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Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

University of East Anglia (UEA)

UCAS Course code B211


Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on living organisms. You’ll examine the way drugs work to combat disease and, combined with drug discovery, you will learn how new drugs are designed, synthesised and manufactured. The Pharmacology Drug Discovery programme is the only MSci of its type in the UK and is innovative in it’s multidisciplinary approach.

The course brings together scientific disciplines - biology, chemistry and physical sciences – around the context of disease and medicines. Within integrated modules, you’ll learn about the major diseases and science behind the drugs used to treat them. We also include business studies to provide you with an understanding of management practice focussed around the pharmaceutical industry; vital tools to working in today’s corporate world.

You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of academic staff, including pharmacologists, cell biologists and medicinal chemists. Their teaching and assessment methods include practical lab work, problem-based learning, research and business management projects. So you can be sure you’ll receive world-class teaching in biology, chemistry and pharmacology, preparing you for a range of exciting careers in academia, health or the pharmaceutical industry.

Course Structure

Year 1
In your first year you’ll gain a solid base for understanding how drugs work, what they target, and how they’re developed. You’ll be introduced to medicinal chemistry, principles of pharmacology and neuropharmacology, drug delivery and pharmacokinetics. You’ll then apply your knowledge in laboratory practicals.

You’ll also take a course in business studies at the Norwich Business School, which will provide you with an understanding of the world of management and the key concepts of management practice.

Year 2
In your second year you’ll apply your knowledge to individual systems of the body. You’ll explore topics such as cancer, infectious disease and immunology, plus the diseases and medicines of the cardiovascular, renal and gastro-intestinal systems. In studying the central nervous system you’ll learn about neurodegenerative disease and mental health. You’ll also develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of medicinal chemistry - how drugs are designed and synthesised. The practical component supports your learning including a series of molecular pharmacology practicals to give you hand-on experience of techniques used in current pharmacological research.

Year 3
In the third year, you will have the opportunity to select from further modules covering a broad range of biology, drug discovery and pharmacology topics. Furthermore, you will learn about the drug pipeline, including more in depth drug discovery, in vivo studies and clinical trials and toxicology of drugs. You will speak about science and pharmaceutical research to general audiences. Finally, in collaboration with the Norwich Business School, you will take a course in project management. This course will provide you with key management skills required for your future career, including the ability to create, plan, and deliver as part of a team that manages real projects for external sponsors.

Year 4
In the final year, you will exploit your knowledge from the first three years and perform a comprehensive final year project in collaboration with a research active faculty member. Your project will focus on the pharmacology, drug design or delivery in one of many areas, including the major contemporary challenges of cancer, inflammation, age-related disorders and epigenetics. You will complement this with topics encompassing the latest research and future directions in pharmacology and drug discovery.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Award: MSci
Professional Qualification
4 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

University Ranking

Times HE UK: 25

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