Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,310 (FT) £6,045 (PT)
- £23,440 (FT) £12,570 (PT)
A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree in a biological science, medical or healthcare discipline 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.
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 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. Graduates of this MSc go on to have successful careers in both academia and the industry.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
- Drug Discovery I
- Drug Discovery II
- Statistical Methods in Research
- Ethics and Regulation of Research
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
- There are no optional modules for this degree.
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, practicals, small-group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research project and dissertation.
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.
- £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
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.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Clinical Research Associate, Astra Zeneca
- Associate Biomedical Practitioner, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (NHS)
- Radiology Registrar, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (NHS)
- Pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacy
- Senior Clinical Trial Co-ordinator, The Royal Marsden Hospital (NHS)
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 programme have pursued careers in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine, and a significant proportion go on to study for PhD degrees at UCL and other institutions 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 teaching.
This MSc 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, drug development in a specific biomedical area or health specialty, and the ethics and governance of applied health research.
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 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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
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