This MRes offers specialised training with exposure to research scientists and members of the pharmaceutical industry. It provides a foundation year for a research career in drug development and a comprehensive programme in research methodology. Students will undertake a significant research project during this MRes.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £12,680 (FT)
- £24,140 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students 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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students develop practical understanding of research methods in biomedical science and knowledge of cutting-edge research techniques 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core taught modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
- Drug Discovery 1
- Statistical Methods in Research
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Advanced Clinical Pharmacology or Ethics and Regulation Research
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, practicals, small group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research dissertation.
Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) bursaries may be available for this programme.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 UCL group of hospitals provides cutting-edge medical expertise and links to world-leading clinical 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 training.
This MRes 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 and drug development in a specific biomedical area.
Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to build a network of contacts from both academia and industry, increasing their future career prospects.
Department: Division of Medicine
Student / staff numbers › 411 staff including 84 postdocs › 102 taught students › 201 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine
82% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.