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Contact details

Miss Gemma Martin

Email: gemma.martin@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2308

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) bursaries may be available for this programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Drug Discovery MRes

This MRes offers specialised training in state-of-the-art biomedical science (including exposure to leading research scientists, biotechnologists and pharmaceutical companies), research methodology, including the translation of basic science research into novel therapies for human disease, and the philosophy, governance and social implications of health research.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Medicine has as its mission: the performance of innovative, high-quality biomedical research; excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching; and exemplary patient care.

This MSc programme provides opportunities for students to develop theoretical knowledge and understanding and practical skills in research methodology.

These include statistical methods applied to medical research, drug discovery or translational clinical research, research in a specific biomedical area or health specialty and ethics and governance of applied health research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Research Methodology I
  • Research Methodology II
  • Epidemiology


  • Drug Discovery I
  • Drug Discovery II

Research Dissertation

All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

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

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's medical degree in a healthcare or health-related subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is normally required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

UCL's general deadline is the start of August. However, we cannot accept more than 24 students onto the programme, and entry is competitive, so we advise you to apply as early as possible.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students who wish to gain the skills necessary for world class health care research. Many of our students are doctors, allied health professionals or graduates in biomedical science who wish to pursue a life-long career in academic health research.


The programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD in biomedical science, and provides key transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in drug discovery or translational medicine.

First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • Imperial College London: Research Associate
  • GlaxoSmithKline: Senior Scientist
  • St George's Hospital: Consultant Physician
  • Garvan Institute: Researcher
  • UCL: Laboratory Manager and Research Assistant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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