Researchers exploring new methods for drug discovery.
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Drug Discovery and Development: Multidisciplinary Science for Next Generation Therapeutics

Build your expertise in multidisciplinary drug discovery research and explore emerging technologies.

Build your expertise in multidisciplinary drug discovery research and explore emerging technologies

Receive radical insights into the global state of drug discovery from leaders in the field

Develop your own ideas on an extensive nine-month research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,650 Home

    • £40,500 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in chemistry, pharmacy, physics, biochemistry, medicine or an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Gain a deeper understanding of the current global state of drug discovery and development on this one-year stand-alone course.

You'll enhance your knowledge of the drug discovery process and explore emerging technologies as well as the future direction of the industry.

Teaching is guided by leaders in the field, on a versatile programme that incorporates talks on clinical trials and the regulatory process.

You'll develop ideas on how to focus research to meet the pressing challenges of drug discovery through Journal Club meetings and an extended research project.

Research training takes place within a multidisciplinary environment which will give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to work in industry or go into further research.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take the following core modules.

Core modules

You'll undertake a research project, which incorporates a literature review, research manuscript, oral exam and oral presentation. 

The presentation will assess your ability to communicate scientific research effectively to a wide audience. 

The project should also demonstrate awareness of relevant research within the field and a broad range of methodology/experimental or analytical techniques and research outcomes.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lab work
  • Computational work
  • Seminars
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Practical work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Assessment methods

  • Literature review
  • Dissertation
  • Presentations
  • Research manuscript
  • Research project
  • Oral exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

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You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for a career in drug discovery.

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Learn what it takes to conduct translational multidisciplinary research to prepare for PhD studies.

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The Department of Chemistry also has strong sponsorship links with industry for those considering further study at PhD level.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in master's programs or doctoral research.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications