University of Sheffield, UK is inviting applications for MSc Drug Discovery Science course

The University of Sheffield, UK is inviting applications for MSc Drug Discovery Science course starting in September 2021.

The course will help the students to find out how scientists discover chemical candidates for new pharmaceuticals. Students on the course will learn how to meet the pharmaceutical industry’s increasing demands for drugs that can treat illnesses safely and more effectively, overcome antibiotic resistance, and be produced at a lower financial and environmental cost.

This course covers the drug discovery and design techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry. Students will learn study topics such as pharmacology, toxicology and genomics as they learn how drug-like molecules to treat specific diseases are identified, characterised and optimised for potential clinical trials.

Student’s training will cover the fundamental chemistry and biology of protein interactions, their role in disease and how drugs affect the human body. You’ll learn about computer-aided drug design techniques that are used to predict how well a potential drug might work and screening technologies that are used to test a drug’s effect on its molecular targets.

The course is taught by world-leading scientists from across chemistry, biology, engineering and medicine. It brings together the University of Sheffield’s expertise to give students a complete picture of the drug discovery process.

Duration 1 year full-time

Facilities – Students will have access to expertise and equipment in the state-of-art research facilities and centres, including:

· Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility, where researchers can perform whole-genome screening experiments using Drosophila cells

· Centre for Stem Cell Biology, where scientists are using pluripotent stem cells as a route to new drugs and treatments

· Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, which has a dedicated Drug Discovery Suite and new technologies based on robotics and AI

· Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility, with equipment and expertise in proteomics, metabolomics and isotope ratio analysis

· Wolfson Light Microscopy Facility, which has confocal, widefield, light-sheet fluorescence and super-resolution light microscopy systems

Eligibility- A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent in chemistry, biology, pharmacy or another relevant subject. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential are also encouraged to apply.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fee – The Overseas students (202o annual fee): is £23,750 and the fee for 2021 is yet to be announced.

For further information https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses/2020/drug-discovery-science-msc or contact – chem-pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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