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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    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

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    07 November 2019

The Drug Development Science course is a highly flexible study programme designed for those working in or seeking to work in the field of drug development. The course aims to provide students with expertise and skills in all aspects of medicine development, including preclinical testing, clinical development, drug regulation and drug safety.

Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)
  • The study programme is compliant with both the PharmaTrain initiative of the European Commission and also with the Bologna Process.
  • Close links and regular speakers from pharmaceutical companies giving you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of drug discoveries.
  • Highly flexible course with a part-time option that will allow you to study around your work schedule.
  • Delivered by leading experts from the academic staff of King’s College London who work closely with the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.

Description

The Drug Development Science course offers you flexibility with the choice of modules and whether to study for a full Masters qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a one to four-year course that requires modules totalling 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of two to three years and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. There are 30 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops per module. Each module requires two to four hours of pre- reading and also exam preparation.

For the MSc there are approximately 80 hours of tutorials, plus supervision of dissertation research and ad hoc academic tutor meetings. Students could spend 200 to 300 hours researching and writing a dissertation.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in a medicines development arena at a higher level, opening up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhancing their value to their employers.

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