will provide a good background for managerial or technical roles in research, design and development. It is also a solid basis from which to continue your studies to PhD level.

Visit the Drug Discovery and Translational Biology (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or pharmacology. Applicants with a background in chemistry, physics or computer science will also be considered. Students with other scientific or medicine backgrounds should contact the Programme Director.

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