MSc in Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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€ 499

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€ 99

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Train in the latest automated genomics techniques and develop your professional skills in drug screening, gene discovery and the use of pharmacogenomics.


Course description

This unique research-led masters course is for students who are fascinated by genomic technologies. You’ll be provided with practical laboratory training in drug screening and gene discovery, using the latest automated genomics techniques.

We’re home to the internationally renowned Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility (SRSF), which is kitted out with the same pioneering equipment that’s used by pharmaceutical companies around the world. During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to work within the purpose-built SRSF and train to use technologies for drug screening, laboratory automation, cellular assays, imaging and processing.

You’ll learn how to use high-throughput machinery that you’ll find in industrial research facilities and develop skills in techniques including genome editing, 3D cell culture, robotics, and functional genomic screening. You’ll also discover how academic labs, as well as those in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries use these same cutting-edge techniques to identify candidates for potential therapies. We’ll then show you how to program a Hamilton Star liquid handling robot, used in many automation laboratories, as well as how to use and write algorithms for High Content Microscopy.

Practical training will be supported by theoretical sessions, teaching you about the latest techniques including T-cell therapies, antibodies, gene therapy, cell therapy, CRISPR, RNAi and clinical trials, so that you develop an appreciation of every step that’s involved in the academic and commercial drug discovery process.

The most substantial part of the course is the research project. You’ll spend three months working within the SRSF, honing your professional skills in the use of pharmacogenomics. You’ll choose your research area from a range of projects to match your future career aspirations. This could cover cancer drug screening, target identification, gene delivery or peptide therapy projects. You could even choose to do a project away from the SRSF in another lab within the School of Biosciences.

Example research projects include:

  • Regulation or SARS-CoV-2 by the host cell protein palmitoylation machinery
  • Investigation of novel botulinum molecules and their SNARE targets
  • SAR-CoV-2 proteins that modulate cancer pathways
  • New strategies for cancer drug development: protein-protein interaction inhibitors and inhibit theoretical cancer target Fen1
  • An in vivo chemical screen for antagonists of an adhesion GPCR signalling pathway in zebrafish
  • A novel pathway to therapeutically manipulate autophagy in cancer and neurodegeneration

This course will give you the practical experience you need for an exciting career in the field of drug discovery. Alongside your training, you’ll also get direct exposure to industry leaders from a wide range of companies. You’ll build your professional network and gain a deeper understanding of how pioneering techniques and equipment are used in practice.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.


A selection of modules are available each year – some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course.

Core modules:


Literature Review and Research Proposal
3D Tissue Culture and Genome Editing
Ethics and Public Awareness of Science
Small Molecule and Functional Genomic Screening
Advanced Scientific Skills
Critical Analysis of Current Science
Research Project




Optional modules – two from:


The Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry
Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we’ll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.



1 year full-time


Throughout your degree, you’ll be taught through lectures, practical sessions, lab placements, tutorials and seminars. In small group teaching classes you’ll discuss, debate and present on scientific and ethical topics.


Assessment is based on a combination of formal examinations, coursework assignments, debates, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Your career

You’ll be equipped with the specialist knowledge and transferable skills to pursue exciting careers in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Our graduates have secured roles as varied as working on Covid-19 vaccines and automating robots.

Previous students have secured graduate jobs at companies including AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Horizon, Novagen, NIHR Cambridge, and Cancer Research UK. 

If you choose to continue your research training, you’ll be ready to pursue a PhD. Previous students have been selected for PhDs at institutions such as Texas, Vienna, Montreal, Sheffield, Nottingham and Barcelona.


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical-related subject.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.


Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Pathway programme for international students

If you’re an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.



Fees and funding

  • Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
  • Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £28,500

The fee listed is for the advertised mode of study. If you’re studying for an alternative qualification or via a different mode of study (eg full-time, part-time) then the fee could be different. Due to inflation, the fee for Home students could also increase after your first year of study. 


key dates

September start


Monday 29 August 2022

Last date to request a deferral to September 2023 entry. You can request a deferral via your online application. We’re not able to consider deferral requests for applications to courses using our staged admissions process.

Friday 9 September 2022 (17:00 British Summer Time)

Applications close for September 2022 entry

Monday 17 October 2022

Last date to register for most courses 


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Expenses (GBP)

Tuition (per year)



Application Fee



Program expenses

Study Care Insurance Plus: 32 /monthly
Enrolment Fee (non-refundable): 260 /once
Deposit: 1000 /once

University & General Expenses


Minimum Level of Education
Min GPA (max=100)




The international undergraduate and postgraduate students at this university can use different types of accommodation options and live in a safe and vibrant environment to focus entirely on their studies and get the best result, also the students can use the cafes and bars gyms, and other living facilities, on the other hand, they can have an accommodation tour and Sheffield city tour to become familiar with their living environment and make the most suitable decision, as we said, this university offers various accommodation options with different fees like £6,782.58 to £10,210.62 for a rental place in the city for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and they can choose to have a private or shared room.

After Graduation

The international students can work up to 20 hours in part-time jobs in the UK, however, they must refer to their visa to see whether they have study and work permits or not, we recommend you to focus only on your education to get the best results and be able to find the most suitable jobs in the UK or the global market right after graduation, on the other hand, if the international applicants need extra financial help to pay for their tuition fee, living, and study expenses, they can find part-time jobs under some conditions, also if the students find related jobs to their educational fields (with the help of the university), they will obtain more real experience and skills aside from the theoretical knowledge that they acquire during their study period.


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MSc in Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

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Minimum Level of Education
Min GPA (max=100)