Taught course

Drug Discovery and Translational Biology

University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or pharmacology. Applicants with a background in chemistry, physics or computer science will also be considered. Students with other scientific or medicine backgrounds should contact the Programme Director. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Pharmaceuticals have traditionally been developed from herbal remedies or from the screening for beneficial effects of natural or synthetic chemicals. Today, the process of drug discovery is being transformed by technology.

This MSc will help you explore current methods of developing drugs and therapeutic compounds for humans and animals and disease control agents for plants. You will learn about marketing, licensing and regulations, which are all part of the development process.

Our multidisciplinary approach will help you link structural biology, bioinformatics, chemistry and pharmacology.

You will investigate the fundamental scientific problems and techniques of drug discovery and design alongside the challenges of developing principles for new therapeutic strategies. You will also gain hands-on experience of crystallographic computer programming and computation for bioinformatics.

As part of the transferable skills aspect to the programme, you will consider the moral and ethical aspects of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries through case studies, seminars and discussions.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

MSc Administrator
+44 (0) 131 651 7052