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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.3k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Foreign: $ 37.3k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 568pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    This MRes programme is a one-year stand-alone course that will develop your expertise in multidisciplinary drug discovery research. It will also provide a deep understanding of the current global state of drug discovery together with radical insights into future directions from leaders in the field. You will graduate from the course with a solid knowledge of the drug discovery process from emerging technologies and drug target selection through to clinical trials and regulatory aspects. You will also be challenged to develop your own ideas on how to focus academic and industrial research to meet the pressing challenges of drug discovery. 
    At its conclusion you are expected to be ideally placed to apply your knowledge in industry or to undertake doctoral studies in multidisciplinary drug discovery.

    The course consists of an eight-month interdisciplinary research project, and a taught component on drug discovery science, including lectures, research seminars and group discussion sessions.

    You also attend Journal Club, which is an assessed transferable skills course, which aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.

    At each Journal Club meeting you will work in a group and make a presentation about a seminal high impact paper. This will be followed by a chaired discussion/debate about the paper.

    You will be assessed on your ability to organise the presentation in a logical manner, the use of clear PowerPoint slides, the clarity of the presentation and its scientific content.

    MODULES

    Taught modules currently offered include:

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Standard Drug Discovery Model
    • Small molecule drugs
    • Biologicals
    • Molecular Interactions in Proteins and Enzymes
    • What makes a good drug?

    Module 2 – The right targets

    • Overview on target validation
    • Systems Approaches in Drug Discovery
    • Chemical Genetics
    • Target selection and Biomarkers
    • Protein modelling strategies

    Module 3 – The right drugs

    • In silico drug design
    • Structural biology for drug design
    • Bioanalytical Techniques
    • High throughput screening
    • High content screening
    • Re-purposing drugs
    • Fragment-based drug design
    • Whole animal imaging
    • Gene therapy

    Module 4 – In the clinic

    • Getting drugs to market
    • Financing and protecting drug discovery
    • Designing Clinical Trials
    • Current therapeutic challenges in...
    • Infection
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Cancer
    • Inflammation and COPD
    • Neurodegenerative diseases

    Module 5 – Forming an opinion

    • Keynote lectures from high profile guest speakers covering past, future, and frontiers of the field

    MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROJECT

    The major component of the course is an eight-month long multidisciplinary research project on drug discovery and development, to be written up as a thesis.

    You will select a research project from a range of proposals submitted by collaborating staff, and jointly supervised by at least one physical scientist and one scientist from the biomedical sciences or industry; the lead supervisor will be based at the College.

    The projects are based entirely in the research laboratories of the supervisors, allowing you to benefit from interaction with postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers from each discipline.

    You will also present your research findings at a one day MRes conference held at the beginning of September, which counts towards your overall assessment.

    Satisfactory progress is monitored by a mid-term progress report completed by you and your supervisors. The course directors will regularly request feedback regarding your project progress, logistics and effectiveness of split site working, and will offer additional support whenever necessary.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher  in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Biochemistry and Medicine) from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

    English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 (writing and speaking 6).

    Tuition fees (2015–2016):

    • Home/EU Full-time — £10,450
    • Overseas Full-time — £29,300
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