Taught course

Drug Discovery with Industrial Training MSc

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Applicants must either have obtained, or be on track for, a minimum 2:1 (or international equivalent) with significant chemistry content; example first degrees include (but are not restricted to) chemistry, biochemistry, natural sciences, pharmacology, life sciences, pharmacy; applicants will also need to supply a full transcript of completed modules.

IELTS: 7.5 with at least 7.0 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.

Spend your second year training with our pharmaceutical industrial partners such as Sygnature Discovery Ltd based in Nottingham or national partner GlaxoSmithKline. This provides a unique opportunity to gain work-place experiences such as transferable leadership skills.

Your research portfolio forms part of your compulsory second year training. It's designed around the Registered Scientist (RSci) qualification. This gives you the opportunity to independently submit your portfolio towards the application.

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

  • to communicate complex ideas through a variety of formats, such as a simulated pitch to drug discovery investors for funding
  • core practical skills in key areas that underpin drug discovery, such as synthesis of drugs, and in vitro and in vivo analysis

You will benefit from a range of teaching approaches and methods from experts collaborating with, or working in, the pharmaceutical industry.

A dedicated supervisor will support you during your research project. You will work alongside our researchers who are transforming lives and improving societies. Our small group learning environment can help you settle in quickly and form a lasting network of connections.

We are a world top 5 university for pharmacy and pharmacology from the QS World Rankings by subject 2021.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations1
Written coursework / continuous assessment1
Professional practice1
Oral exam1

Course contact details

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