University of Bath

University of Bath

Chemistry for Drug Discovery

The aim of the course is to provide experience and training in the chemical aspects of the drug discovery process, and involves a combination of lecture based units, research training and a research project. The course is ideal for someone considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, or as a stepping stone to a PhD in a related area. The course gives students an understanding of the development of new drugs; from the cellular processes that are important to target, through to the synthesis of new medicinal compounds. Students will be given advanced training in teaching laboratories, which will lead to their individual Masters Drug Discovery research project. The course is made up of 3 semesters over 12 months. Over this time students cover 90 credits worth of units, which include 12 credits of optional units per semester. The first 2 semesters consist of taught material, including Advanced Practical Laboratories, with exams at the end of each semester. The 3rd semester is focused on the student's practical project which is carried out in the research labs.

Entry requirements

1st degree (UK 1st or 2.1 or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Postgraduate training module; advanced group work in practical chemistry; chemistry of the cell; the chemistry of physiology and drug properties; preparation for research project; major therapeutic areas; blockbuster drugs; organic and inorganic aspects of homogeneous catalysis; research project. Optional modules: techniques in drug discovery; topics in organic chemistry; future of drug discovery; synthesis of medical compounds; supramolecular chemistry; physical organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry in biological systems; research topics in natural products; chemistry beyond the molecule.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 19,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

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Contact: 
Faculty of Science Graduate School
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01225 383410