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Drug Discovery

Key information

Subject area:

Pre-University & Undergraduate Summer Programmes

Course type:


Credit level:



2 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 15 July 2024 To: 26 July 2024
Application deadline: 10 May 2024

Course overview

Summer School modules are designed to be intensive, intellectually-stimulating short courses. They are taught by King’s academics in academic disciplines where King's has expertise. Classes are very international with students from all around the globe learning together.

Each module is 150 study hours comprising intensive teaching, independent study and group work and is examined to university standards. Comparable to an in-semester 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS, many summer students ask their home institution to award them external credit for their King's summer module to use towards their degree programme when they return home.


One session (2 weeks): £2,400 

Two sessions (4 weeks): £4,800 £4,395*

*Fee valid for applications for two sessions received by 10 May 2024. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or promotions. Subject to availability at the time of application.

What does this course cover?

During the 2-week taught module students will learn from academic researchers including experts in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and cell biology covering topics in drug discovery pipeline, clinical trials, regulation and pharmacovigilance. Students will learn about the major diseases and science behind the drugs used to treat them. Students will also learn about designing clinical trials, pharmaceutical market regulation and Good Clinical Practices (GMP) This course is designed to inform and inspire anyone who is interested in a career in medicines discovery and pharmaceutical sciences. As part of this, we aim to incorporate some field visits where students will build on their learning. 

What will I achieve?

Explain the structure of the drug discovery/development pipeline. Classify the types of drugs small molecules to biologic / gene therapy. Understand how drugs are tested to see if they work (efficacy) and if they are safe (toxicology and safety pharmacology). Explain how the drug are formulated to optimise delivery. Explain how clinical trials are conducted. Explain the role of the medicines regulator. Explain how drugs are monitored once they are in use by the public. The students will be assessed continuously on their participation in-class discussion, workshops and team course work. Oral feedback will be provided on their participation and written feedback on their group coursework. Team based learning coursework: Team based learning exercises are designed to encourage self-driven deep learning and skills building. During, Learning with scientific documentaries Students will view a documentary showing relevant real life case study on a major disease and challenges associated with disease treatment. Students will form teams and participate in a tutor led workshop and discussion about the documentary. Students as a team will write a short report (750-1000 words) of discussion and key scientific aspects of the documentary and then give a group presentation to their peers. Method of Assessment Percentage weighting In-Class Participation 10% Workshop Participation 10% Team based Learning course work 40% Team based Learning Presentation 40% 

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Team-based learning coursework (40%) In-class participation (10%) Team-based learning presentation (40% + 10%)


What is the teaching schedule?

Taught on-campus 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday

Course status:


Full fee £2400

Application Fee £60

Terms and Conditions

Express interest


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