Taught course

Clinical Pharmacology

University of Aberdeen · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

A good first degree in Medicine, Biological Science or Pharmacy is required. Candidates in the UK being considered for a place on the course may be interviewed and will be encouraged to visit Aberdeen. We ask that applications be forwarded to us by 31st July in order to allow us to get the application finalised and you to get accommodation and funding etc. organised.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme in Clinical Pharmacology is run in the Department of Medicine & Therapeutics as part of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine.

The programme is designed to provide training in research methodologies and techniques in clinical pharmacology and toxicology for medical and science graduates. The programme was founded in 1982 but from 1998 has been modularised, and students now undertake individual courses which lead to the final qualification.

The programme continues to be popular with graduates from many different backgrounds, both in the UK and worldwide. Our graduates are much sought after and employment rates within 2 months of completion of the course are >98%.

As a result of modularisation offering greater flexibility, short courses, including CPD, can be offered to individuals according to their specific needs.

Structure and Content:
The programme is divide into two segments with the taught elements scheduled bewteen September and March and the research element scheduled form April until August. The taught section is divided into two half sessions with the first session dealing with Induction, generic skills, IT skills, statistics, Molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism and toxicology and therapeutics. The second session covers Pahrmacovigilance, pharmacokinetics, evidence based medicine and options in research methods or gene nutrient interaction.

Aims and Objectives:
Clinical Pharmacology aims to equip students for careers developing and expanding current knowledge of drugs.

To achieve this, the programme will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to:

The study of drug discovery and development
Mechanisms of drug action
Preclinical and clinical trials
Regulatory affairs

Information for international students

Please seehttp://www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1224 551386
+44 (0)1224 550708