Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery and Development


Professional Certificate (PCert)



Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the entire medical field, changing the way the data is used to make decisions and analysing big data. If you've ever envisioned a future where artificial intelligence accelerates the journey from molecule to medicine, this course is your gateway to unraveling the cutting-edge fusion of AI and pharmaceutical science. Embark on a transformative journey through the realm of artificial intelligence, understanding how machine learning and data analytics are revolutionizing drug discovery. Explore the potential of AI in expediting the identification of novel drug candidates, reducing timelines, and enhancing success rates. Gain insights into how AI is reshaping the traditional trial-and-error approach, streamlining the design phase of drug development. To stay competitive, universities and organizations need qualified drug discovery researchers with knowledge and understanding of AI and who use cutting-edge methods like machine learning algorithms and deep learning in drug discovery.


This 4-week Professional Certificate course is designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to apply AI in drug discovery and development research. Through the final project report, you’ll gain the essential knowledge and skills required to implement AI in research. This course aims to provide knowledge of AI applications in medicine and drug discovery.



Start Date: None

Duration: 1 month (4 weeks)

Delivery: Online

Workload: 4-6 hours per week

Registration: Included in PGRT - AI in Drug Discovery

Contact: Elisa Hampson



  • Develop a solid understanding of the basic principles and concepts of AI and how they apply to the field of medicine
  • Gain insights into the various AI technologies shaping the drug development landscape
  • Recognize and navigate ethical considerations associated with the use of AI in medicine
  • Gain awareness of current and emerging trends in AI applications in drug discovery
  • Recognize the importance of lifelong learning and engage in continuous professional development



The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


  • Module 1: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Gain a solid understanding of the foundations of AI, its evolution, and the historical milestones that have shaped this cutting-edge field. Whether you're a student, professional, or simply curious about AI, this course provides a concise and engaging overview. Understand the definition and fundamentals of AI. Explore the potential of AI within the context of research. Delve into the historical development of AI from its inception to the present day.


  • Module 2: AI and Machine Learning (ML): Understanding the concepts: Define AI and machine learning and understand their interconnected nature Explore how these technologies are reshaping industries. Examine practical applications of AI and ML across various industries. Learn about the main types of machine learning: supervised, reinforcement, and unsupervised learning.


  • Module 3: The ethics of AI in healthcare and medicine: Understand the ethical implications of AI-driven advancements in healthcare. Delve into the critical issues surrounding patient data privacy Examine strategies for safeguarding sensitive healthcare information in the age of AI. Explore the hierarchy of ethical and legal considerations. Gain the knowledge and insights needed to navigate the complex ethical landscape, ensuring that AI technologies in healthcare uphold principles of fairness, transparency, and patient-centric care.


  • Module 4: Applications of AI in drug discovery and development: Discover the groundbreaking potential of AI in revolutionizing the field of drug discovery, with a specific focus on treatment, and research. Explore the specific applications of AI in drug discovery and treatment. Explore the latest applications of AI in medicine and drug discovery research performed in international universities. Explore cutting-edge developments in AI and their potential impact on the future of the pharmaceutical industry through research studies.

Entry Requirements


  • This course starts with a beginner level and progresses towards the mid-levels. However, prior programming knowledge is not required.
  • This course is designed for all levels of students (Undergraduate students, Master's degree students, or Ph.D.).
  • All our online courses are taught in English. Therefore, you must have good English language skills.

Certificate of Completion


After completing all the modules of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion at Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).

Design AND Delivery


This online programme is delivered on our virtual learning platform (Moodle). The programme is self-paced and it can be completed on your schedule within programme's duration. The programme includes recorded lectures, templates, learning material, ebooks, and research-based tasks. It is designed by the CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from international universities).

May include additional material from our partners.

Fees and Funding


UK and International: N/A (including electronic certificate).