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This Clinical Pharmacology degree programme offers focused training integrating basic and clinical sciences, and equipping 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

  • NUMBER 3 in UK for Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of molecular genetics and population genetics as applied to pharmacogenetics and gene therapy.
  • Gain hands-on experience in molecular methods and analysis along with critical interpretation of genomic literature, enabling you to analyse, synthesise and formulate an action plan for personalised patient care.
  • Engage in, and contribute to, discussions about therapeutic issues in the commercial and academic research environments.
  • Undertake your own research project under expert supervision, allowing you to consolidate your knowledge and apply the skills you have acquired.
  • 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 you 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.

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Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in:

  • Academia
  • Health care
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Return to more advanced positions within a previous clinical environment eg pharmacists, clinicians
  • PhD study

More Information on this Programme


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

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