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This Drug Discovery and Development programme from University of Leeds will offer you exposure to a range of fields spanning the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry, clinical research, and pharmaceutical commercialisation. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


As a result, upon graduation, you’ll already be equipped with the skills necessary to work for large pharmaceutical companies, small biotech companies, contract research organisations, government regulatory bodies and many more. Our dedicated Employability and Professional Development Team will also support you with skill-building and opportunities to ensure you’re able to secure a graduate role.

The multidisciplinary aspect of the programme means you will be taught by experts from the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Chemistry, the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the Business School, as well as experts currently working in the pharma sector. This breadth of topics will provide you with a tailored experience to gain exposure to the aspects you are most interested in, offering you the opportunity to focus on aspects of medicinal chemistry, molecular pharmacology and preclinical/clinical drug development.

Career opportunities

The pharmaceutical industry requires expertise across its many multi-disciplinary areas. This Drug Discovery and Development programme from University of Leeds reflects this diversity by providing several flexible study pathways that you can tailor to your own interests and experience. Therefore, you have the chance to get an understanding of the drug discovery and development pipeline as a whole, and experience working with experts across many discipline, while also having the opportunity to focus on the most appropriate strand to reflect your future career aspirations.

This course can either help you to progress in roles as part of pharmaceutical companies, small biotech companies, contract research organisations, government regulatory bodies, or put you in a strong position to undertake a further research degree.

Programme Structure

Please check the up-to-date programme structure on the official programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should normally have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2:1 or equivalent, preferably in a chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, pharmacy or pharmacology subject. Consideration will be given to applicants holding a 2:2 but who have 2:1 level marks in modules relevant to the programme.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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