Introduction to Drug Design (F1031)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Building on a solid understanding of chemical principles,you cover the fundamental knowledge required to critically analyse the structure of drug molecules and use the skills developed to design potential new, improved medicines.

The second part of the course is a practical introduction to the basic concepts of computational chemistry, molecular modelling and structure-based drug design.


43%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)
7%: Seminar (Class)


30%: Coursework (Computer-based examination)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 160 hours of work. This breaks down into about 15 hours of contact time and about 145 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: