University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Drug Discovery and Protein Biotechnology

Students learn the design and potential uses of different families of proteins and examine the experiences of successful entrepreneurs in the field who have been involved in the commercialisation of biopharmaceuticals. Students' research projects focus on the early phases of an industrial biologics design programme.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent in biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, molecular biology, pharmacology or related sciences; other scientific backgrounds are considered on a case-by-case basis; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

Core modules include: biologics and protein design; commercial aspects of drug discovery; high throughput drug discovery; in silico drug discovery; introduction to modelling biological systems; measuring drug binding; molecular modelling; professional skills in drug discovery; systems approach to modelling cell signal transduction. Optional modules include: chemistry for drug discovery; computing skills for drug discovery; druggable systems; introduction to biological kinetics.

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Online study - 1 years
MSc Online study - 2 years
PgDip Online study - 2 years

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