12 months
29310 GBP/year
18900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Drug Development Science course at King's College London is a highly flexible study programme designed for those working in or seeking to work in the field of clinical drug development. The course aims to provide students with expertise and skills in all aspects of clinical research, drug regulation and drug safety.


The Drug Development Science MSc at King's College London eqiups indivduals with the knowedge ad skills to manage drug development projects and make critical decisions during the development of a medicine. It has been framed in such a manner that it will enhance the skills of those working in the pharmaceutical industry, who wish to take a leadership role in drug development and those who currently work in aligned clinical or scientific disciplines and wish to enter this field.

Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 13th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • The study programme is compliant with both the PharmaTrain initiative of the European Commission and thus allows international transfer of credits.
  • Components of the course are taught by members of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory authorities giving you insights and up-to-the- minute knowledge of drug development.
  • 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.

Career prospects

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in a medicines development field, opening up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhancing their value to their employers. Previous students have gone on to work in regulatory agencies, clinical research companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and pharmaceutical contract research organisations.   

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Preclinical Science 
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 
  • Biological and Advanced Therapies
  • Drug Safety & Ethics
  • Clinical Drug Development 
  • Drug Development Statistics and Data Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) or a 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related subject, or overseas equivalent. 
  • Applicants without a degree but with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. 
  • A personal statement is required. (maximum 4,000 characters)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained.
  • One reference is required: professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
  • You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29310 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29310 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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