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Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert

Course Description

The training provided by the Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry MSc programme will equip you to work as a radiopharmaceutical scientist in a PET radiochemistry centre (cyclotron unit) or a conventional radiopharmacy, to provide diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to nuclear medicine centres or to study for a PhD.

Key benefits

- The only MSc level course in PET Radiochemistry subject worldwide.

- Includes a one-week work experience placement in a hospital, PET centre or industrial cyclotron centre.

- Multidisciplinary programme open to graduates in various science disciplines: chemists, bio-scientists, physicists, pharmacists.
Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/radiopharmaceutics-and-pet-radiochemistry-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The MSc in Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry at King's College London is unique, not only in the UK but worldwide. Radiopharmaceutics is a growing international industry facing a major skills shortage - graduates from this programme are in demand - whether in hospitals, preparing radiopharmaceuticals for cancer patients, in research in universities or industry or in the drug industry which is increasingly using PET (Positron Electron Tomography) as a major drug development tool.

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles and practice of radiopharmaceutical science; manufacturing and quality assurance of radiopharmaceuticals; appreciation of the design and operation of accelerator machines including cyclotrons; synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals from cyclotron-produced radionuclides; application of radiopharmaceuticals in biomedical research and clinical nuclear medicine.

- Course purpose -

To educate, train and equip students from a chemistry, pharmacy or related background to enter employment as radiopharmaceutical scientists in a PET radiochemistry centre (cyclotron unit) or in a conventional radiopharmacy, to provide diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to nuclear medicine centres or specialised commercial centres, or to study for PhD in this field.

- Course format and assessment -

The programme is assessed by a variety of mechanisms including: written examinations; practical laboratory work and reports; case studies and oral presentations; workshops; audio-visual presentations; and laboratory- or library-based research projects.

Career prospects

Expected destinations are the NHS and commercial nuclear medicine services, the pharmaceutical industry or PhD research.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


'King's has the reputation of being one of the best universities in my chosen field of study and offers excellent tutoring and readily accessible research material. Activities I have found most beneficial, have been the excursions to major sites and the experience gained through placement.'


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in a chemical, pharmaceutical, clinical or physical related subject. Funded studentships available to suitable qualified candidates. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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