Practical Skills in Drug Discovery - Laboratory Training Course

Practical Skills required for Pharmaceutical Research

A three day course covering the essential practical skills required for pharmaceutical research. The course is designed for graduates who wish to enter the pharmaceutical industry by providing tuition on commonly used techniques by lecturers with recent experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Previous experience in mammalian cell culture (or the Introduction to Mammalian Cell Culture course) is a pre-requisite for acceptance.

Courses are carried out with high levels of staffing to encourage questions, interaction and discussion.

The course will cover practical tuition in the below areas:

  • Introduction to a range of commonly used in-vitro techniques in pharmaceutical research, with hands on experience using a range of technologies
  • Students will perform their own experiments to detect a drug binding to a biological target of interest (receptor/enzyme/antibody)
  • Drug binding events will be validated using cell based systems to establish the effect of the drug on the whole cell
  • Detection of drug induced cytotoxity and gene mutations will be performed to predict non-specific toxicity
  • Data Analysis and statistics used in drug discovery

Accommodation is not included with this course however we are happy to recommend local hotels at the time of booking.


Current Academic Year 2021/2022

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If you are booking this course more than 28 days in advance, you can pay a 25% deposit to secure your place. The outstanding balance is payable 28 days prior to the start of the course. You will be sent an invoice for the remaining balance 6 weeks before the course begins. You can also opt to pay for this course in full after registration.

If you are booking this course less than 28 days in advance, full payment is required after registration.

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  • “My lab tutor was a skilful and talented teacher. He was able to simplify complex topics so all of the students could understand and then followed up to ensure we all fully grasped the techniques being taught. He made sure that any errors were rectified immediately so that we were always learning the correct techniques"
    Lucy - Introduction to Genetics
  • "I attended the course because I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry but didn't have enough lab based experience. After the course I had experience in some of the most up to date techniques, taught by researchers working in the pharmaceutical industry. During the lunch time I was able to chat with all of the tutors and seek their advice for securing the job I wanted. Through the experience and advice I received I managed to secure a graduate level job in a small pharmaceutical company. I cannot recommend this course enough!"
    Josep (Graduate researcher) - Practical skills in drug discovery
  • "I received excellent tuition from a patient teacher who had an incredible enthusiasm for laboratory research. Under her tutelage and supervision, I acquired many laboratory skills in the area of cell culture techniques and high throughput screening for pre-clinical drug discovery."
    Akang (Research Scientist) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture and Practical drug discovery
  • "This was the first time I had the chance to perform practical laboratory techniques which I had only seen in lectures before this point. The tutors let us try a number of different ways to quantify cells and gave us the time and guidance to perfect our own techniques."
    Mark - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
  • "I was taught by an experienced researcher who gave us the opportunity to work with many different cell types. I was able to see the differences between the morphology and growth rates of different cells for myself. I also had the opportunity to try a number of different techniques which gave me confidence to apply for PhD's requiring cell culture experience."
    Gail (PhD researcher) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
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