Taught course

Drug Design and Discovery

University of Salford · School of Environment and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

This course is recommended for applicants who want to develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors. It is ideal progression for chemistry or biochemistry graduates seeking to broaden their knowledge base. The part-time route is well-suited to applicants who already work in industry, as there will be opportunities to complete workplace-related research projects.

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Human Genome Project and the rapid COVID-19 vaccine development highlight how translational approaches can lead to the development of new medications and therapies. Build the knowledge and skills to work in this exciting scientific field with our Drug Design and Discovery postgraduate degree.

Designed to nurture the next generation of bioscientists, our course enables science graduate and pharmaceutical industry professionals to build scientific methods and transferable, problem-solving skills. You can use knowledge developed on the course to pursue roles where your can improve quality of life, treat long-standing diseases and inherited disorders and apply antimicrobials against multidrug-resistant strains of bacteria.

Led by highly-experienced, research-focused academics, and delivered in our world-class laboratory setting, our course integrates classical natural products-based drug discovery methods with the exploration of molecular target-based drug discovery and molecular modelling. Collectively, this approach aims to nurture your in-depth knowledge of drug discovery and development.

You will:

  • Learn where chemistry, nanotechnology and genome technology is pushing the boundaries of biomedical research
  • Acquire strong training in drug synthesis and analytical methods, natural product chemistry and molecular modelling
  • Develop scientific methods and transferable skills relevant to a wide variety of scientific and professional careers in medical and pharmaceutical industries

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 295 4545