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Oncology Drug Discovery

Queen's University Belfast

Master
12 months
Duration
20800 GBP/year
6140 GBP/year
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About

The Oncology Drug Discovery course at Queen's University Belfast is designed to provide an insight into how existing and future drug targets are identified from biological samples isolated from the cancer clinic. 

Overview

This Oncology Drug Discovery course at Queen's University Belfast will include an industrial viewpoint into what makes an interesting target and how, through an iterative process, this target is validated. 

In addition, lectures will be provided to discuss how ‘hit’ compounds are identified, in both the academic and industrial setting, using compound screen assays and fragment based screening technologies. We will also provide an insight in computational methods for generating chemical ‘hits’. 

The module will also cover how these ‘hit’ compounds are prosecuted into tool compounds or Lead Optimisation candidates (LO), both historic and modern, that are used to further validate a potential drug target.

During this second module we will provide an insight into the challenges of moving a compound from an LO candidate to a pre-clinical candidate. How bio-marker companion tests are developed, validated and are used to underpin clinical trials. 

The lectures will also provide a keen insight into novel formulation strategies currently under development within Queen’s University Belfast. In addition, we will also provide an insight into the development of bio-therapeutics, such as antibodies, that are proving to be a powerful alternative to small molecule based therapeutics.

Oncology Drug Discovery Highlights

The strong links between us and the biotech and bio-pharmaceutical sectors provides a stimulating translational environment, while also expanding your career opportunities.

Global Opportunities

The partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences provides opportunity to study in the USA. This 4-year Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) provides students the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate taught programme in Year 1 at QUB (refer to link below for full list of programmes), followed by a PhD at NCI in Years 2-4.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Translation from concept to commercialisation 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cancer Drug Target Identification
  • Processes required to validate a new Drug Target
  • Compound ‘hit’ identification

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or other related and relevant subject acceptable to the University. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6140 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6140 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900

Funding

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