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MSc Drug Discovery and Development

Course Description

The pharmaceutical industry spends approximately £5 billion per year on Research and Development in the UK alone and the industry is always looking for graduates with the appropriate training and qualifications. In our MSc in Drug Discovery and Development we aim to train students in the major areas of biochemical and molecular pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to the drug discovery and development business. This includes training in molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism and toxicology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmcovigilance, regulatory affairs and clinical pharmacology. The programme also provides training in Bio-Business, a programme unique to the University of Aberdeen, which will describe the critical pathways to the commercialisation of scientific ideas and give the student a window into the business of science.

Over the first two terms students cover a wide variety of subjects as well as receiving training in Bio-Business, generic skills, statistics and IT. Individual courses are delivered by a combination of lectures, lab practicals, seminars, presentations and tutorials. These courses are assessed by a mixture of continuous assessment and written degree examinations.

In addition, students undertake a research project over the final 16 weeks of the programme. Projects are chosen from a range of topics and provide training in research methods, academic writing as well as research and analytical skills and data handling. This is assessed by a written thesis, presentation and viva examination.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Medical Sciences have a tradition of excellence in both teaching and research both of which contribute to the high quality of our Masters programmes.

Visit the MSc Drug Discovery and Development page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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Scottish/EU Postgraduate Bursaries - 15 Awards

Full fee waiver on tuition fee costs plus a stipend towards living expences of up to £3,500 is available.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Funding available to Scottish or non UK EU students.

Application Procedure

Simply apply to the degree as normally and if you meet the eligibility criteria you will automatically be nominated as a candiate for the award.

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Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in Medicine, Biological Science or Pharmacy is required (a second class degree (at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4).Applicants whose first language is not English should note that english language proficiency is also required, more information can be found at View Website

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