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Drug Discovery and Development - MSc

Course Description

This programme provides a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process and is designed for graduates in science-based subjects as preparation for either PhD-level research or a career in the pharmaceutical industry or with a government regulatory body.

Degree information

You will gain hands-on experience of molecular modelling and computer-based drug design, and analytical and synthetic techniques and be exposed to modern platforms for drug discovery and methods of drug synthesis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
-The Process of Drug Discovery and Development I
-The Process of Drug Discovery and Development II

Optional modules - students choose two from the following:
-Anticancer Personalised Medicines
-New Drug Targets in the CNS
-Pharmacogenics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
-Advanced Structure-based Drug Design

All students undertake a laboratory-based research project which is assessed at the end of the year by a written report and oral presentation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars supported by the Blackboard e-learning system and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.


Students who complete the Drug Delivery and Development MSc will progress to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Analytical Scientist, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
-Product Physician, AstraZeneca
-PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, University College London (UCL)

Why study this degree at UCL?

Lectures and seminars from industry-based scientists and visits to industrial and biotechnological research laboratories are key features of this programme.

Our graduates include international students from 24 different countries.

The programme covers marketing, licensing and the regulatory affairs that form an integral part of the development process.

Visit the Drug Discovery and Development - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related subject such as pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, material sciences, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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