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Clinical Drug Development MRes

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

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.

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.

International students

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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Degree Information

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 modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Drug Discovery 1
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Advanced Statistical Methods
  • Clinical Pharmacology or Ethics and Regulation of Research

Options

  • There are no optional modules

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Clinical Drug Development MRes

Funding

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Student, UCL (2012)
  • PhD Student, Royal Veterinary College (2012)
  • MBBS Student, University of Liverpool (2012)
  • Administrator, Clinical Trials Group (2012)
  • PhD Student, University of Oxford (2010)

Employability

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. Graduates of the course have used the qualification to persue careers in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine, while a significant proportion of students go on to study for their PhD at UCL and other institutes worldwide.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 289 staff › 74 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Division of Medicine

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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