Clinical Pharmacology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Our programme will provide you with full understanding of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic behaviour optimises evaluation in therapeutic clinical trials and post-registration use in the treatment and/or diagnosis of diseases. The award qualifies an individual as having received postgraduate training suitable for senior scientific and clinical posts within clinical pharmacology.


The modular training Pharmaceutical Medicine with Clinical Pharmacology is based on a series of intensive four or five-day residential/on-site taught modules. It consists of six compulsory modules and a number of optional modules. The compulsory modules are an obligatory component of the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine with Clinical Pharmacology. Eleven modules are now scheduled each year. The six compulsory modules plus Research Methods for dissertation will be timetabled to run every year with the remaining eight modules split into two groups of four (Group A and Group B). These will be timetabled to be delivered on alternative years.

Each module comprises lectures and a variety of case studies, demonstrations, syndicate work and tutorials, and is preceded by preparatory study for which carefully selected pre-course reading material is provided. The modules are usually assessed by two 2,000 word post module assignments in the form of essays, case studies or data interpretation exercises. The time line for the submission of these assignments is 10 weeks following completion of the module via the SurreyLearn module assignment submission folder.

Students registered for the MSc must successfully complete the six compulsory modules and two optional modules before they can undertake the Research Methods module and the Dissertation module.

Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma must successfully complete the six compulsory modules and two optional modules.

Relevance to industry

Pharmaceutical companies and health-related organisations increasingly demand experienced staff with expert knowledge. Our programmes, established in 1994, provide training in pharmaceutical medicine and clinical pharmacology across the drug development process.

We provide academic postgraduate training for senior scientific or clinical positions which demonstrates your proficiency across the fields of pharmaceutical medicine and clinical pharmacology, and enhances your understanding of the underlying scientific disciplines involved.

Economic pressures and work commitments can make it difficult for organisations to release staff for training on a long-term basis. Our part-time, modular programmes are designed to fit in with full-time employment and make it easier to balance work commitments with learning.

We regularly attract professionals from pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations, government departments and health services from all over the world.

Most students undertaking these programmes are already in direct or indirect full-time employment within the pharmaceutical sector and use the programme to increase their skills, knowledge and job satisfaction, and to aid their career progression.

These programmes are designed for individuals developing their career in the field of drug development. They are unsuitable for recently qualified graduates with limited work experience in this field.

Programme Structure

Scheduled modules
Ethical and Legal Aspects

This module looks at the legal and ethical requirements for conduct of clinical research, with an emphasis on regulatory control.

Regulatory Affairs

This module covers the systems adopted by government authorities for regulating safety, efficacy and quality of medicines during the development and marketing of new drugs.

Health Economics

Provides key concepts underpinning pharmacoeconomic evaluations at different stages in the drug development process and the nature of pharmacoeconomics to the healthcare provider and healthcare user.

Clinical Development and Therapeutics

To provide a systematic overview and critical evaluation of the design, planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting on Phase II-IV clinical trials; and the application of the principles of clinical research to clinical trial design across therapeutic areas.

Clinical Pharmacology and Early Human Studies

The module provides the principles of clinical pharmacology and how they are applied in the design and conduct of clinical studies. In addition the module will addresses legal, ethical, moral and regulatory requirements of study design in healthy human volunteer subjects.

Paediatric Drug Development

To provide a systematic overview of the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks and requirements for devising an effective paediatric medicines development programme. Enables the design and conduct of clinical trials to meet the special needs of paediatrics and also enables the development of paediatric plans to meet the requirements of Regulatory agencies. Provides insight into strategic considerations and opportunities for paediatric clinical research.

Pre-Clinical Discovery and Development

The aims of the module are to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of the early stages in the drug development process, from research strategy to lead candidate identification. Covers methodology used in the establishing the toxicological profile of new drug candidates and predicting drug safety in man.

Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism (Clinical Pharmacology)

A good knowledge of ADMET (adsorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, toxicity) is central to the drug development process in both humans and experimental animal species. This module examines pharmacokinetics from mathematical data analysis and modelling of ADME to interpretation of results. This will include a detailed study of xenobiotic metabolism and the factors that affect biotransformation.

Oncology (Clinical Pharmacology)

To provide the student with an overview of oncology from basic tumour biology through drug design and clinical trials. An important theme will be how drug design is influenced by our understanding of tumour biology, and how drug design in turn influences and is influenced by clinical trial design and outcome, particularly with respect to the use of biomarkers.

Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Medicine (Clinical Pharmacology)

The aims of the module are to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacogenomics in relation to drug metabolising enzymes, drug transporters and drug receptors in relation to clinical therapeutics, disease biomarkers, adverse drug events, ethics and clinical trial design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

    Students registered for the MSc must successfully complete the six compulsory modules and two optional modules before they can undertake the Research Methods module and the Dissertation module.

    Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma must successfully complete the six compulsory modules and two optional modules.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Medical graduates and those with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in appropriate bioscience or health disciplines.

You will take four modules as standalone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1100 GBP per year and a duration of 60 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Study modeStart dateUK/EU feesOverseas feesPart-timeSep 2016£1,100*£1,100*Part-timeJan 2017£1,100** per 15 credits

    Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

Living costs for Guildford

  • 660 - 1140 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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