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Course content

This Clinical Pharmacology degree programme offers focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips students with the essential skills required to function effectively as a clinical pharmacologist in the 21st century. As a student on the MSc Clinical Pharmacology programme, you will acquire core skills, enabling an appreciation of how to apply clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of therapeutic practice and clinical research. Crucially, in addition to a firm grasp of the principles of molecular pharmacology, you will also gain foundational knowledge in the emerging science of pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.

Why this programme

  • This Clinical Pharmacology MSc is one of only a few UK postgraduate programmes that cover clinical pharmacology in sufficient detail to allow you to make an informed choice about pursuing clinical pharmacology as a career.
  • You will learn the basics of molecular genetics and population genetics as applied to pharmacogenetics and gene therapy.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in molecular methods and analysis along with critical interpretation of genomic literature. This will enable you to analyse, synthesise and formulate an action plan for personalised patient care.
  • You will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to engage in and contribute to discussions about therapeutic issues in the commercial and academic research environments. As part of the MSc Clinical Pharmacology degree, you will undertake your own research project under expert supervision, which will allow you to consolidate your knowledge and apply the skills you have acquired.
  • At every stage of the MSc Clinical Pharmacology you will benefit from the close involvement of clinical academics and visiting lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry and national drug regulatory bodies: the programme is specifically designed to prepare graduate for future senior roles within the pharmaceutical medicine. Guest lecturers have recently included staff from Pfizer, Servier, Johnson & Johnson and the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Drug Disposition
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Topics in Therapeutics: General Topics and Cardiovascular Drugs
  • Topics in Therapeutics: Commonly Used Drugs
  • Medical Statistics 1
  • Medical Statistics 2
  • Pharmacogenomics & Molecular Medicine: Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacogenomics & Molecular Medicine: Applied Pharmacogenomics & Molecular Medicine

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in academia, health care and the pharmaceutical industry; returning to more advanced positions within a previous clinical environment (eg pharmacicts, clinicians); and PhD study.


Visit the Clinical Pharmacology - MSc (MedSci) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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