Taught course

Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Training

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

All applicants must either have obtained, or be on track for a minimum 2:1 (upper second class) degree (or equivalent) with significant chemistry content.

Applicants need to supply a full transcript of completed modules. Example first degrees include (but are not restricted to) chemistry, biochemistry, natural sciences, pharmacology, life sciences, pharmacy. All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and submitting a credible personal statement would be considered for interview. Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. Offers will only be made where a placement is available, and will need to be accepted within a limited timeframe. All applicants meeting the entry requirements but who are unsuccessful in their application or interview will automatically be offered a place on the one-year MSc in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

IELTS: 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in each element)

Months of entry


Course content

Our pioneering two-year MSc programme is unique in the UK, and builds on the foundations of our very successful one-year programme in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, and industry standard training.

The course blends the two fundamental disciplines underpinning drug discovery and provides students with the opportunity to practise background theory within the productive, research-led environments offered by the School of Pharmacy. This school has world-leading expertise in the areas of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science, and students on this course will have the chance to learn directly from staff at the forefront of the field.

The course is technology-rich, using online learning packages to supplement face-to-face teaching and innovative assessment methods.

The second year of the course has been developed in conjunction with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure currency and relevance, and to increase the future employability of graduates. Our aim is to train future leaders in the pharmaceutical sector.

The placement year with one of our industrial partners is arranged and guaranteed upon completion of a successful application and interview process. You will pay reduced tuition fees for the second year of the course, as you focus on your industrial training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559