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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time, 24 Months Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    20 June 2019

The University of Aberdeen is highly regarded for Clinical Pharmacology as the discipline has been taught and delivered for 30 years and research spans 50 years. The programme draws on strengths within the university and medical area within disease discovery and treatment.

The major innovation of Insulin was first developed at University of Aberdeen in the 1920s, winning the inventors a Nobel Prize and giving the world a major step forward in the management and regulation of insulin. Since this time the discovery of drug process, treatment and design has been developed and researched at Aberdeen. The University is also known for its research in food and nutrition, bacteria, gut issues researched at the world famous Rowett Institute and growing knowledge of disease process and latest innovative treatments.

Clinical pharmacology forms a critical part of the drug development process and our graduates are employed in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. These industries are now in rapid growth due to a combination of innovations and strength within customised and other types of medicine and treatment industry areas. The industry is also a major contributor of GDP in the UK. Further innovations which link into this industry come from easier upscaling processes, customisation and the Internet of Things and more ability to treat and diagnose at source.

There is always a strong need for the discipline to provide a foundation to any new innovations which often come from multidisciplinary teams. Our aim is to train students in the major areas of clinical pharmacology including molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism and toxicology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and experimental medicine. The programme aims to achieve this by a multi-disciplinary approach.

This programme is ideal for newly qualified graduates in medical science disciplines such as biomedical sciences, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and similar degrees. Careers can include work in clinical trials and NPD in pharmaceutical industries, doctoral research towards teaching, spin-outs and major innovations, regulation in the pharmaceutical industry and more.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
  • Therapeutics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Basic Skills- Induction
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Basic Research Methods
  • Business of Science


  • Health Informatics (distance learning

Semester 3

  • Research Project

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by one of the top 10 medical schools in the UK with one of the largest campuses in Europe
  • Teaching is from academic and clinical teachers within a clinical setting
  • You get a great range of multidisciplinary learning from our research
  • We are in the top 10 for university spin out and company formation
  • We won five Nobel Peace Prizes for major innovations including Insulin and the fight against hunger

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September start

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