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MSc Clinical Drug Development

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time

This MSc offers specialised training in biomedical science with exposure to leading research scientists, biotechnologists and the pharmaceutical industry. It provides a foundation for a career in drug development and a comprehensive programme in research methodology, the translation of basic research into therapies and the governance and social implications of health research.

Why study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Medicine has as its mission the performance of innovative, high-quality biomedical research and excellence in graduate teaching.

This MSc programme provides an opportunity for students to develop theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical skills in research methodology. These include statistical methods applied to medical research, drug development in a specific biomedical area or health specialty, and the ethics and governance of applied health research.

Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to build a network of contacts from both academia and industry, improving their future career prospects.

Programme starts
September 2017

Entry requirements
A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, medical or healthcare discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

Degree information
Students develop practical understanding of research methods in biomedical science and knowledge of cutting-edge research alongside practical experience in laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. They develop the ability to evaluate scientific literature and gain an appreciation of ethical and governance requirements of research, including ‘Good Clinical Practice’ principles. Graduates of this MSc go on to have successful careers in both academia and the industry.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six core modules (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of two core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

– Drug Discovery I
– Drug Discovery II
– Statistical Methods in Research
– Ethics and Regulation of Research
– Clinical Pharmacology
– Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

Optional modules
There are no optional modules for this programme.

Research project/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, small-group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research project and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: www.ucl.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate-taught-degrees/msc-clinical-drug-development

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

For more information on the course and how to apply visit the course website or email Mr Matthew Brown, Programme Administrator, at m.t.brown@ucl.ac.uk

Closing date: 28 July 2017

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