Drug Discovery and Development
Contribute to the discovery and development of drugs that could potentially improve the health and well-being of millions of people. Join a field where the UK has long been a leader and study in one of the country’s top locations for pharmaceutical science.
This course is an innovative, industry-orientated taught Masters programme offering a broad coverage of the pharmaceutical sciences with scope for developing a specialisation in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis or drug design.
In the context of current global pharmaceutical R&D, the course covers advanced pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis, drug design, pharmacology, the biology of disease, proteomics and pharmacogenomics. You will also cover regulatory processes for medicines, in line with ICH guidelines. It is a direct response to employers’ search for postgraduates who have the optimum mix of theoretical and practical skills to be able to make an immediate contribution to frontline modern drug development.
The course mixes taught elements in a compact timetable with self-directed research. The topic of the project or dissertation is designed collaboratively to fit both your personal interests and the expertise of Sunderland's supportive tutors. It will involve typical industry-style problem solving perhaps even with pharmaceutical company partnership.
A 3 year (4 year for Engineering) graduation degree from an AICTE / UGC recognised University - 55% (52% for Computing and Engineering programmes; 50% MBA programme with some experience)
A 3 year (4 year for Engineering) graduation degree from an AICTE / UGC recognised University - 57-60% (depending on reputation of University).
English language Requirements
We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. The standard of English language required varies between courses so please check each course page carefully.
If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.
Pearson Test of English Academic
You need an overall score of 56 with no less than 51 in each skill.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
You need grade C or above.
Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)
You need grade C or above.
O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language
You need grade C or above (UK Exam board).
Malaysian SPM 1119
You need grade 6 or above (only grades 1, 2 or 3 are acceptable for Law).
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II
You need Merit or Distinction.
Degree in English
If you have another qualification not listed above, contact the International Office for advice. If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Essential Pharmaceutical Science Research & Study Skills
- Pharmaceutical R&D: Sciences and Regulation
- Science and Technology for Drug Discovery
- Science and Technology for Drug Development
Choose one Masters module:
- Double Project
- Double Dissertation
- Single Project (30 credits) plus Single Dissertation
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available, Please visit university website for more information.
The annual fee for this course is:
- £7,000 if you are from the UK/Europe*
- £14,000 if you are an international student
Graduates from this course can pursue a variety of careers in the following areas: Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Research, Pre-clinical Research in Experimental and Biological Studies, Formulation and Product Development, Pharmacogenomics and Proteomics, Clinical Research, Product Registration, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
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