Taught course

Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) related to biology or chemistry including (but not restricted to) pharmacy, pharmacology, biochemistry, genetics, life sciences, natural sciences, biomedical sciences

IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each element.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn how to develop treatments for some of the world’s most challenging diseases of our time. You will develop key aspects of the drug discovery journey, from initial concept through to clinical treatment.

You will establish practical and professional skills from both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Life Sciences. You'll have:

  • exposure to a variety of teaching experiences
  • staff working in or collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry
  • access to both schools seminar programs including reputed scientific speakers
  • use of a variety of laboratories across both Schools and the University of Nottingham Biodiscovery Institute

A dedicated supervisor will support you during your research project. You will work alongside our researchers who are transforming lives and improving societies.

Previous topics have included:

  • Evaluation of new computational methods to predict bioactive conformations of cyclic peptides
  • Targeting protease inhibitors to the gut-associated lymphoid tissues for improved treatment of HIV/AIDS
  • Investigating the role of protein kinase C (PKC) in breast cancer cell

On this course, you will learn about topics such as:

  • the historical and modern-day drug discovery process
  • organic chemistry relating to currently marketed drugs
  • Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK)
  • clinical usage of current drugs
  • pharmacotherapy of major human diseases and disorders
  • an understanding of disease biology and how it impacts upon human health
  • an understanding of how and why drugs fail or succeed in the drug discovery process
  • apply solutions to practical problems in pharmacology, drug discovery and pharmaceutical science

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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