Our two-year MSc course blends the two fundamental disciplines underpinning drug discovery.
- Practise background theory within the productive, research-led environments offered by the School of Pharmacy.
- Benefit from world-leading expertise in the areas of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science .
- Learn directly from staff at the forefront of the field.
The course is technology-rich, using online learning packages to supplement face-to-face teaching and innovative assessment methods.
The second year of the course has been developed in conjunction with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure currency and relevance, and to increase the future employability of graduates. Our aim is to train future leaders in the pharmaceutical sector.
The placement year with one of our industrial partners is arranged and guaranteed upon completion of a successful application and interview process. You will pay reduced tuition fees for the second year of the course, as you focus on your industrial training.
Placements are still available in chemistry, biosciences and drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be shortlisted for interview based on their whole application, including the personal statement. Your personal statement should include:
- Why you are applying for this course, and why to the University of Nottingham in particular
- Why you wish to pursue a career in drug discovery
- How this course will help you achieve your long-term career goals, and why the industrial placement is key to this
- What makes you suitable for this course compared to other applicants
- What type of placement you would like to be considered for (Biosciences, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK), or Synthetic Organic Chemistry)
The interview will include a technical component, which will involve questions relating to your selected placement preference(s). In the case of a synthetic organic chemistry placement, questions will focus on theoretical organic chemistry, synthesis and retrosynthesis. Interview dates are to be confirmed, however are likely to take place in early July. Offer-holders will be expected to accept their offer within a specified deadline.
To secure your place, you will need to pay a £2000 deposit. This will form part of your conditional offer as there are a limited number of placements offered in advance by providers. Once the deposit is paid and any other offer conditions are met, your place on the course is guaranteed. The deposit will be used to offset your tuition fee for the first year.
If you are unable to secure a place on the two-year course, after meeting initial eligibility criteria, you will be guaranteed an offer for the one-year course (accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry). This course incorporates the same high quality taught module component but replaces the industrial placement year with a three-month research project at the University.