Master of Science in Drug Discovery (Modernization of Chinese Medicine)
Programme Director: Prof ZHANG, Ge
The programme aims to provide students with cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge needed for current and future research and development of Chinese medicine. Through the learning of courses and participation in relevant practical learning activities, the students will master the advanced knowledge of artificial intelligence and drug design, drug analysis and pharmacokinetics, design of clinical trials, and clinical translation strategies of innovative drugs. The students will acquire the knowledge and skills to combine the traditional mindset of Chinese medicine with modern technology, the students will acquire the knowledge and skills to combine the traditional mindset of Chinese medicine with modern technology, thereby to provide solutions in various aspects of drug discovery in Chinese medicine.
This is a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time taught postgraduate degree programme. The full-time mode of the Programme runs for one year normally, the maximum study period allowed being two years provided that due approval for deferred study has been obtained. The Part-time mode of the Programme runs for two years normally, the maximum study period being three years provided that due approval for deferred study has been obtained.
It is a 30-unit programme comprising of Compulsory Courses (27 units) and Elective Course (3 units): Dissertation or Formulation Theories and Practices of Chinese Medicinal Formulae (3 units).
Students who have not previously studied Chinese Medicine or Pharmacy in Chinese Medicine must take, in addition to the above, a supplementary course titled “Overview on Chinese Medicine and Chinese Materia Medica” (中醫藥學概論) (a non-unit bearing course).
The structure of the curriculum is as follows:
|I)||Required Courses||27 units|
|I.||Required Courses||27 units|
|MDD 7010 Artificial Intelligence and Drug Design||3 units|
|MDD 7020 Advancement in Contemporary Chinese Medicines||3 units|
|MDD 7030 Pharmaceutical Manufacture and Quality Control||3 units|
|MDD 7040 Medical Statistics and Clinical Trial Design||3 units|
|MDD 7050 Translational Medicine and Drug Discovery: Theory and Practice (Chinese Medicines)||3 units|
|MDD 7060 Mechanism of Action and Safe Application of Chinese Medicines||3 units|
|MDD 7070 Progress in Advanced Pharmacy and Pharmacokinetics||3 units|
|MDD 7080 Clinical Translational Strategy of Innovative Drugs||3 units|
|MDD 7090 Practicum||3 units|
|* Students can take either (1) MDD 7100 Dissertation or (2) MDD 7110 Formulation Theories and Practices of Chinese Medicinal Formulae.|
|Supplementary Course (for those who have not previously studied CM or CM Pharmacy):|
|MDD 7120 Overview on Chinese Medicine and Chinese Materia Medica||0 unit|
|The academic results of the supplementary course obtained by the students will be recorded in the transcript (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) without GPA grading.|