University of Hertfordshire
Drug Discovery and Toxicology with Placement Year MSc
University of Hertfordshire

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course gives you in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis of drug discovery with a particular emphasis on toxicology, the science behind the safety of drugs. We make full use of our geographical location at the heart of the UK pharmaceutical industry attracting numerous expert contributions from industry professionals (e.g. GSK, AZ).

The course will cover all aspects of new medicine research and development from identifying novel targets through drug screening to clinical trials of candidate medicines. With our excellent facilities, emphasis on practical work, and teaching underpinned by the latest research, you'll be qualified for research and development positions in pharmaceutical companies including discovery biology and toxicology, as well as a wide range of other non-laboratory roles in industry.

Alternatively, consider taking our other MSc Drug Discovery and Toxicology routes:

MSc Drug Discovery and Toxicology MSc Drug Discovery and Toxicology with Advanced Research

Why choose this course? You'll benefit from being taught by expert staff with pharmaceutical industry research and development and toxicology experience We have strong links to big pharma research sites nearby which provide you with the opportunity for numerous guest lecturers from the industry as well as networking opportunities Our state of the art Science Building provides excellent facilities for laboratory based studies, including QPCR, cell culture, protein analysis, isolated tissue studies, immunohistochemistry Upon graduation, you'll be equipped for working in a wide range of roles in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries If successful you will have the opportunity to apply for a 12-month placement. If you are not successfull in finding a placement position, then you can transfer to the MSc Drug Discovery and Toxicology Advanced Route.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Drug Discovery and Toxicology with Placement Year, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

The normal entry requirements for the programme are: 65% or above average grade in an undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences or A professional qualification accepted as equivalent to the above; or A qualification in veterinary science, medicine or dentistry; or A first or second class Honours Degree in disciplines other than those described above but where the applicant, in the opinion of the Programme Leader, would benefit from, and succeed on, the programme. Students will be selected through interview In addition, all international students are required to demonstrate an English Language capability of IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in any band) or equivalent qualification.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire (UOH) is a publicly funded university in Hertfordshire, England. The university has two campuses that it operates from; College Lane, and de Havilland. The university works with approximately 25,000 students at any given time, and has 11 distinct schools within the university dedicating themselves to a wide variety of subjects.

Student composition of University of Hertfordshire

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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