Taught course

Structural Biology and Rational Drug Design

University of Essex · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2, or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as: Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science(s), Genetics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Chemistry.

Your degree should contain some Biology/Medical components including: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Drug Design, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology.

We will also consider applicants with backgrounds in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Data Science, Bioinformatics or Computer Science degrees on a case by case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to be at the forefront of modern day drug design? Structural biology has become a critical discipline for addressing the health challenges of the 21st century, from resurging drug resistance to personalised cancer treatments. Increasingly, it is a staple tool for any aspiring modern scientist in the field of biomedical sciences.

Our MSc Structural Biology and Rational Drug Design degree allows you to understanding how macromolecules are organised and how they function on an atomic level. This is particularly important in designing tailor-made drugs, which target specific macromolecules on the molecular level, whilst minimising side effects.

This research-led teaching programme is designed to give you the in-depth theoretical background required to understand the key concepts of structural biology. The research project will involve lab-based training, which will provide you with the essential hands-on experience in a range of state-of-the-art methods. A significant part of the course will be dedicated to computational biology and computer-aided drug design, equipping you with the valuable translational skills for your career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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