The Drug Discovery Skills MSc course aims to equip you with the advanced skills to enhance your knowledge and technical expertise in the drug discovery process.
King's is ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
Lectures are delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers from the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.
Advanced study programme with a five to six-month industry-based research project.
Close links and regular speakers from pharmaceutical companies giving you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of drug discoveries.
The Drug Discovery Skills MSc is a one-year advanced course that runs from September to September and you will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 75 credits coming from the research project and a dissertation to complete the programme.
You will study a range of modules that include core skills and case histories in drug discovery. You will also complete an extended industry-based research project and dissertation relating to drug discovery.
Course format and assessment
On average teaching consists of:
Seminars: 50 hours
Practicals and Workshops: 120 hours
Tutorials and feedback on assignments: 9 hours
Research Project Placement: Full-time (35 hours per week) for 20 weeks
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Core Skills in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral examination, a series of workshop diaries and a poster presentation.
Case History of Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral presentation, in addition to a written report of 3,000 words.
Research Project in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a research 10,000-word dissertation.
Seminars in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a two-hour written examination.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus. The work placement for the Research Project in Drug Discovery is usually in the UK laboratories of a pharmaceutical or biotech company.
Our graduates mainly gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry, or go on to study for a PhD.