The discovery and development of safe and effective new drugs is challenging and rewarding, and this course focuses on the mechanisms of drug action at molecular level, the treatment of human diseases, and the latest cell and molecular technologies used in pharmacology.
You will receive high-quality, broad-based training, develop a wide knowledge base and key transferable skills, and be supported in your choice of career.
Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
• Study the principles of drug design, pre-clinical evaluation, clinical trials, regulatory affairs and the application of new technologies in the drug discovery and development process • Explore the latest therapeutic concepts and principles relating to causes, epidemiology, diagnosis and the treatment of human diseases in current clinical practice • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of new technologies in cell and molecular biology • Gain a wide range of valuable practical skills and the ability to devise an experimental plan as an independent investigator • Benefit from an enhancement in your learning skills and personal development, take the opportunity to work with self-direction and originality, and make a major contribution to the pharmaceutical industry, wider society and the global economy.
• Cell and Molecular Biology • Molecular Pharmacology • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics • Drug Discovery and Development • Laboratory Based Research Project (Pharmacology)
Assessment is undertaken in all units to check that you have met (or are working towards meeting) the standards expected of all students.
Each unit of study has three summative assessment points and when each is marked you will be provided with feedback to show you where you are meeting/exceeding the standards and where/how you can/should make further improvement.
The final assessment in each of the taught units is a formal written examination. Elsewhere, a range of assessment methods are used. Some may be familiar (e.g. laboratory reports) while others may be less familiar (e.g. research proposals, poster/oral presentations) but each is designed to build upon and extend what is expected of students at postgraduate level.
In addition to developing your specialist knowledge and understanding, there is an emphasis on developing your approach and attitude to working by emphasising and encouraging the professional standards expected by employers. This is supported by a departmental seminar programme that includes speakers from industry who give you an insight into what they expect from employees.
The University also has a programme of seminars and workshops designed to help you recognise and boost the attributes expected and appreciated by employers. This is supplemented by trips and visits.