12 months
14500 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Drug Discovery and Development course from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, you will also have the opportunity to go on an optional professional placement.

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You’ll get deep insights into the molecular basis of disease, drug targets and their validation, identification of lead compounds, structure-based drug design, and analytical and synthetic techniques. You’ll also learn all about the regulatory and commercial aspects of management in the pharmaceutical industry. 

By the end of this Drug Discovery and Development course from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)   you’ll have developed in-depth knowledge of biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and toxicology, and an understanding of research skills and scientific methods. Our aim is to produce scientists with expertise in drug discovery and development as well as non-scientists who are equipped to work in pharmaceutical work environments. 

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn about current and emerging trends in drug discovery, drug design and regulatory sciences through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions delivered by highly experienced academics and industry experts.
  • We have excellent links with some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry and you’ll have the opportunity to go on a professional placement and gain valuable work experience.
  • You’ll be taught by research-active staff with extensive academics, industrial and clinical expertise.

Future careers

When you graduate you’ll be equipped with a knowledge and skills base that will allow you to pursue a range of scientific and non-scientific careers within pharmaceutical work environments.

This may include roles in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies, academia or further studies (such as a PhD).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods Principles
  • Drug Development and Discovery
  • Drug Delivery and BioPharm
  • Applications of Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Nanomedicine and Biotechnology Products
  • QA, Clin Trials & Reg Affairs
  • Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least 2:1 degree or equivalent in related subject such as pharmacy or forensic science
  • Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate the suitability of experience both on application and at interview
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application
  • IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 with no component lower than 6.0 or equivalent
  • Applicants may be able to claim exemption from individual modules where they can demonstrate an appropriate level of prior qualification or experience but normally only 2 modules

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 12 months.

£1000 for the sandwich year

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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