This specially funded programme is open to UK/EU citizens. The award covers tuition fees and all you need to do is apply in order to be considered.
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 new taught postgraduate Masters programme draws on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector, to create a highly skilled workforce and is being developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC). 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.
• MSc: 12 months full-time;
• Contact: [email protected]
• Students will be given the unique opportunity to undertake an industry placement as their main project. This fantastic opportunity will be offered by partner commercial organisations/companies and universities
• Students on the programme will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes, 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.
• The programme will cover aspects of commercial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, together with the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology
• Students will also gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments, and direct experience of how all of these techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
• Following successful completion of the programme a joint master’s degree will be awarded.
• The four stakeholder universities, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Strathclyde are internationally recognised as leaders in biomedical research, hosting highly collaborative and productive groups with the requisite expertise in pharmacology, clinical trial methodology, pharmacogenomics, and life sciences. This vibrant environment, coupled with Scotland’s tradition of excellence in clinical research and significant recent investment in the new science of Stratified Medicine make it the ideal place to acquire the transferrable skills required for a successful and fulfilling career in 21st century biomedicine.
Students will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. In addition both groups of students will participate in modules provided by the Universities of Edinburgh, Dundee and Strathclyde. Tuition will comprise (a) core modules (60 credits) and a series of optional modules (60 credits) which enable participating students to personalise their degree better to align it with their future career aspirations. Students will also be offered a choice of project, which will afford them the opportunity to gain employability skills and to apply their new knowledge in a commercial or academic context. Further flexibility will be provided through a choice of host institution for some modules, and distance learning options for others.
• Scientific basis of stratified medicine
• Commercialisation of Science
• Application of research and evaluation technologies
• Pharmaceutical Medicine
• Drug disposition
• Interdisciplinary Integrative Skills
• Advanced Bio-business
• New Venture Creation
• Applied Health Economics
• Clinical Trail Methodology
• Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
• Challenges of Drug Development
• Health Informatics
• Spatial Epidemiology
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Systemic Reviews
• Genome Enabled Medicine
• Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
• Biologic Drug Discovery
• Laboratory techniques – Core practical skills
Project and Assessment
The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. All projects will either have an industrial placement or a project which addresses an industrial need. The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students, academics and industry representatives. Assessment will consist of submission of a Dissertation and a viva voce examination.
Graduates will be able to pursue careers in a variety of academic and industrial areas including clinical research, preclinical lab-based research, business development with expert knowledge in life sciences and Bioinformatics/biostatistics.