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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£12,310 (FT) £6,255 (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £12,570 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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.

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 taught 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
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology or Ethics and Regulation Research


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, 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


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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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

£2,500 (1 year)
UK, EU students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Research Associate, Astra Zeneca (2013)
  • Associate Biomedical Practitioner, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (2013)
  • Radiology Registrar, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (NHS) (2013)
  • Pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacist (2013)
  • Senior Clinical Trial Co-ordinator, The Royal Marsden Hospital (NHS) (2013)


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 › 295 staff including 84 postdocs › 74 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Division of Medicine

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

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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