MSc in Drug Design

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

Program Description

MSc in Drug Design

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

The MSc in Drug Design is a new interdisciplinary programme providing both academic and industrial insight into the key disciplines of early stage drug discovery.

The MSc course focuses on providing advanced academic training on approaches used in drug design and is of strategic relevance for academic, biotech or larger pharmaceutical company drug discovery. The programme spans the discovery programme from target identification and validation through to the clinic. It includes practical training in aspect of drug discovery in terms of both biological and biophysical approaches to studying ligand-protein protein-protein interactions drug targets using state of the art analytical techniques.

There are a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your programme to your own interests and potential future careers.

Course content

The MSc in Drug Design involves studying for 120 credits of taught modules, as indicated below. The taught component takes place during the Autumn and Spring terms, while a 60-credit research project take place over the Summer months. The assessment of the course will involve a mixture of practical classes, innovative continuous assessment to gain maximise transferable and professional skills, and examinations. In additional to traditional scientific laboratory reports, experience will be gained in a range of scientific writing styles relevant to future employment.

Expert Teaching

The programme is taught by staff from the Biosciences, Industrial Biotechnology Centre, and Industrial scientists who all have experience of working with the Drug Industry (both large Pharma and Biotech).

Programme details:

Core modules

  • Advanced Drug Design (30 credits)
  • Practical and Applied Research Skills for Advanced Biotechnologists and Bioengineers (30 credits)
  • Science at Work (30 credits - Autumn term)
  • Biotechnology and Public Affairs (non credit-bearing Autumn term)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Cancer Therapeutics: from the laboratory to the clinic (15 credits)
  • Cancer Research in Focus (15 credits)
  • Advanced Analytical and Emerging Technologies for Biotechnologists and Bioengineers; (30 credits)
  • New Enterprise Startup (15 credits)


Assessment is by examination, coursework and dissertation.

The research project will be assessed by written dissertation, presenting a poster at the annual School research symposium, oral presentation and viva voce examination.

Admissions requirements and fees

Students must have, or expect to have, a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a Biosciences-related subject. Applications will be considered throughout the year and places filled on a competitive basis on the strength of the applications received.

Please note that the School of Biosciences has a number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students. Please visit the funding and scholarships page to review eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 15, 2016
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Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
United Kingdom - Canterbury, England
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