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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 course fees on the programme page

  • Last Updated

    28 March 2019

If you want to discover a cure for a major disease or lesser known disease this programme will help you towards that goal. Aberdeen is well known for drug discovery as Insulin was developed at the university and there has always been a strong research focus within the medical sciences to continue finding major innovations in health sciences. You learn how to formulate drugs to understand how they are regulated and the bio-business area. This area has been in rapid growth since the discovery of customised drugs which rely on individual genetic make up to define, small batch drugs which larger drug companies don't manufacture for reasons of scale and economy, and the understanding of biologics to treat diseases. Graduates go on to employment in known companies within the industry area but also many are developing their own business from this discipline area.

Drug Discovery is one of the few areas which have continued to expand over the last 5 years, in fact there is a major revolution in treating disease processes with other disciplines assisting. The pharmaceutical industry in the UK is one of the largest contributors of income to GDP. Much of this industry is being disrupted by a combination of new methods of process and scale up. Innovation centres in both Scotland and England present a range of facilities and further skills to develop new industries and customised treatments. In Scotland innovation centres include the Digital Healthcare Institute, Stratified Medicine Scotland, Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems, Industrial Biotechnology. In England the CPI works across this industry area and Catapult supports innovation. Drug discovery involves multidisciplinary teams working in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Our MRes in Drug Discovery provides training in across all aspects of drug discovery and development, clinical pharmacology and medical biotechnology. The degree programme consists of one term of taught courses (3 months) followed by 2 individual research projects lasting 16 weeks each.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Small Molecule Drug Discovery
  • Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • Basic Skills-Induction
  • Generic Skills


  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Drug Metabolism & Toxicology

Semester 2

  • Research Project


  • Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Basic Research Methods

Semester 3

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The university is highly regarded and known as a 'centre for excellence' in drug discovery and commercialisation. Many graduates have gone on to develop their own start up business leading to growth and success in this industry area.
  • Researchers that teach are active opinion leaders and regulators with further interdisciplinary researchers in other countries and two British Pharmacological Society Wellcome Gold Medal winners on staff
  • The university won the Nobel Prize for the treatment of diabetes and invention of insulin
  • Many courses on this programme support multiple employment options including research towards self employment and longevity of business from innovation and latest thinking

Where you study

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

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