Drug Discovery & Chemical Enterprise (F1031)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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

You’ll also look at key aspects of chemical enterprise, using selected examples such as:

  • transferring technology from the laboratory
  • start-ups and funding
  • patents and patent law 
  • the structures and aims of big pharmaceutical/chemical companies.


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 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: