Drug Discovery and Business Strategy MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

You will learn the processes involved in discovering a new drug and incorporated business strategies.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

You will learn the processes involved in discovering a new drug and incorporated business strategies. You will study various analytical tools and techniques employed in drug discovery and, after completion of the course, will be expected to have the skills needed to start-up new businesses offering specialised services in drug discovery or join drug discovery teams within the pharmaceutical industry.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

Minimum of 2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry or other biological sciences such as biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology with adequate English proficiency. Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no lower than 6.0 in writing and reading will be considered acceptable (or equivalent).

Course Detail

DRUG DISCOVERY.

This comprises four 15-credit Masters level modules that offer knowledge and skills around various analytical tools and techniques employed in drug discovery. These modules will provide you with the necessary laboratory skills needed in a routine drug discovery program, including personalised medicines, pharmacogenetics and molecular pharmaceutical techniques and their application in drug discovery and design.

Drug Design and Development

An introduction to pharmacogenomics will be extended to an in-depth appreciation on how genetic variations are inherited and can be applied to pharmacogenomic analysis, i.e. how genetic variations affect human drug response and how this area will become an essential component in developing new medicines. The module will also explore the application of biomarkers to stratified or personalised medicine. Both pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics influences of drugs will be covered, such as inter-patient variation in the expression of drug metabolising and activating enzymes; as well as differences in the expression of drug targets such as receptors, genes, enzymes and growth factors. Biometric analysis such as bioinformatics will be explored through the understanding of the development of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and its relevance to ‘-omic’ technologies (genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics). In addition, different model systems that are used to identify and develop biomarkers and drug target identification will be covered. The module will use a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials to encompass these topics and areas of learning. This will involve several expert lectures including external consultants and scientists.

Practical skills for Analysts

Extended experiments to develop, compare and assess methods for analytical problems carried out in small groups with joint report and oral presentations.

Data Treatment and Analysis

Basic statistical theory underlying the analysis and treatment of univariate and multivariate chemical, forensic, pharmaceutical and biological laboratory data.

You will be able to choose one of the following optional modules offering a range of advanced analytical tools, including electron and atomic force microscopy, electrochemical techniques, thermal analysis, advanced separation techniques and NMR and mass spectroscopy.

Instrumental Methods and the Analysis of Solids

Overview of instrumental methods of analysis including atomic spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques, surface methods and radiochemical methods.

Advanced Separation Techniques

This module introduces the theoretical basis and current and future developments in analytical separation techniques. Areas covered range from solid phase extraction; theory of chromatography; gas chromatography (GC); high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); capillary electrophoresis (CE), asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) and sedimentation velocity in the analytical ultracentrifuge (SV-AUC). Tutorials are provided to support the lectures. Assessment is by an in-class test (50 %) and a major assignment consisting of an essay and presentation (50 %).

NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Scientists

This module provides both a broad and in depth coverage of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. There is a large emphasis on developing your knowledge of the two techniques and you will be exposed to the most recent advances in instrumentation and their applications. You will explore advances in NMR design through a written assignment and you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to interpret spectral data in an exam.

BUSINESS STRATEGY

This comprises four 15 credit Masters level modules that will provide a range of skills needed for starting and running a business and developing its business strategy.These modules will include the main pillars of business management such as: Finance, Budgeting, Marketing, Human Resources, Organisational Behaviour and Enterprise Strategy.

Finance for Managers

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation.

Marketing Communications

This module examines the strategic nature of marketing communications, and the role of planning and evaluation. You will be introduced to relevant marketing communication theories and concepts; with emphasis placed on social media/digital marketing, and the concept of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Assessment for this module is based on an individual assignment.

Managing People in Organisations

Managing People in Organisations is an extremely practical module which introduces critically analyses and evaluates key elements of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour to enable effective deployment of people within organisations. A strategic exploration of the global context within which people work and are managed is also carried out through a range of organisational behaviour concepts and theories.

Strategic Management

This module provides you with a substantial body of knowledge relating to the principles of strategic management in particular the two broad areas of techniques for analysing organisations and their environments and the identification of appropriate strategic choices. You will be encouraged to practice analyses and strategic designs throughout the delivery of the module.

PHARMCEUTICAL BUSINESS PROJECT

This will be a major project in pharmaceutical business strategy that will start from the first term and will run throughout the year to allow the time needed for an extensive 60 credit module of independent study and research.

Pharmaceutical Business Project

The overall aim of the project is to integrate the learning across the modules and apply the knowledge into business practice. You will be expected to develop a business plan for a novel pharmaceutical formulation/product or novel themes around drug discovery and present it to a panel of expert for a thorough scrutiny and assessment

You will be taught by staff from the Department of Pharmacy and the School of Applied Sciences, many with experience of working with large pharmaceutical companies in new product introductions and product development. All staff will bring their research expertise to their teaching so you have insight into the latest developments in the field. You will also be taught by staff from the Business School who have background degrees and professional working experience of product management and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry, which makes a unique blend of expertise across the schools to deliver this course.

We will use a range of teaching and learning approaches to help you develop your knowledge and skills; including seminars, tutorials, lectures and case studies. You will have access to state-of-the art facilities across the School of Applied Sciences and the Business School within the Huddersfield Campus.

Modules have different teaching and assessment strategies and the aspects of teaching and assessment will be supported by real-life pharmaceutical examples. Students will gain significant laboratory experience and confidence whilst they are studying on this course as they are exposed to many new analytical instrumental techniques and/or pharmaceutical production equipment. You will also be shown how to use computers, statistics and various computer packages and will be required to present posters and talks as part of the assessment programme for a number of modules on this course. You will also get the opportunity to engage with professionals and guest speakers. Students will apply the knowledge gained throughout the course by systemically developing a business strategy and use their skills to pitch their business plan to potential investors and collaborators, amalgamating their expertise in sciences and business acumen.

We are the UK's only university where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

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