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Drug Discovery & Protein Biotechnology (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev)

Course Description

Programme description

The modern pharmaceutical industry encompasses the development of ‘biologics’ (for example antibodies or protein hormones), as much as it does traditional small-molecule drug discovery.

You will study the design and potential uses of different families of proteins and will examine the experiences of successful entrepreneurs in the field who have been involved in the commercialisation of biopharmaceuticals.

Your research project will focus on the early phases of an industrial biologics design programme.

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

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, which will be a mixture of compulsory and option courses, followed by a research project leading to a dissertation in your final year.

Individual courses can be taken for Continuing Professional Development purposes or you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

We offer a fast-track option to complete the MSc in two years, or you can spread your programme over a maximum of six years, through intermittent study, allowing you to accommodate work and other commitments.

You can expect to spend seven to 13 hours a week on your studies, depending on your chosen schedule.

Compulsory courses:

Biologics and Protein Design
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
High Throughput Drug Discovery
In Silico Drug Discovery
Introduction to Modelling Biological Systems
Measuring Drug Binding
Molecular Modelling
Professional Skills in Drug Discovery
Systems Approach to Modelling Cell Signal Transduction

Option courses:

Chemistry for Drug Discovery
Computing Skills for Drug Discovery
Druggable Systems
Introduction to Biological Kinetics

Career opportunities

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

Visit the Drug Discovery & Protein Biotechnology (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. Other scientific backgrounds are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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