Clinical Drug Development 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
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:
Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) bursaries may be available for this programme.
Scholarships available for this department
The purpose is to encourage a greater up-take from Home/EU students – in general applications from Home/EU students for our courses. The scheme will assist promising students to undertake our courses, who would not otherwise be able to do so due to financial constraints and who may, for this reason, select to take courses at competitor institutions.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper-second class UK Bachelor's medical degree in a healthcare or health-related subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Clinical Drug Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Clinical Drug Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates of the programme have used the qualification to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine, while a significant proportion of students go on to study for PhD degrees at UCL and other institutions worldwide.
This programme runs within the School of Life & Medical Sciences, one of the most highly rated medical research organisations in the UK. Close links with clinical colleagues in the UCLH group of hospitals provides cutting-edge medical expertise and links to world-leading clinical research.
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