University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Drug Discovery

This course combines fundamental principles of drug design with aspects of drug screening and the application of these approaches to key disease areas. The majority of the course is a 6-8 month research project carried out in a research laboratory on a topic related to drug discovery. SIPBS has strong track record in the development of new drugs for important diseases such as a cancer and cardiovascular disease, and research topics on offer will reflect the breadth of research being carried out by academic staff.

Entry requirements

All students are admitted as prospective MChem Honours students.
The entry requirements differ depending on the course and are largely a reflection of whether the course carries single or dual professional accreditation. The grades specified should be understood as minimum entry requirements that may be raised at times of exceptional demand. If it is necessary to do this, the higher standard will be applied fairly to the complete applicant field in any given year.

Course modules

To support the research project, students will also take several taught classes. These will cover a range of research skills, including academic writing, statistics, project management, and ethics. Key techniques are developed through a laboratory class in chemical or biomedical methods, and either bioassays or bioanalytical methods including structural elucidation. Students also take a lecture class that covers plants and natural products, molecular modelling, and drug development and discovery in industry, and will be able to take an optional class in one of the following: drug delivery; molecular biology; pharmacology; pharmaceutical materials and formulation; toxicology.

Assessment methods

Assessment of taught classes is through written assignments and practical reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland

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