University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Drug Discovery and Translational Biology

This programme helps students explore current methods of developing drugs and therapeutic compounds for humans and animals and disease control agents for plants. Students learn about marketing, licensing and regulations, which are all part of the development process. Students investigate the fundamental scientific problems and techniques of drug discovery and design alongside the challenges of developing principles for therapeutic strategies; they also gain experience of crystallographic computer programming and computation for bioinformatics; as part of the transferable skills aspect to the programme. Students also consider the moral and ethical aspects of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries through case studies, seminars and discussions.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or pharmacology; applicants with a background in chemistry, physics or computer science are also to be considered; students with other scientific or medicine backgrounds should contact the Programme Director.

Course modules

Core modules include: applicable mathematics; molecular modelling and database mining; quantitating drug binding; protein structure determination; commercial aspects of drug discovery; project proposal, literature review and research project; ethics in science; preparative methods for structural biology; drug discovery. Optional modules include: bioinformatics 1; chemical medicine; functional genomic technologies; synthetic biology: modelling; biophysical chemistry for msc drug discovery and translational biology; introduction to scientific programming; medicinal chemistry; introduction to website and database design for drug discovery; detailed characterisation of drug or ligand interactions using surface plasmon resonance (SPR); bioinformatics programming and system management; bioinformatics algorithms; management of R&D and product innovation; information processing in biological cells; cancer biology and medicine.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 25,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 25,900 per Whole course (International) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Whole course (England) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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Key information

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MSc Administrator
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0131 650 7052