Taught course

Applied Drug Discovery

University of Kent · Medway School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

A good degree in a relevant subject, (eg, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, applied biology, molecular biology, biomedical science or similar.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme builds on a very successful in-house training programme implemented by a major pharmaceutical company.

It was designed and conceived by pharmaceutical industry experts in drug discovery and will be delivered and assessed by experts in this field at the School of Pharmacy.

The MSc covers how fundamental science is applied to the discovery and development of medicines and the main aims are to:

  • provide you with the experience of critically appraising the research questions and techniques that are routine in the pharmaceutical industry workplace
  • produce graduates trained in the processes by which fundamental science is linked to the design and development of modern medicines
  • provide expert preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in drug discovery, or wish to proceed to a PhD.

Course structure

This programme is taught as either a classic one year full-time programme with attendance required on Mondays and Tuesdays for 48 weeks plus an additional study day off-campus, or delivered through distance e-learning using an interactive virtual learning environment on a two-year part-time basis.

The programme comprises 60 credits at certificate level, 60 credits at diploma level and 60 credits at Master’s level. You may choose to end your study at any one of these stages.


Assessment is by 100% coursework; including scientific reports, assignments, essays, a research project and portfolio entries.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Medway School of Pharmacy (subject enquiries)
+44 (0) 1634 202935