Drug Discovery & Development

1 Year
September 2024
In Person

Our MSc Drug Discovery and Development course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, you will also have the opportunity to go on an optional professional placement.

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn about current and emerging trends in drug discovery, drug design and regulatory sciences through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions delivered by highly experienced academics and industry experts.
  • We have excellent links with some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry and you’ll have the opportunity to go on a professional placement and gain valuable work experience.
  • You’ll be taught by research-active staff with extensive academics, industrial and clinical expertise.
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Students working in laboratory facilities
Students working in laboratory facilities

What you'll do

  • Develop a range of transferable skills required in the global pharmaceutical industry and beyond.
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the drug discovery and development process.
  • You will have opportunities build your research skills and practical experience.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Clare Lawrence
Dean of School (School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Clare is the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. In addition to her leadership role, Clare teaches across a range of subjects within Biosciences. Her particular area of expertise is in molecular and cellular biology, where she has a number of research interest…

Zhengyuan Zhou in a black jumper with purple prints
Dr Zhengyuan Zhou
Research Associate
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Zhengyuan carries out research on novel polymeric nanomedicines while teaches across a range of pharmaceutical and biomedical practicals.

Future careers

When you graduate you’ll be equipped with a knowledge and skills base that will allow you to pursue a range of scientific and non-scientific careers within pharmaceutical work environments.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Sandwich year£2,500 for the sandwich year
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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