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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 4 years part-time (for Msc) or 2-4 years part-time (for PGDip)

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

Course content

Programme description
Over the last 30 years healthcare research and drug development have been transformed from peripheral activities carried out on an ad hoc basis to become core activities that require trained, professional, staff.

We have developed a modular postgraduate programme in clinical drug development designed to give you the necessary academic background and specialist skills needed to carry out clinical drug development in a contract research organisation , pharmaceutical industry or health service environment.

If you are a nurse, medical doctors or other health professionals working in contract research organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare, this programme has been designed for you.

Programme outline
This postgraduate programmes shares a common spine with our Healthcare Research Methods programme, which covers the key areas of expertise needed for a successful clinical research programme.If you choose the Clinical Drug Development programme, your initial modules will concentrate on early drug development.

The modular nature of the programmes is designed to fit in with full-time employment. The taught elements of the modules are delivered in three-day blocks every six weeks.

Core modules:

Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research and Early Drug Development
Ethics and Regulation
Data Management and Statistics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design
Elective Dissertation
Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics
Marketing Healthcare
Research Project / Dissertation
Drug Discovery and Pre-clinical Research and Development
Module options include:

Health and the Human Body
Healthcare Organisation and Decision Making

Visit the Clinical Drug Development page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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