Drug Discovery Science
Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science
This course covers the drug discovery and design techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll study topics such as pharmacology, toxicology and genomics as you learn how target molecules to treat specific diseases are identified, characterised and optimised for potential clinical trials.
Your 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 you a complete picture of the drug discovery process.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.
- Laboratory practicals
- Individual research projects
- Literature review
- Dissertation and viva
1 year full-time
Graduates from this course are well trained for roles working on drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry and graduates from the department regularly find jobs at major pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. The course also gives you excellent foundations for a PhD in medicinal science.
You'll 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
The minimum entry requirement is 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.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 (0)114 22 29500
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.