M.Sc. On Campus

Drug Discovery and Development

University of Sunderland

12 months
14250 GBP/year
7250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Contribute to the discovery and development of drugs that could potentially improve the health and well-being of millions of people and join a field where the UK has long been a leader and study in one of the country’s top locations for pharmaceutical science with the Drug Discovery and Development programme of the University of Sunderland.


The Drug Discovery and Development programme of the University of Sunderland is an innovative, industry-orientated taught Masters programme offering a broad coverage of the pharmaceutical sciences with scope for developing a specialisation in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis or drug design.

In the context of current global pharmaceutical R&D, the course covers advanced pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis, drug design, pharmacology, the biology of disease, proteomics and pharmacogenomics. You will also cover regulatory processes for medicines, in line with ICH guidelines. It is a direct response to employers’ search for postgraduates who have the optimum mix of theoretical and practical skills to be able to make an immediate contribution to frontline modern drug development.

The course mixes taught elements in a compact timetable with self-directed research. The topic of the project or dissertation is designed collaboratively to fit both your personal interests and the expertise of Sunderland's supportive tutors. It will involve typical industry-style problem solving perhaps even with pharmaceutical company partnership.

Career ready

Previous Sunderland graduates have been employed in companies such as GSK, Eisai, Reckitt Benckiser, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Covance and Norbrook Laboratories. Given the breadth of pharmaceutical experience afforded by the course, overseas students have found particular success in regulatory, quality assurance and pharmacovigilance positions on returning to their home country. It should also be noted that the course has provided an excellent platform for graduates wishing to continue their studies through research towards a PhD.

Graduates from this course can pursue a variety of careers in the following areas: Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Research, Pre-clinical Research in Experimental and Biological Studies, Formulation and Product Development, Pharmacogenomics and Proteomics, Clinical Research, Product Registration, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essential Pharmaceutical Science Research and Study Skills
  • Pharmaceutical R&D: Sciences and Regulation
  • Science and Technology for Drug Discovery
  • Science and Technology for Drug Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applications are welcome from holders of a good Honours degree (2:2 or above) in one of the following subject areas: pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy, biomedical sciences or a related subject. Alternative qualifications may be considered if supported by relevant experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Sunderland

758 - 1438 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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