King's College London

Drug Development Science MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Practical Information

Commencing Date :
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Location :
London United Kingdom

Teaching Methodology :
Blended Learning

European Fees :
13800 GBP
Non European Fees :
21750 GBP
Scholarship Possibilities :

Course Contact

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+44 (0)20 7848 4684


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King's College London

University Accreditation : Yes

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Overview Pharmaceutical Medicine is the medical scientific discipline concerned with the discovery, development, evaluation, registration, monitoring and medical aspects of the marketing of medicines for the benefit of patients and the health of the community. In this rapidly expanding field of medicine there is a need for high quality education programmes that are compliant with the PharmaTrain initiative of the European Commission, but also with the Bologna Process. The programmes at King’s are the first in the UK that meet both of these requirements. This, plus the opportunity to study at a world class university makes King’s the ideal place at which to study for one of these MSc subjects. Clinical Pharmacology is the study of how drugs influence human physiology and the way the body handles drugs. It is a vital part of the early clinical development of new medicines. It requires an understanding of preclinical science, ethical and legal requirements for clinical research programmes and how to design and interpret individual clinical trials. A well designed clinical pharmacology programme informs the final regulatory of a new medicine. Generating skilled clinical pharmacologists is therefore vital to ensure that new medicines are efficiently developed. Translational Medicine is an emerging and highly topical discipline that involves the translation of science from the bench to the bedside, and much of this is focussed on novel drug therapies. The bank of in vitro, pre-clinical and human testing required to do this often leaves scientists bemused, but experts in translational medicine can plot a pathway to enable the very best therapies to be tested in human subjects. The MSc programmes will not only equip the students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the whole of the drug development process and the medical aspects of the marketing of pharmaceutical products but also give them the opportunity to undertake a research project that will enable them to apply these skills and should lead to one or more publications. Key benefits - King's is ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016) - Programmes align with the PharmaTrain and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine curricula. - Flexible programmes with a part-time option that allow you to fit the modules in with your work schedule. - Teaching given by leading experts from the academic staff of King’s College London, from the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities. Course detail Description Gain the skills to evaluate, plan and execute the studies involved in taking a new medicine from the exploratory clinical development phase through to the point of applying for marketing approval, including regulatory processes. One of three modular programmes in Pharmaceutical Medicine designed for working physicians, clinical scientists and allied health professionals. Course purpose This programme is for those working in or seeking to work in the field of clinical drug development. It covers all aspects of the clinical development process through from the earliest studies to post marketing activities. It will enhance knowledge and skills in all aspects of clinical research, drug regulation and drug safety. Further literature Please send an email to Hayley Kelly at to request an application form for part-time or standalone modular study. Course format and assessment Three assignments plus one online multiple choice test for each module. Extra information Each module in this programme is delivered as a distinct, intensive 4 or 5 day taught course, plus pre- and post-course reading and assignments. Each module can also be taken as a standalone module.

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered


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