Taught course

Drug Discovery

University of Bath · Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Entry requirements

You should have a first or strong second-class Bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a chemistry (or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry), biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed in consultation with industry experts, this course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology who are looking to move into the exciting field of drug development.

You will become familiar with a range of concepts and research techniques in drug discovery including target identification and validation, screening platforms, optimisation of small molecule drugs and biotherapeutics, and the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Depending on your undergraduate degree, you will also follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to gain a strong background in both disciplines, strengthening your subject-related and practical skills appropriate to your career aspirations.

As a Drug Discovery graduate, you’ll be well equipped for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research in medicinal chemistry, biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Recent graduates are working in a range of companies as research scientists, as well as in roles such as process chemist, bioanalytical scientist, and Regulatory Affairs Officer.

Course highlights

  • Study at a Top 10 University, on a course developed in consultation with industry experts to ensure you graduate with the specific science skills sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Benefit from the expertise of leading academics from both the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry, ensuring your teaching covers the latest developments in these fields.
  • The opportunity to study optional units tailored to your specific areas of interest.
  • A dedicated Personal Tutor who you can go to for academic and non-academic support

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out about funding opportunities at the University of Bath.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385115