2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue
MSc Drug Discovery and Development
|Programme code:||MSC-BSGS/DDD||UCAS code:|
|Duration:||12 Months||Method of Attendance:||Full Time|
|Programme manager:||Dr Dan Donnelly||Contact address:||D.Donnelly@leeds.ac.uk|
Total credits: 180
Normally a 2:1 or equivalent, preferably in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, pharmacy or pharmacology subject. Consideration will be given to applicants holding a 2:2 but who have 2:1 level marks in modules relevant to the programme. [SES admissions team to be supplied with a rubric of module titles required to be 2:1 level].
Standard English requirements apply.
School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:
Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Examination board through which the programme will be considered:
Masters Taught Student Education Examination Board
Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:
Students will be expected to demonstrate the characteristics embodied in the QAA Qualifications Frameworks level descriptors for Masters degrees (https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/master's-degree-characteristics-statement.pdf).
The programme will provide an integrated understanding of the pathways of drug discovery, development and exploitation and will highlight the interdisciplinary and 'problem-based' nature of research in this area. Students with a range of relevant undergraduate backgrounds (e.g. chemistry/pharmacology/biochemistry/pharmaceutical science/biomedical science) will be recruited.
The programme’s material will cover the key techniques and methodology used in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology to discover and develop new drugs for therapeutic use. After introducing the pharmaceutical business sector, the programme covers the main scientific background disciplines at undergraduate foundation level in order to ensure the diverse intake of students have studied the key disciplines (organic chemistry, human physiology, pharmacology, etc.) they may have missed in their particular undergraduate programme. There are then a number of modules that cover all parts of the drug discovery pipeline (ligand- and structure-based drug discovery, preclinical and clinical safety and efficacy testing, and product commercialisation). This will provide students with a deep understanding of core elements of the discipline, and a good appreciation of the broader context and regulatory framework of the industry. Additional modules focus on more specialist areas and the acquisition of technical skills necessary for drug discovery and development. Dependent on the students’ background and interests, these modules include advanced topics in chemistry, practical recombinant DNA technology, animal models and handling, advanced data analysis techniques, or other optional modules. The course material will be reinforced through deductive problems and student-led activities allowing students to exploit a diverse range of skills, to appreciate the advantages and limitations of each research approach, and to be prepared for the necessarily inquisitive nature of research. The approach is highly interdisciplinary, and will equip students to work in such broad-based teams.
Students will cap their Masters programme by undertaking an extended research project supervised by research-active academic staff and it is expected that a large proportion of the projects will be interdisciplinary. The world class research facilities and the range of expertise at Leeds means that students will be able to select the research approaches which are most suited to the biological/medicinal chemistry problem in hand. The initial report will require students to appreciate the background to the research problem, to formulate hypotheses, to propose a programme of work and to explain which of the proposed approaches is best suited to address the underlying research problem. The research work will be conducted within the vigorous research atmosphere fostered by the wide range of medicinal chemistry, structural molecular biology and drug-related research at the University of Leeds.
Year1 - View timetable
Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
|BIOL5123M||Drug Discovery and Development Pathways||5 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|BIOL5134M||Commercialising pharmaceutical products||10 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|BIOL5371M||Research Planning and Scientific Communication||10 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|CHEM3013||Foundations of Drug Discovery||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|CHEM5107M||Modern Drug Discovery||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
Candidates will be required to study the following optional modules from Sub-set A, B and C:
Sub-set A: Candidates will be required to take ONE compulsory 80 credit Research Project module from the following:
|BIOL5392M||Bioscience MSc Research Project||80 credits||1 Apr to 31 Aug|
|CHEM5501M||Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses||80 credits||1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)|
Students will be guided in their choice of project by the programme leader and team.
Sub-set B: Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:
|BIOL5373M||Protein Engineering Laboratory Project||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|BMSC5120M||Drug Development: Pre-clinical||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|BMSC5230M||Animal Models in Drug Development||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|CHEM5608M||Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|CHEM5616M||Advanced Topics in Chemistry||30 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
Subset C: Candidates will be required to study 15 credits of optional modules.
|BIOL5278M||Pharmaceutical Development: Clinical||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|BIOL5312M||Bioimaging||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|BMSC5231M||Structure-based Drug Discovery||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|MEDM5231M||Cancer Drug Development||15 credits||1 Jan to 30 Apr|
Candidates must ensure a balance of credits across semester, and seek advice from the programme leader, where necessary.
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