Cancer Drug Discovery
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
Exciting new opportunities for chemical intervention in disease have emerged based on a greater understanding of the molecular aspects of disease progression. Drug discovery combines the expertise of medicinal chemists required in translating the understanding of the molecular aspects of disease progression to the identification of suitable chemical entities, and the process of optimisation that ultimately leads to the discovery of new medicines.
This exciting course run by the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is designed to provide students with a 'state-of-the-art' education in modern drug discovery, which meets the demand of employers in the pharmaceutical industry.
Opportunities to learn the latest innovations in drug discovery are provided, including computer-aided drug design and techniques in parallel synthesis, as well as electronic data management.
- The course provides an expert view of the use of recent knowledge and up- to-the minute specialised approaches to discover novel drugs to help fight disease and increase the quality of life for patients
- It benefits from the multidisciplinary team of researchers in the field of drug design, synthesis, screening, pharmacology and toxicology both at the University and through our extensive links with experts at other universities and industry
- Students on the course will also benefit from working in excellent research laboratories in a research focused environment
- 2:2 or above in a scientific discipline in chemical or biological sciences
- Study of chemical sciences at undergraduate level is desirable
- Applications are also welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications who have significant relevant experience; each case will be considered on its merits
English language requirements:
IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
- Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Drug Discovery
- Principles of Drug Discovery
- Research and Analytical Methods
- Research Project in Drug Discovery
- Molecular Basis of Cancer and Cancer Therapy
- Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
- Case Studies in Drug Discovery
- Chemical Toolbox for Drug Discovery
- Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Many students go on to study for PhDs either at Bradford or elsewhere. Recent graduates are studying at Dundee, Newcastle and Glasgow universities. Those in employment are in R&D and clinical research roles.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU - £7,750
International - £17,600
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Contact the Faculty
Hear what our students have to say about the course:
Haneen Basheer, from Jordan, says: "The course met all the objectives and aims offered, and gave me the opportunity to develop independent and critical thinking through working on different types of assignments." Read more from Haneen here.
Steps to Postgraduate Study
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How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Cancer Drug Discovery
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.