University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Drug Discovery

Taught modules comprise 2/3 of the course and cover the entire drug discovery, design and development process including biomolecules as drug targets, target validation, lead finding from synthetic and natural sources, and optimisation through medicinal chemistry. Medicinal chemistry training is backed up by the provision of a working knowledge of advanced organic chemistry, spectroscopy and analytical chemistry.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related discipline which includes courses in organic chemistry. Alternative qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Selection is based upon a candidate�s application, references and undergarduate degree transcript. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall 6.5 (minimum by component 6.0).

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Advanced medicinal chemistry; advanced spectroscopy; advanced topics in organic chemistry; analytical techniques in drug discovery; biomolecules and medicinal chemistry; computer modelling of drugs and biomolecules; management, communication and IT skills; research project; toxicology.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a research project and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,400 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,400 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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