Drug Design and Discovery
Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17
Designed with industry input, and with industry placement opportunities available, this programme prepares you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic research.
Candidates must normally possess a good first degree in chemistry, pharmacy, or a bioscience with substantial chemistry content.
Other professional qualifications equivalent to a degree, or a lesser, appropriate qualification and experience gained in industry will also be considered.
The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
The programme – which reflects the approaches taken by modern pharmaceutical companies – provides theoretical and practical training in the strategies and techniques by which novel drugs are designed. This involves the study of synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and chemical analysis. The latest strategies and technologies involved in the discovery and testing of novel drug candidates are explored.
The MSc consists of six taught modules over two trimesters followed by a substantial research project.
Core modules include:
- Drug Discovery and Development
- Drug Research Methods
- Computer-Aided Drug Design
- Preclinical Drug Testing
- MSc Science Research Project
- Pharmaceutical Synthesis
- Placement Learning
- Drug Design and Development
You will conduct a research project to complete the MSc, involving the application of knowledge and practical techniques covered in the modules. There are various exciting research projects ongoing in this area, including testing of potential anti-tumour agents, and enkephalin analogs, design and synthesis of opioidmimetics, and compounds used against Alzheimer’s disease.
UWS graduates possess expert knowledge and practical experience of the most relevant techniques used in drug design and discovery, preparing you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates will find employment in drug synthesis, computer-aided drug design, drug formulation and regulatory affairs.
In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.
You may take a work-based learning module involving industry placement for approximately one day per week during the second trimester. Placements will be with pharmaceutical, chemical or bioscience companies.