Drug Design and Discovery
School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biomedical Science
Start Dates(s): September; January
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module
UK - £7,560
International - £13,860
- Train for a career in the newly emerging industries of the post-genomic era
- Work at the interface between biology and chemistry
- Excellent career prospects
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
Following completion of the Human Genome Project, the pharmaceutical industry is preparing for a revolution in cancer and inherited disorder therapies. This course is training a new generation of bioscientists to meet challenges at the interface between biology and chemistry, and to apply pharmaceutical and analytical knowledge directly to improve quality of life.
The course develops a broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field of drug design and discovery, with an emphasis on new developments and advances in drug identification, understanding drug pharmacology and novel therapeutics, and appreciating how these topics interact with bioscience businesses and enterprise.
This programme is designed to enable you to gain systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights regarding the analysis of biomolecules. There is particular reference to drug design and discovery, along with a comprehensive and critical understanding of applied techniques and their current application in research in the field of biomolecule analysis and drug design.
This course is aimed at students who wish to acquire the specialised skills needed to design drugs for the 21st century. It is ideal for anyone with primarily either a chemistry or biochemistry based undergraduate degree wishing to broaden their knowledge base. The part-time route is well suited to those who already work in industry as it is possible to carry out research projects within the place of work. Prospective students must be committed to developing their skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors.
Please note: this course was previously called Analytical Bioscience and Drug Design.
Biomedical Research at the University of Salford
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Full or Part-time
The course has both full-time and part-time routes which, for the MSc, comprises three, 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.
For the full-time study option:
- Semester 1 - September to February
- Semester 2 - February to June
- Semester 3 - June to September
The research project aims to provide a mechanism to allow the development of your experimental and investigative skills with subject specific aims in the area of analytical bioscience and drug design and objectives being dependent on the project undertaken.
Examples of Staff Research Interests:
- Biotechnology: plant and insect biotechnologyBiofuels and enzyme discovery
- Cancer Studies: DNA repair mechanisms, function of DNA glycosylases, protein – protein interactions
- Cancer Studies: glycobiology, anticancer drugs
- Parasitology and Diseases: microbiology, bacteriology, microbial pathogenicity, MRSA, antibiotics, antimicrobials
- Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry: free radical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis of anticancer agents
- Development of spectrometry-based techniques to measure biomarkers of DNA, protein and lipid damage and DNA repair
- Pharmacology: biological evaluation of novel anticancer agents
- Drug Design, medicinal and organic chemistry: design and synthesis of anticancer drugs.
- Natural Products: Isolation and evaluation