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Stratified Medicine holds huge potential in the timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new treatments. This taught postgraduate Masters programme draws on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector, to create a highly skilled workforce. It harnesses Scotland’s strengths in Stratified Medicine, Clinical Trials, Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics to provide focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips students with grounding in the essential skills required to design, execute and evaluate modern clinical interventions.

Why this programme

  • The programme will cover the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology and the clinical evaluation of the resultant new medicines, taught by internationally recognised experts.
  • The aim of this programme is to train researchers who can break down the barriers that currently prevent discoveries at the bench from being translated into treatments at the bedside
  • The University of Glasgow has a global reputation in the field of clinical trials and stratified medicine. You will be taught by a multidisciplinary team of world leading scientists and clinicians within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.
  • Students will gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments.
  • Students on the programme will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes available to researchers in Glasgow, enabling an appreciation of how to apply novel stratified approaches, together with clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of future clinical research and therapeutic practice.
  • We have excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business which will help you understand the science, methodology and terminology used by scientists and clinicians from different disciplines. You will learn to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, critically evaluate a wide range of scientific data and research strategies and learn how to make a significant contribution to research and treatment in the 21st century.
  • Students will learn how all of the above techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
  • Scholarships available

Programme structure

Students will undertake core courses which will account for 90 credits and a further 30 credits from options, which will enable students to personalise their degree to better align it with their future career aspirations. Students will also be offered a choice of project.

Core courses

  • Topics in Therapeutics: General Topics and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine: Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine 
  • Evidence Based Research in Medicine 
  • Clinical Trials: Principles and Methods
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Optional courses

  • Pharmacogenomics & Molecular Medicine: Applied Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine
  • Topics in Therapeutics: Commonly Used Drugs
  • Drug Disposition
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Medical Statistics 2
  • Introduction to Clinical & Research Laboratory Management

Project and assessment

The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students and academics. Assessment will consist of submission of a dissertation and a viva examination.

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

Graduates of this programme will be competitive applicants for the positions in the commercial life sciences sector, or for PhD study in an academic or combined commercial/academic environment.


Visit the Clinical Trials & Stratified Medicine (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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