Taught course

Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

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

The overall aim of the course is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, and practical and professional skills in the area of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science.

The drug discovery process from ‘concept to clinic’ provides the reference point for the education and training delivered in the more specific scientific and regulatory aspects.

This course will give you:

  • a critical understanding of the disease/disorder biology and how it impacts upon human health
  • knowledge in normal and abnormal pharmacology and bodily function, with an understanding of how and why drugs are either rejected or taken forward for future development
  • skills in physicochemical and pharmacological principles alongside the regulatory processes necessary for new medicine discovery and entry into the clinic
  • knowledge of the process of drug design and development so you apply to practical problems in pharmacology, drug discovery and pharmaceutical science

By taking this course, you will:

  • benefit from a course accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • join a pharmacy school ranked in the world top 10 (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019)
  • be taught by academics from the School of Pharmacy and the School of Life Sciences, providing you with expertise from both disciplines
  • engage with influential scientists from the pharmaceutical industry

Individual research project

As a masters student, you will work alongside researchers who are transforming lives and improving societies. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we were the only school of pharmacy to have 100% of our research graded as 4* in the ‘Impact on Society’ category. This is the highest grade and means our work is world-leading.

Our portfolio of multidisciplinary research is focussed on understanding and developing treatments for some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time. We work globally to achieve this. By joining us, you will have the opportunity to undertake your own research project, supported by a supervisor from the School of Pharmacy or the School of Life Sciences.

Previous topics have included:

  • Designing and making new antimicrobial agents to overcome existing antimicrobial resistance
  • Using molecular modelling to understand how ligands interact with a chemokine receptor in novel manner
  • Developing new fluorescence and bioluminescence-based assays to measure the binding of ligands at different receptor targets.
  • In vitro, ex vivo and in vivo pharmacokinetic characterisation of anticancer compounds and their prodrugs designed for targeting the intestinal lymphatic system

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559