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MSc Drug Design and Discovery

Course Description

Analytical bioscience - the investigation of biomolecules as exploitable biomarkers - is a growing field, driven by improving analytical methods with increasing sensitivity. Following completion of the Human Genome Project, the pharmaceutical industry is preparing for a revolution in cancer and inherited disorder therapies.

This course is training a new generation of bioscientists to meet challenges at the interface between biology and chemistry, and to apply pharmaceutical and analytical knowledge directly to improve quality of life.

Please note: this course was previously called Analytical Bioscience and Drug Design.

Key benefits:

• Train for a career in the newly emerging industries of the post-genomic era
• Work at the interface between biology and chemistry – a truly multidisciplinary Masters degree
• Excellent career prospects in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/drug-design-and-discovery

Suitable for:

This course is aimed at students who wish to acquire the specialised skills needed to design drugs for the 21st century.

Course content

This course is designed to enable you to gain a systematic knowledge, critical awareness of current problems and new insights regarding the analysis of biomolecules. There is particular reference to drug design and discovery, along with a comprehensive and critical understanding of applied techniques and their current application in research in the field of biomolecule analysis and drug design.


Teaching is by lectures to provide thorough grounding in the techniques of biomolecule characterisation and drug design.

Practical sessions and workshops demonstrate techniques and methods used in biomolecule characterisation and drug design, and provide a structured opportunity for you to practise techniques and methods in analytical biosciences and drug design.

Guided reading will recommend texts, key articles and other materials in advance of, or following, lecture classes.

The research project will enable you to practice the application of appropriate, and selected, bioscientific techniques in an academic or industrial context, and demonstrate research methodologies and skills appropriate to and valuable with biomolecule characterisation and drug design.

You will be supervised by expert staff who are actively engaged in international research programmes.

Module Titles

• Research Methods 1
• Drug Pharmacology
• Drug Design
• Novel Theraputics
• Analytical Methods
• Natural Products
• Identification of Drugs
• Bioscience Enterprise
• Research Project


• Literature Review and Presentation
• Portfolio
• Examination
• Oral Presentation
• Dissertation

Career progression

Although particularly relevant if you are looking for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this course will also equip you for a career in research, teaching and many other professions including cosmetic science, animal health, food science, medical laboratory research, patent law, scientific journalism and health and safety.

Research projects may be carried out at Salford or other institutions (e.g. universities in Germany, France and the Paterson Institute, UK). We also invite visiting lecturers to share their expertise on the subject areas.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc Drug Design and Discovery page on the University of Salford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Vinod Kumar Narayana

577.jpg I came to Salford from India to study Analytical Bioscience & Drug Design. I learnt a lot at the University which I can’t forget throughout my life - the education is really good, with friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful tutors. I made very good relationships with all the staff and made very good friends. All the modules are very interesting and you will learn a wide range of new techniques.

I am now working at the Medical Research Council undertaking human nutrition research in Cambridge. We are developing biomarkers in nutrition related diseases under the Cambridge Lipidomics Biomarker Research Initiative.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject.

Last Updated

24 May 2017

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