Clinical Drug Development MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This MSc 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: £11,600
- UK/EU Part-time: £5,700
- Overseas Full-time: £22,100
- Overseas Part-time: £11,850
- 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 five core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
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, interactive seminars, practicals, small-group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research project and dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) bursaries may be available for this programme.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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 required.
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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 healthcare research. Many of our students are doctors, allied health professionals or graduates in biomedical science who wish to pursue a lifelong 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
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 development.
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. Graduates of the course 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.
"I have attended a Congress in St Andrews with my supervisor regarding my dissertation project. It was wonderful to meet other scientists, to discuss their work and to use the experience to discover what really interests me."
"The lessons and lectures in my MSc programme were really effective. They fostered the inventive, independent thinking and analytical abilities that will help me prepare for the advanced research I plan to do."
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