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Drug Discovery and Development MSc

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Have a positive impact on society by discovering new medicines that will improve lives

The use of pharmaceuticals to treat global and regional health issues, such as obesity, malaria, tuberculosis or cancer, requires the combined effort of multiple areas of science and medicine alongside the commercial sector. Now, more than ever, we need well-trained cross-functional specialists willing to work towards a positive impact on society by finding and developing new medicines to help treat disease.

This programme will offer you exposure to a range of fields spanning the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry, clinical research, and pharmaceutical commercialisation. As a result, upon graduation, you’ll already be equipped with the skills necessary to work for large pharmaceutical companies, small biotech companies, contract research organisations, government regulatory bodies and many more. Our dedicated Employability and Professional Development Team will also support you with skill-building and opportunities to ensure you’re able to secure a graduate role.

The multidisciplinary aspect of the programme means you will be taught by experts from the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Chemistry, the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the Business School, as well as experts currently working in the pharma sector. This breadth of topics will provide you with a tailored experience to gain exposure to the aspects you are most interested in, offering you the opportunity to focus on aspects of medicinal chemistry, molecular pharmacology and preclinical/clinical drug development.

Course highlights

  • This course is shaped by our world-leading research in areas of chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, structural/molecular biology, pharmacology and biomedical sciences.
  • When applying for graduate jobs, you’ll already have valuable experiences to refer to, such as our drug commercialisation project, replicating a real-world industry setting.
  • There’s a wide range of modules to choose from meaning you can choose a specialisation pathway based on your experience and interests – either medicinal chemistry, molecular pharmacology or biomedical science, reflecting the different career areas within the pharmaceutical discovery and development pipeline.
  • Undertaking a substantive lab-based project will build on your expertise and confidence, while gaining new research skills that will prepare you for the professional lab environment.
  • You will be taught by experts from the multidisciplinary Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, meaning you will learn from both medicinal chemists and structural molecular biologists to gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Our close links with the pharma industry and the clinical trials unit in the Faculty of Medicine and Health means you will gain valuable real-world insight into drug discovery and clinical drug development.

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University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 46 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    147 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100.0 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%



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