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.

English language requirements may also apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The rapid transformation in the nature of drug discovery means that knowledge of related disciplines, and the technologies used, is essential for those considering a career in commercial or academic research.

This MSc will help you explore the latest 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 links 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 have hands-on experience of crystallographic computer programming and computation for bioinformatics.

You will consider the moral and ethical aspects of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries through case studies, seminars and discussions.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
0131 651 7052