Taught course

Drug Discovery and Pharma Management

UCL - University College London · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related subject such as pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, physiology, physical science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, material sciences, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Good. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting new programme has been introduced as a spin-off from the very successful Drug Discovery MSc in response to the increasing opportunities which now exist for research scientists who can evaluate the business potential of their science as well as generate the science itself.

The Pharma Management component of this MSc is led by Dr Nigel Ratcliffe, formerly Vice-President for regulatory and commercial affairs at Astra Zeneca.

Students visit a leading research laboratory e.g. GlaxoSmithKline to look at computer-based molecular modelling, how physico-chemical properties are determined, the robotic compound library, and high throughput screening. The visit is supplemented by material and instruction and the discovery process of a drug will be worked through in detail.

Students attend a one-day research conference on an aspect of drug discovery and development organised by the Society for Medicines Research where there is opportunity to interact with leading industrialists and researchers in the field.

1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The business development project is by written report and oral presentation to the class and a judging panel of scientists and managers.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214