MSc Cancer Drug Discovery
Greater understanding of the molecular aspects of disease progression is continually providing new opportunities for chemical intervention in disease. Cancer drug discovery combines the expertise required in translating that understanding to the identification of suitable chemical entities, and the process of optimisation that ultimately leads to the discovery of new medicines.
The course is designed to provide a practice based education in modern cancer drug discovery, which meets the demand of employers in the pharmaceutical industry and equips you for further postgraduate and doctoral study in this field.
Opportunities to learn the latest innovations in cancer drug discovery are provided in the course, including rational and computer-aided drug design, techniques in parallel synthesis.
The course uses modern teaching strategies such as computer-based courseware and assessment to encourage independent study as an integral component of advanced scholarship. A wide range of opportunities are provided to consolidate personal transferable skills particularly in oral and written presentation and informatics.
The course includes a wide variety of modules covering different aspects of the drug discovery process, a selection of which include:
- Principles of Drug Discovery
An overview of the drug discovery process; sources of leads, lead identification and optimisation strategies; drug targets
- Chemical Toolbox for Drug Discovery
Survey of methods for the synthesis of organic molecules with an emphasis on a practical means which are relevant in drug discovery
- Case Studies in Drug Discovery
An overview of the discovery and development process for four specific medicines currently on the market or soon to be introduced
- Molecular Biology of the Cell
Molecular genetics; molecular cell biology; recombinant DNA technology
- Molecular and Genetic Basis of Disease
Biochemical and genetic regulation in health and disease
- Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Drug Discovery
A review of the scientific literature and critical appraisal of a current topic in drug discovery
- Research Project in Drug Discovery
A 12-week laboratory-based individual original scientific research project carried out under the direct supervision of a member of the drug discovery team.
Entry requirements: 2:2 or above in a scientific discipline in chemical or biological sciences; study of chemical sciences at undergraduate level is desirable; applications are also welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications who have significant relevant experience - each case will be considered on its own merit.
English language requirements for international students: IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the subtests.
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