Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in September 2021 may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.
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Gain knowledge and practical skills in drug discovery science from target identification through to getting a drug to market.
This course is aimed at students with a background in chemistry, biosciences, pharmacy or pharmacology. You will become familiar with a range of concepts and research techniques in drug discovery including target identification and validation, screening platforms, optimisation of small molecule drugs and biotherapeutics, and the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
Depending on your undergraduate degree, you will also follow either a biology or chemistry training track alongside your drug discovery studies. This will enable you to gain a strong background in both disciplines and develop subject-related and practical skills appropriate to your career aspirations.
You’ll be taught by academics from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry, benefitting from the expertise of both departments.
The course has been developed in consultation with industry experts, so you will graduate with the core science skills that are highly sought after by the pharmaceutical industry.
You'll gain the knowledge and practical skills for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or for further postgraduate study and research in medicinal chemistry, biomedical sciences and pharmacology.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2022. Welcome week starts on 27 September 2021.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Techniques for drug discovery
Preparation for a research project
Plus choose one from:
Physiology, pathology and pharmacology
Organic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry
Same compulsory units as semester 1
Plus optional units
Optional course units
These are examples of optional units currently being studied by our students or are proposed new units.
Synthesis of medicinal compounds
Research topics in natural products
Opportunity generation, assessment and development
Drug targets in the immune system
The molecular biology and treatment of cancer
Towards precision medicine
Learning and assessment
Multiple choice examination
Recognition of professional qualifications
As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).
The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.
‘If you start now getting expertise in this area, you can achieve big things.’
Carlos Domingo PalaciosMSc Drug Discovery (2020)
You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in chemistry (or chemistry-related subject, such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry), biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery or biomedical sciences.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
MSc Drug Discovery case study. Carlos's story: 'My Career in My Hands' from University of Bath on Vimeo.
Fees and funding
Home tuition fees: £11,000
Overseas tuition fees: £25,000
You may need to purchase your own laboratory coat and safety spectacles for an approximate cost of £25.
How to pay
Tuition fee loans
If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.
Other payment options
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.
As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of scanning and photocopying. You should budget at least £100 for this.
Some courses involve engagement away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs for these optional events.