MSc Applied Drug Discovery

University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy

Program Description

MSc Applied Drug Discovery

University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy

Overview

The postgraduate Masters in Science (MSc) programme is taught as either a classic one-year programme, or delivered through blended learning on a two-year part-time basis.

The MSc degree teaches how fundamental science is applied to the discovery and development of medicines. The programme was designed and conceived by industry experts in drug discovery and will be delivered and assessed by experts from both industry and the university. This advanced-level academic qualification will provide expert preparation for those who wish to pursue and/or further a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (PhD).

Two factors underpinned the development of this programme:

  1. Graduates in pharmacology and related biology degrees require understanding of how fundamental science learned at university is linked to the design and development of modern medicines.
  2. With increasing specialisation of pharmaceutical research into zones of expertise it is difficult for new graduates to gain a full understanding how their work and data fits into the ‘drug discovery process’.

This programme will:

  1. Produce graduates trained in the processes by which fundamental science is linked to the design and development of modern medicines.
  2. Teach students an understanding of the drug discovery process.
  3. Provide students with the experience of critically appraising the research questions and techniques that are routine in the workplace.
  4. Provide expert preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a higher degree (PhD).

Teaching

1-year full-time programme:

Full-time basis at Medway School of Pharmacy with attendance required on Mondays and Tuesdays for 48 weeks plus additional study away from the campus. Teaching will be delivered using a variety of proven methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem-based learning sessions, and practical sessions.

2-year part-time programme:

Learning via distance e-learning using the Moodle virtual learning environment. You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you throughout the programme as well as having frequent contact with subject experts through forum and pre-arranged voice-over-internet 1-2-1 messaging meetings.

Assessment

Coursework-based using a range of assessment techniques including: written assignments, reports, portfolio entries, short essays, analysis of case studies, and multiple choice questions.

Programme structure

Basic and specialist science modules

The course will comprise of 180 credits; intermediate exit awards are available should you not complete the entire course.

  • Applied Pharmacology (30 credits; core)
  • Translational Biology (30 credits; core)
  • Critical Thinking (15 credits; core)
  • Experimental Protocol (15 credits; core)
  • Project Background and Design (15 credits; core)
  • Neuroscience and Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3)
  • Renal and Cardiovascular Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3)
  • Infectious Disease and Allergy Drug Discovery (15 credits; choice 1 from 3)
  • Extended Research Project (60 credits; core)

1-year full-time programme:

Certificate level modules will be taught during semester 1, Diploma level modules during semester 2, and Masters level modules during semester 3.

2-year part-time programme:

Modules will be provided in sequence. To ensure a timely completion of the Masters programme it is advised that each module (15 credits) is completed within 10 weeks (whereby the learner studies for the equivalent of 1 day per week).

Entry criteria

Ideally suited to those with a good degree in a wide range of biological science subjects (e.g. pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, applied biology, molecular biology, biomedical science or similar).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

1-year full-time programme: £7,000 for home students, or £14,000 for overseas students.

2-year programme: £3,500 per year part-time over two years for home students (total cost per full MSc of £7,000), or £7,000 per year part-time over two years for overseas students (total cost per full MSc of £14,000).



Last updated February 1, 2016
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