University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Drug Discovery and Development

To provide a research based degree that will help students find a career developing and expanding drug discovery. To achieve this, the course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of drug action and metabolism, drug discovery and development, mechanisms of drug action, therapeutics as well as two focused research projects in the broad area of drug discovery. The taught part of the course extends over 1 term, consisting of lectures and practical classes in addition to tutorials, seminars.

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for graduates with an Honours degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard (a 2.2 degree) in medicine, pharmacology, pharmacy or a relevant science subject (e.g. biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biology); applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to demonstrate competency in English language (at least 6.5 in IELTS or a TOEFL iBT score of at least 90).

Course modules

1st half-session: Induction course; molecular pharmacology; drug metabolism and toxicology; therapeutics; computing; statistics; generic skills. 2nd half-session: Involves 2 research projects where original research is carried out over 4 months each. The research undertaken is linked to the areas of interest of the staff in the College but special interests may be accommodated. The project is written up in the form of a thesis.

Assessment methods

Each course has its own assessment based on continuous assessment of practical and course work, and a written degree examination. Progression to a research project is dependent on performance in the individual courses. The projects are assessed by the submission of thesis and viva examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

CLSM Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01224 272000