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If you're interested in a career in the fascinating and challenging world of drug design, this is the course that will take you there.

Rather than presenting just one of the disciplines used in the field, this postgraduate degree, unique in Europe, blends the subjects you need - biomedicine and pharmaceutical science - into one comprehensive course that focuses on the integration of modern organomedicinal chemistry and molecular biology.

You’ll study various steps involved in developing and creating effective drugs, from concept to clinic, including the theories and practical applications of chemical drug design and immunology, pharmacology and molecular biology.

Learning will be based on emergent technology from academic research and how it is applied to the drug development process, identification of drug targets, and development of effective drugs via reference to the relevant biological systems and pathways.

This course is eligible for a SFC funded place for Scottish and EU students – please see the SFC funding page for more information on how to apply. The deadline for applications for a January 2019 start is the 30th of November 2018.

Course details

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and practical experience you’ll need to forge a rewarding career in research and development in the pharmaceutical, bioscience or healthcare sectors. You’ll develop in-depth understanding of disease processes and molecular targets and an ability to apply this knowledge and theory to key aspects of drug design and biomedical science.

Equipped with the ability to follow developments in the field, you’ll learn to apply them to your work and make innovative contributions to the industry that will benefit others. Complex issues often arise in this field: you’ll acquire the skills necessary to make informed judgements and effectively communicate decisions.

There is an emphasis on developing your practical laboratory skills with various opportunities for hands-on experience in a range of current techniques and practices. In your final trimester you’ll undertake an independent project within a vibrant biomedical or drug design research team, allowing you to apply and further develop your technical, research and professional skills. There may be the opportunity to conduct your research project externally in a relevant organisation or industry in the UK or overseas.

You’ll also develop key skills including communication, problem solving, team work, project management, and leadership.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

  • Advanced Immunology ( BMS11100 )
  • Biotechnology and Drug Discovery ( MIC11108 )
  • Current Practice in Drug Development ( BMS11104 )
  • Drug Design and Chemotherapy ( BMS11105 )
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology ( BMS11110 )
  • Quality Control & Pharmaceutical Analysis ( MIC11113 )
  • Research Project ( BMS11102 )
  • Research Skills ( MIC11107 )

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

How you’ll be taught

You’ll learn through interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, site visits and laboratory sessions, and by engaging with guided independent study. Site visits and/or guest lectures may also be arranged to enrich your learning experience. A variety of assessment tools are used to enhance and evaluate your learning.

This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

Duration:

  • September starts: 12 months
  • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

Assessments

Your assessments are mapped out across your programme and include formative work to help practice your skills, as well as summative work which will build on this preparatory work.

These are carefully spaced out across each trimester to avoid clashes and include many different types of assessment such as essays, lab reports, posters, oral presentations, short discussions, class tests and exams. Some of these assessments involve group-work, whilst others are individual.

For example: In the Advanced Immunology module, you will undertake a group poster assessment, and a class test. In the Current Practice in Drug Development module, you will undertake a critical review and an exam.

Facilities

The MSc Drug Design & Biomedical Science programme is delivered at our landmark Sighthill Campus where students learn in state of the art laboratories equipped with, for example, industry standard HPLC and GC/MS instrumentation; cell tissue culture hoods; confocal microscopy and flow cytometry equipment, to ensure we meet the needs of students entering employment and research roles in the biomedical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

Careers

  • Drug discovery and/or drug design
  • A laboratory-based career with global pharmaceutical companies, developing biotechnology companies, contract drug testing, hospitals, NHS, local government or health and safety divisions
  • Further studies at PhD level are available at institutions all over the world leading to an academic career.

Visit the MSc Drug Design and Biomedical Science page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

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