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    Full time & Part time available

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    MSc full-time: one year, MSc part-time: two-four years PG Dip part-time: two-three years PG Cert part-time: up to two years

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    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

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  • Last Updated

    02 May 2019

The Clinical Pharmacology course will give you the advanced skills and knowledge to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new medicinal products. It aligns with the curriculum for Pharmaceutical Medicine and its designed for scientists, physicians, clinical scientists and allied health professionals interested in the clinical development process.

Find out more about the course at our opening evening on Wednesday 6th March, held at our Guy's campus from 17.45-19.30.  Book your place today

Key benefits

  • King’s is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Lectures delivered by a mixture of academics and leading industry experts from the pharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.
  • Flexible study schedule with the option to complete a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc.
  • Coordinated study programme with the PharmaTrain and the Faculty ofPharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians curricula.
  • Accredited PharmTrain centre of excellence which allows international transfer of credits
  • A vibrant cohort of participants, studying both full-time and part-time.
  • Modules with blended learning, integrating the latest learning technologies with face-to-face teaching.


Clinical Pharmacology is the study of how drugs influence human physiology and the way the body responds. This understanding forms a vital part of the clinical development of new medicines. In the process of drug development, clinical pharmacologists are particularly important in understanding how the drug influences the natural physiological processes, as well as disease pathology and hence, they have a large role in designing clinical investigations, monitoring patients, exploring pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationships and testing medicines in specific patient populations. The theme has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in either pharmacology and/or clinical science to expand their knowledge base beyond their initial field of specialisation and hence, to empower them to make critical decisions during the development of a medicine.

The taught postgraduate level modules provide the ability to enhance both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Clinicians are drawn from King’s College and King’s Health Partners to provide a balanced perspective in this field. The programmes emphasise the integrated learning of pharmacological principles and clinical practical competence with medicines development. 

Course purpose

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.

Required Modules

MSc Pathway

Optional modules (MSc Pathway)

You are required to take two of the three options, that may typically include:

Postgraduate Diploma Part-time Pathway

Required modules:

Optional modules

You are required to take two of the three options, that may typically include:

Postgraduate Certificate Part-time Pathway

Required modules

Optional modules

You are required to take two of the three options, that may typically include:

Part-time students are recommended to take two to three 15 credit modules a year. The choice of module order will be dependent on the student’s experience and previous qualifications and students are recommended to discuss their best options with the course director.

Career prospects

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in the pharmaceutical industry or in the clinical research arena. It is anticipated that modules and their international recognition will open up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhance their value to their employers.

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