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Next Generation Drug Discovery (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev)

Course Description

Programme description

This online programme will provide you with the stimulus, guidance and knowledge to develop a career around new approaches to drug discovery.

You will study the challenges in developing novel drugs; the science underlying emerging fields of drug discovery; the application of new ideas to the field; how drug discovery relates to real-world health problems; the commercial aspects of drug discovery; and potential future developments. The programme offers a research-rich environment in which you can develop as a scientist and entrepreneur.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology enables you to interact with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your home or workplace. You will have the same access to our staff as you would if you were on campus. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but they get the opportunity to become part of a supportive online community.

Programme structure

This is a distance learning programme taught entirely online via a virtual learning environment. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including online tuition, peer-to-peer discussion and individual study.

You will take six taught courses in each of the two first years of the MSc – a mixture of compulsory and optional courses. In your final year you will pursue a research project leading to a dissertation.

You can take individual courses for continuing professional development purposes, or follow a single year of part-time study to qualify for a Certificate, two years to achieve a Diploma, and three years for the MSc.

We can offer you a fast-track option to complete the MSc in two years, or you can spread your degree programme over a maximum of six years, through intermittent study, allowing you to plan your study around work and other commitments. You can expect to spend between around seven and 13 hours a week on your studies, depending on your chosen schedule.


Biologics and Protein Design
Chemistry for Drug Discovery
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Druggable Systems
High Throughput Drug Discovery
In Silico Drug Discovery
Introduction to Modelling Biological Systems
Measuring Drug Binding
Modelling Metabolic Pathways
Molecular Modelling
Professional Skills in Drug Discovery
Research Grant Proposal
Structure Determination of Drug Target
Systems Approach to Modelling Cell Signal Transduction

Career opportunities

You will enhance your career prospects with marketable analytical and presentation skills.

Visit the Next Generation Drug Discovery (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent in biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, molecular biology, pharmacology or related sciences.

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