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MSc Drug Design and Discovery

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | JAN-23

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

JAN-23

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Human Genome Project and the rapid COVID-19 vaccine development highlight how translational approaches can lead to the development of new medications and therapies. Build the knowledge and skills to work in this exciting scientific field with our Drug Design and Discovery postgraduate degree.

Designed to nurture the next generation of bioscientists, our course enables science graduate and pharmaceutical industry professionals to build scientific methods and transferable, problem-solving skills. You can use knowledge developed on the course to pursue roles where your can improve quality of life, treat long-standing diseases and inherited disorders and apply antimicrobials against multidrug-resistant strains of bacteria.

Led by highly-experienced, research-focused academics, and delivered in our world-class laboratory setting, our course integrates classical natural products-based drug discovery methods with the exploration of molecular target-based drug discovery and molecular modelling. Collectively, this approach aims to nurture your in-depth knowledge of drug discovery and development.

You will:

  • Learn where chemistry, nanotechnology and genome technology is pushing the boundaries of biomedical research
  • Acquire strong training in drug synthesis and analytical methods, natural product chemistry and molecular modelling
  • Develop scientific methods and transferable skills relevant to a wide variety of scientific and professional careers in medical and pharmaceutical industries

TEACHING

The co-creation of knowledge is an overarching learning and teaching strategy at the University. You are encouraged to see yourself as producers of knowledge and collaborators in your learning experience.

Learning methods are designed to train you to assess real-life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice..

Employment

This programme will prepare you for career progression in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, scientific research, or teaching and academia. With growing interest in novel treatments and therapies fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that new research and work opportunities will arise.

The broader relevance of course content can also open up career opportunities in many other professions, including cosmetic science, animal health, food science, medical laboratory research, patent law, scientific journalism and health and safety.

Course alumni have secured roles working as research associates, in technical roles, or with pharmaceutical companies.

CAREER LINKS

We are well-positioned to provide you with access to career networks and research opportunities. Locally, the North West is one of the fastest-growing employment region outside of London in science and biomedical science-based vacancies.

We are driven by industry collaboration, and we ensure that your learning is enriched by our partners and networks. Course modules include industrial site visits and opportunities to engage with research projects carried out at other institutions (recently Universities in Bremen or France and the Paterson Institute, UK).

Our bioscience team also hosts a regular postgraduate research seminar series, where we invite experts from outside the University to share their knowledge and latest research findings.

Modules

This module will provide you with the key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the current big issues in the life sciences and will understand how ethics and bioethics can enhance critical thinking in often controversial subject areas.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,360

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

15,300

Entry requirements

Students should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more