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Professional Skills in Drug Discovery    Back

University of Edinburgh Course Type: Short courses (CPD) Start Date: To be announced
Duration: Part time - 5 Weeks


In the future, Drug Discovery will involve more multinational collaboration while face-to-face meetings will decrease. The internet will be increasingly used to communicate. This distance learning course necessarily models this world before it happens. Therefore in learning how to cope with the demands of distance learning, students will be ahead of their colleagues. This course will be designed around a wide view of the global problems of the decreasing rate of discovery of new drugs. As well as giving the students a perspective on the field they are studying, the tasks set will involve skills needed in multinational collaboration.

Course details

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate how to act on feedback from peers, and to give it too
  • Keep an electronic portfolio for the purposes of professional development
  • Reflect on any weaknesses in generic skills (e.g. scientific writing, English language, use of spreadsheets etc) and to formulate action plans to improve them
  • Use Web 2.0 tools to communicate and collaborate within a group
  • Appreciate the dynamics of group interactions and acquire strategies to cope when this might not be working well
  • Use relevant bibliographic resources in the subject and have a critical appreciation of differing search algorithms
  • Use productivity tools to manage time and work efficiently

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Vicky Mactaggart
Programme Administrator
School of Biological Sciences
University accredited:
Short courses (CPD): 10 CATS
Last update: 09/07/2016