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Cancer Drug Discovery (MSc)

Course Description

Greater understanding of the molecular aspects of disease progression is continually providing new opportunities for chemical intervention in disease. Cancer drug discovery combines the expertise required in translating that understanding to the identification of suitable chemical entities, and the process of optimisation that ultimately leads to the discovery of new medicines.

This course is designed to provide you with a practice based education in modern cancer drug discovery, which meets the demand of employers in the pharmaceutical industry and equips you for further postgraduate and doctoral study in this field. Opportunities to learn the latest innovations in cancer drug discovery are provided in the course, including rational and computer-aided drug design, techniques in parallel synthesis, and the use of electronic lab notebooks (ELNs).

The course uses modern teaching strategies such as computer-based courseware and assessment to encourage independent study as an integral component of advanced scholarship. A wide range of opportunities are provided to consolidate personal transferable skills particularly in oral and written presentation and informatics. In addition, an extended project in drug discovery will provide you both with a first hand experience of the challenges in original research, as well as giving you an opportunity to put in practice the knowledge you have gained in cancer drug discovery.

The course will be hosted at the University of Bradford by the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, an internationally recognised center for translational cancer research, drug development and knowledge transfer to pharma.

For enquiries please clearly state:

Subject of bachelor degree
Year of entry e.g. September 2016

Visit the Cancer Drug Discovery (MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Haneen Basheer

3765.jpg Haneen Basheer was working as a pharmacist in Jordan when she applied to study MSc Cancer Drug Discovery at Bradford.
She says she came here to "expand my knowledge and specialise in cancer drug discovery studies", as well as to enhance her career options and prepare for a PhD - which she stayed on at the University of Bradford to do.

Haneen chose Bradford because "the programme in cancer drug discovery run by the University offered the subjects and modules that I wanted to learn about, and the course was taught by academics who are experts in the field.

"The course met all the objectives and aims offered, and gave me the opportunity to develop independent and critical thinking through working on different types of assignments. It was a "high-standard" course which gave her the opportunity to work "in different labs, ranging from cell culture, molecular biology and chemistry".

Haneen found the learning environment "friendly and helpful", and says she relished the opportunity to work in teams.

"My supervisors were very helpful, supportive and encouraged me all the time during my project. They were always available to answer and discuss my questions."

She also took advantage of the services and facilities outside of the course.

"The library runs a series of workshops teaching us more about presentation, writing, critical thinking, how to use EndNote and many other workshops that were very important to me. The campus is very big and offers a wide range of places for food, drinking and studying individually or in teams. It also has a fitness area - Unique - that saves a lot of time to enjoy exercising [without leaving] the campus."

Importantly, Haneen feels she got what she needed from the course: "The knowledge and lab experience I gained from the course allowed me to get a very good job in a respected university back in my country as an organic lab lecturer.

And what would she say to someone considering studying at the University of Bradford? "I'd encourage them to go for it as it's a very cost-effective course."


Country Specific Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

All students from one of the World Bank countries will be entitled to a £2,000 fee scholarships as a fee reduction for meeting or exceeding the entry criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding international students (not EU) who are nationals of countries that are defined by the World Bank as having low-income or low to middle income economies.

Application Procedure

These are automatically processed by us and no separate application is required.

Further Information



International Academic Excellence Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

Although you may apply for more than one scholarship, you can only receive one scholarship from the University. The exception is that you can still receive the 15% Alumni discount and this scholarship. Students must be paying their own fees. Students in receipt of external funding e.g. chevening scholarships are not entitled to this award.Country equivalent of 2:1 at degree-level will result in a £2,500 fee scholarship
Country equivalent of first-class Honours at degree-level will result in a £3,500 fee scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,500


Students from all other countries excluding EU countries and China will be automatically assessed for academic-related fee scholarships worth £2,500 or £3,500, based on your entry qualifications.Students entitled to the £3,500 fee scholarship can apply for one of our Half-Fee Academic Excellence Scholarships (see below).

Application Procedure

These scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required. The amount of scholarship that you are entitled to will be shown on your offer letter.

Further Information



Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards

Available for all full-time taught MSc and MA courses at the University of Bradford.The scholarship is given as a fee reduction. The award is valid for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding students paying Home/EU feesStudents must achieve at least a first-class Honours in their undergraduate studies, or the European equivalent.

Application Procedure

Please contact [email protected]

Further Information



Postgraduate Bursary 2016 - 20+ Awards

ELIGIBILITYIn order to apply for this bursary you must:Be from the UK or EU (if you are from the EU you must have done your degree in England to qualify).
Be on a full-time taught masters or research postgraduate programme and paying your own fees.
Have recently graduated from your undergraduate degree programme.
Have received support (i.e. fee payment, not a loan) towards your fees from your Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in your final year of undergraduate study at your previous university – and be able to prove this with a financial support notification letter. You will also be eligible if you received a bursary during your undergraduate study.
Bursaries will be paid in March provided that you are still in attendance and progressing satisfactorily on your course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



See full details below

Application Procedure

After you have started your course, come to The Hub with your last financial support notification letter, or bursary letter, from your undergraduate study - you will be required to fill in a short application form. In each academic year you need to apply for your PG Bursary by 31 July.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2, chemical or biological sciences

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