Taught course

Drug Design

University of Kent · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

Minimum good second class honours degree in a biosciences-related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed for graduates with a biological background and builds on existing core biosciences modules in the area of applied biotechnology. It gives a grounding in the early stage drug discovery process for those interested in careers in biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industry.

The MSc covers application of technologies to early stage drug discovery focusing on target identification, target validation, and lead discovery and design follow-up through understanding protein ligand interactions and biophysics at a molecular level in order to produce good drug candidate molecules via rational drug design.

The programme also includes site visits to biotechnology companies and industry, plus workshops/lectures from invited industrial experts.

Course structure

The MSc in Drug Design involves studying for 120 credits of taught modules, as indicated below. The taught component takes place during the autumn and spring terms, while a 60-credit research project take place over the summer months.

The programme is taught by staff from the Biosciences, Industrial Biotechnology Centre and industrial scientists who all have experience of working with the drug industry (both large pharma and biotech).

In additional to traditional scientific laboratory reports, experience is gained in a range of scientific writing styles relevant to future employment.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Biosciences
+44 (0) 1227 823025