The Clinical Pharmacology course will give you the advanced skills and knowledge to evaluate the safety of new medicinal products in preparation for medical approval. It is one of three modular programmes in Pharmaceutical Medicine designed for working physicians, clinical scientists and allied health professionals interested in the clinical development process.
Clinical Pharmacology is the study of how drugs influence human physiology and the way the body responds. This study forms a vital part of the clinical development of new medicines and requires an advanced understanding of pre-clinical science, as well as the ethical and legal requirements for specialist research programmes. A well-designed clinical pharmacology programme informs the final regulatory of a new medicine. Therefore, generating skilled clinical pharmacologists is critical for the efficiency of future drug development.
This course will provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the drug development process and the medical aspects of the marketing of pharmaceutical products. You will also have opportunities to undertake advanced research projects and the possibility of one or more thesis publications.
The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, including 60 credits from a dissertation of around 15,000 - 18,000 words. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway will require modules totalling 120 credits, while the Postgraduate Certificate will require you to study modules totalling of 60 credits to complete the course.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MSc qualification part-time, your programme will take up to four years to complete. The Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate pathways are both part-time courses. The Postgraduate Diploma will take two to three years to complete and the Postgraduate Certificate up to two years.
This course is for those working in or seeking to work in the field of clinical drug development. It covers all aspects of the clinical development process through from the earliest studies to post marketing activities. It will enhance knowledge and skills in all aspects of clinical research, drug regulation and drug safety.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of coursework and written examinations. The MSc study programme also requires a research and dissertation on the subject of clinical pharmacology.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
The Drug Development Science course is a highly flexible study programme designed for those working in or seeking to work in the field of clinical drug development. The course aims to provide students with expertise and skills in all aspects of clinical research, drug regulation and drug safety.
The Drug Development Science programme offers you flexibility with the choice of modules and whether to study for a full masters qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a one to four-year course that requires modules totalling 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of two to three years and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. There are 30 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops per module. Each module requires 2 to 4 hours of pre-reading and also exam preparation.
For the MSc there are approximately 80 hours of tutorials, plus supervision of dissertation research and ad hoc academic tutor meetings. Students could spend 200 to 300 hours researching and writing a dissertation.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in the clinical research arena at a higher level and this will open up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhance their value to their employers.
The UK is one of the largest innovators and producers within biotechnology and pharmaceutical products with known multinationals providing treatments for large scale disease issues, newer companies providing batch customer medication and newer companies working with data and biotechnology researchers to provide customised medicines down to the individual level. The data and information now available with the advent of the Internet of Things and smart technologies has radically changed the way in which medicine and pharmacy can potentially be delivered in the future, opening up not just the possibility of customised medicines but also customised and specialist entrepreneurs within the field of biotech, pharmacy, and similar disciplines to provide high growth start up companies which address a real need for innovation within pharmacological areas and offer therapeutic treatments whilst we go about our every day lives.
Developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) one of five innovation centres in Scotland some of which cross over in terms of innovation and technologies.Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new medicines.
If you are a person with ideas and a constant stream of research backing up your ideas and you have potential to be a company start up in this area the programme is directly aimed at getting your ideas off the ground and towards becoming a fully functioning enterprise in your own right in Scotland. You learn all there is to know about process innovation in order to progress your idea and samples through to small scale production testing whilst learning anything you didn't know about genome enabled medicines, biologic drug discovery, Pharmacokinetics and more. You get the best researchers to teach you as this programme is delivered in conjunction with the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre partners.
You may be interested in reading about the Scottish Innovation Centres- http://www.innovationcentres.scot/innovation-centres/ to find out more information.
England Innovation Centres - https://catapult.org.uk/
Science Basis to Stratified Medicine
Commercialisation of Science
Application of Research and Evaluation Technologies
New Venture Creation
Applied Health Economics
Clinical Trials: Principles and Methods
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
Quantitative Research Methods
Genome Enabled Medicine
Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
Biologic Drug Discovery
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