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MSc Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery

University of Sheffield Department of Biomedical Science

Full time September MSc 1 year FT

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Course description

This unique research-led masters course provides laboratory training to future scientists in drug screening and gene discovery using the latest automated genomics techniques. Students will also gain training in pharmaceutical industry practices through direct contact with industry leaders from a wide range of companies.

Your research project will be undertaken in conjunction with the internationally renowned Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility, providing you with world-class training and professional skills in the use of pharmaco-genomics. You’ll also benefit from our modern research laboratories and equipment, including purpose-built facilities for drug screening, laboratory automation, cellular assays, imaging and processing.

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical-related subject.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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Where is University of Sheffield

Student Profile(s)

Asma Farhat

"During my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science here at Sheffield I developed a strong interest in laboratory research through summer placements and my final year project within the department and therefore wanted to stay on for a masters. I am currently pursuing the MSc Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery course based at the RNAi Screening Facility.

"Through this course, I have had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of drug screening, gene editing, assay development and other functional genomic techniques, not only theoretically but practically as well. I have enjoyed both the lab modules and the coursework, which have been varied and challenging. In this past year alone, I have written a research proposal, developed an assay for a mini-drug screen, done CRISPR editing and RNAi knock-downs, used a state of the art robot and even designed a cell culture machine!

"The MSc also includes regular journal clubs and an ethics course, both of which have been instrumental in helping me become more aware of the scientific world. Through the five month long lab project, I have learned to manage my own research project, right from planning and optimising methods, carrying out assays and analysing and presenting data.

"This year has been a great experience and has completely prepared me to start my PhD project at the Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna this fall."

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