New degree to boost next generation of drug discovery

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04 Apr 2013 14:50:31.390
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A new postgraduate science degree is aiming to boost the next generation of drug discovery, from ‘concept to clinic.’

Launching in September 2013, the University of Nottingham’s one-year MSc in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences draws on world-leading expertise from the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

Designed to equip its students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, complemented by teaching in chemistry, biology and medicines regulation, the degree aims to develop well-rounded graduates with exceptional scientific understanding and a host of transferable skills critical for the global pharmaceutical industry.
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The new programme comes at an important time for the pharmaceutical industry, as it seeks to streamline research and development activities alongside a more aggressive development of licensing new medicines from SMEs and education institutions.

Students will gain important industrial experience working with companies to develop drugs to contribute to the global demand of new medicine development.

Professor Kevin Shakesheff, Head of the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, said: “I am delighted that we are launching this masters degree in drug discovery and pharmaceutical sciences. At a time of significant change within the pharmaceutical industry, this cutting-edge programme will contribute to meeting the continuing and changing global employment needs of the pharma industry and provide an outstanding platform on which to build a future research career in new medicines design.”

Graduates from the degree can expect to move into a range of scientific careers, particularly with global pharmaceutical firms and SMEs. It will also provide a strong foundation for further research study at PhD-level. 

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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More information is available from Dr Barrie Kellam, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 9513026, and Dr Stephen Alexander, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham, on + 44 (0) 115 8230182,; or Katherine Lakeland, International Media Relations Manager, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 846 7156,
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