Taught course

Neuroscience and Translational Medicine

Queen Mary, University of London · Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science

Entry requirements

If you are a recent graduate in medicine, pharmacy or biomedical science, you are more likely to want to follow the full-time MSc programme. If you are a medical graduate, dentistry graduate, pharmacist or nurse, or scientist in the public or private sector, and are currently employed, the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma may appeal more to you if you want a shorter programme of study, more compatible with full-time professional activity.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will give you a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies. At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment.

The formal teaching includes lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and a research project. Our lecturers are specialists in their field and are pre-clinical scientists and clinicians. There are also invited speakers - leading researchers from other UK or international academic institutions and senior scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

Programme outline
The programme provides coverage of the following topics:

Mechanisms of disease and drug targets in the nervous system
Unmet therapeutic needs in major disease areas in neurology
Biomarkers of disease and their role in drug development
Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology and bioinformatics
Drug discovery
Drug development
Clinical trial design and regulatory requirements
Intellectual property
The first core module covers fundamental concepts in drug discovery and development, and continues with five special modules which cover comprehensively specific disease areas comprehensively. This programme is delivered on two half-days per week, throughout the academic year.

Information for international students

Evidence of English proficiency is required of students for whom English is not their first language. A minimum overall score of 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mr Surinder Pal
+44 (0)20 7882 8605