12 months
27990 GBP/year
14700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Clinical Drug Development programme offered at the University College London (UCL) offers specialist training in all aspects of drug development, from current innovations, to unmet clinical needs, with an emphasis on research skills.


 Students of the Clinical Drug Development programme offered at the University College London (UCL)  will be exposed to leading research scientists, biotechnologists and pharmaceutical companies. Students will be taught research methodology, including the translation of basic science research into novel therapies for human disease, and the philosophy, governance and social implications of health research.

How does the MRes differ from the MSc?

The Master of Research (MRes) programme, while containing some taught elements, focuses more on research skills. It will provide an excellent introduction to research methods and will provide a good preparation for post-doctoral study. MRes students will complete a 105 credit research project, while the MSc students will complete a 60 credit research project.

Destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • Imperial College London: Research Associate
  • GlaxoSmithKline: Senior Scientist
  • St George's Hospital: Consultant Physician
  • Garvan Institute: Researcher
  • UCL: Laboratory Manager and Research Assistant

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Drug Discovery 
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology or Ethics and Regulation Research
  • Ethics and Regulation of Research

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper-second class UK Bachelor's medical degree in a healthcare or health-related subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27990 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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