Programme description This programme will give you a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies. At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment.
The formal teaching includes lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and a research project. Our lecturers are specialists in their field and are pre-clinical scientists and clinicians. There are also invited speakers - leading researchers from other UK or international academic institutions and senior scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.
Programme outline The programme provides coverage of the following topics:
Mechanisms of disease and drug targets in the nervous system Unmet therapeutic needs in major disease areas in neurology Biomarkers of disease and their role in drug development Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology and bioinformatics Drug discovery Drug development Clinical trial design and regulatory requirements Intellectual property The first core module covers fundamental concepts in drug discovery and development, and continues with five special modules which cover comprehensively specific disease areas comprehensively. This programme is delivered on two half-days per week, throughout the academic year.
‘I have enjoyed many aspects of the Neuroscience and Translational Medicine course, especially meeting patients in a clinical setting while studying the diseases they suffer from. As we also learn about the drugs these patients are using, this ties together the scientific, clinical and personal aspects of these diseases wonderfully. As scientists who aim to research and develop novel therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases I feel this course with its varied modules and excellent lecturing staff has strengthened my existing knowledge and introduced me to new concepts of research and drug development pathways.’
“What makes this postgraduate programme unique from other programmes, is the first hand clinical experience gained in the different specialised modules. Understanding the clinical aspects of many neurological diseases has made it much easier to apply the scientific knowledge I have gained both in this programme and from my undergraduate degree. The team of clinicians and visiting lecturers associated with this programme, have made this a very interesting and challenging experience. I would definitely recommend this degree to anyone who is looking to pursue neuroscience at postgraduate level. “
If you are a recent graduate in medicine, pharmacy or biomedical science, you are more likely to want to follow the full-time MSc programme.If you are a medical graduate, dentistry graduate, pharmacist or nurse, or scientist in the public or private sector, and are currently employed, the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma may appeal more to you if you want a shorter programme of study, more compatible with full-time professional activity.
MSc Home/EU £7,700 and Overseas £13,350; PGDip Home/EU £5,135 and Overseas £8,900; PGCert Home/EU £2,570 and Overseas £4,450
Recipient: Queen Mary University of London
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