This multidisciplinary one year programme is intended to act as a springboard into the fine chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors for those with a good first degree in chemistry.
You will widen your knowledge of chemistry and will develop new skills and competencies in a range of areas key to drug discovery, including synthesis, molecular modelling, toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and information science.
The programme includes a multidisciplinary project, and has course components delivered by industry experts.
Applicants must have a minimum of a high 2(i) degree in chemistry, or equivalent
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English language requirements
In order to undertake a programme of study here at the University, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications. The sections below will tell you what grades you need in these qualifications for the subject area you want to study.
Some degree programmes have slightly higher requirements than those stated here. When this is so, we will ensure that you are informed using the contact details you have provided on your application. If you have been instructed and assessed in English language at a recognised institution, you may be exempt from these requirements.
The course is designed to give chemists with a first degree a good understanding of how synthetic organic chemistry provides the foundation for the discovery of new medicines.
Course content is aimed at developing chemistry skills in the context of drug design, for example through lectures and interactive sessions with industry experts, molecular modelling and an extended multidisciplinary project.
Topics span chemistry, natural products and synthesis, through to metabolism, pharmacology and information, patents and IPR.
Total Synthesis of Natural Products
Natural products and their analogues are an important focus for the pharmaceutical industry, and synthetic methodology employed in academic synthetic work is important in making drug candidates.
Overview of bioinorganic chemistry, metals in medicine, biological carbohydrate chemistry.
Molecular Modelling in Drug Discovery
An interactive and practical course on molecular modelling.
Metabolism and Excretion of Xenobiotics
The module describes the disposition of foreign compounds within the body of living organisms. It covers the methods used to study xenobiotic metabolism; their absorption and distribution and excretion, and includes the application of molecular biology techniques to drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics.
Pharmacology of Drug Discovery and Development
Including aspects of lead compound identification, preclinical assessment, clinical trials.
Essentials of Medicinal Chemistry R&D and Process Development
Delivered by industry experts, this course will take students through the scientific, inventive and commercial aspects of turning an organic ‘hit’ molecule into a clinical medicine.
Information, Patents and IPR in the Pharma Sector
Delivered by industry experts, this course will help students to understand information, sources of information (databases), search strategies, intellectual property and patents.
An extended multi-disciplinary project.
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