Taught course

Clinical Pharmacology

Institution
University of Glasgow · Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Qualifications
MSc(MedSci)

Entry requirements

The programme is open to medical, pharmacy and bioscience graduates. You should have an Honours degree or equivalent in your subject. In exceptional circumstances, other science graduates or bioscience graduates with an Ordinary degree may be eligible, on demonstration of appropriate postgraduate professional experience. Medical and pharmacy graduates are normally required to have at least three years postgraduate clinical experience. You are required to provide two references and full degree transcript plus a personal statement indicating why you wish to study this programme at the University of Glasgow.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Masters programme in Clinical Pharmacology offers focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips students with the essential skills required to function effectively as a clinical pharmacologist in the 21st century. As a student in the programme, you will acquire core skills, enabling an appreciation of how to apply clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of therapeutic practice and clinical research. Crucially, in addition to a firm grasp of the principles of molecular pharmacology, you will also gain foundational knowledge in the emerging science of pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.

Why Glasgow?

  • This programme is one of only a few UK postgraduate programmes that cover clinical pharmacology in sufficient detail to allow you to make an informed choice about pursuing clinical pharmacology as a career.
  • You will learn the basics of molecular genetics and population genetics as applied to pharmacogenetics and gene therapy.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in molecular methods and analysis along with critical interpretation of genomic literature. This will enable you to analyse, synthesise and formulate an action plan for personalised patient care.
  • You will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to engage in and contribute to discussions about therapeutic issues in the commercial and academic research environments. As part of the course you will undertake your own research project under expert supervision, which will allow you to consolidate your knowledge and apply the skills you have acquired.
  • At every stage of the course you will benefit from the close involvement of clinical academics and visiting lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry and national drug regulatory bodies: the programme is specifically designed to prepare graduate for future senior roles within the pharmaceutical medicine. Guest lecturers have recently included staff from Pfizer, Servier, Johnson & Johnson and the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

Programme Structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Principles of pharmacology
  • Medical statistics
  • Drug disposition
  • Pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine
  • Topics in therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical medicine.

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project.

The programme is made up of six compulsory courses of 20 credits each plus a dissertation/project of 60 credits in order to fulfil the requirements of a Master's degree.

The six courses are:

  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Drug Disposition
  • Medical Statistics
  • Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine
  • Topics in Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine

Dissertation

For the Master's component, there will be a dissertation that will take the form of an independent piece of work in which the student selects a relevant topic of interest and carries out either a laboratory-based or library/clinical data-based investigation in order to produce a report demonstrating in-depth , critical understanding and evaluation of the topic. The research project is examined internally and by an external examiner. The dissertation is worth 60 credits.

Topic of the Week

Each week, one or two students will take their turn to prepare and present material in a Topic of the Week session. It is intended that each presenter will give an overview of the topic, including a summary of the pharmacological features of the subject, and then lead a discussion among their classmates of the key aspects/controversies of the topic. These sessions are designed to further develop the research, communication and critical appraisal skills of each presenter, and to promote engagement with current issues in pharmacology and medical science amongst the class as a whole.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities include positions in academia, health care and the pharmaceutical industry; returning to more advanced positions within a previous clinical environment (eg pharmacicts, clinicians); and PhD study.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£20000

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/clinicalpharmacology/

Qualification and course duration

MSc(MedSci)

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cams-ins-clinpharm@glasgow.ac.uk