Imperial College London

Course Introduction

This programme provides an understanding of the current global state of drug discovery together with insights into future directions. Students gain knowledge of the drug discovery process from emerging technologies and drug target selection through to clinical trials and regulatory aspects, and are challenged to develop their own ideas on how to focus academic and industrial research to meet the pressing challenges of drug discovery.

Course Modules

Modules include: standard drug discovery model; small molecule drugs; biologicals; molecular interactions in proteins and enzymes; what makes a good drug: overview on target validation; systems approaches in drug discovery; chemical genetics; target selection and biomarkers; protein modelling strategies; 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; getting drugs to market; financing and protecting drug discovery; designing clinical trials; current therapeutic challenges; infection; cardiovascular disease; cancer; inflammation and COPD; neruodegenerative diseases.

Course Additional Entry

2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, particularly in subjects such as chemistry, pharmacy, physics, biochemistry and medicine. Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements) or equivalent qualification.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £30,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £10,700  Academic year. First year home fees