Taught course

Drug Discovery and Development

University of Aberdeen · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

A good first degree in Medicine, a Biological Science or Pharmacy is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to equip students for careers in the development, use and knowledge of new and current drugs. To achieve this, the course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of drug discovery and development, mechanisms of drug action, preclinical and clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

The taught part of the course extends over two terms, consisting of approximately 100 hours of lectures and 10 days of practical classes in addition to tutorials, seminars and clinically-based tuition. External experts are invited to give specialist lectures as part of the high quality taught programme. MSc only: each student carries out an original research project. First Half-Session: Induction, Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Development and Discovery, Drug Metabolism & Toxicology, Therapeutics, Computing, Statistics, Generic Skills and IT Skills. Second Half-Session: Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacokinetics and a choice of options courses. A thesis involving an in depth study of a research question is carried out over 16 weeks of the programme. The study undertaken is linked to the areas of interest of the teaching and research staff in the College but special interests may be accommodated.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1224 437096
+44 (0)1224 550708