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MSc Clinical Pharmacology

Programme Details

MSc 12 months full-time


To equip students for careers developing and expanding current knowledge of drugs and their use in man. To achieve this, the course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of drug action and metabolism, drug discovery and development, mechanisms of drug action, therapeutics, preclinical and clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Contact Information

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
Tel: +44 (0)1224 437097


The taught part of the course extends over two terms, consisting of approximately 100 hours of lectures and 10 days of practical classes in addition to tutorials, seminars and clinically based teaching. There are also practical laboratory sessions. MSc only: there is an original research project First Half-Session: Induction Course, Molecular Pharmacology, Drug Metabolism & Toxicology, Therapeutics, Computing, Statistics, Generic skills Second Half-Session: Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine, Basic Research Methods Introduction to Bio-Business (optional). A project involving original research is carried out over the last four months of the MSc programme. The research undertaken is linked to the areas of interest of the staff in the College but special interests may be accommodated. The project is written up in the form of a thesis.


Each course has its own assessment based on continuous assessment of practical and course work, and a written degree examination. Progression to a research project is dependent on performance in the individual courses. The MSc project is assessed with the submission of a thesis and viva examination.


Teaching is lecture based with directed self learning, practical classes (where appropriate) and tutorials to support the lecture material. External experts are invited on a regular basis to provide specialist expertise.  Many lectures are recorded via Camtasia and can be viewed again whenever they are needed providing a useful revision tool.


Careers options include the pharmaceutical industry, academia, Clinical Research Associates and Clinical Trials Co-ordinators, Regulatory and Safety Pharmacology


Equivalent to a UK second-class honours degree in a Biomedical Sciences such as Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or a degree in Medicine

Minimum 2.2, 60% or GPA 2.4/4 or 3.0/5 overall

International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirements of the University


Tuition Fee Rates 2015/16 - MSc Clinical Pharmacology

  • UK/EU students: £4,000
  • International students: £16,200

Further information about tuition fees and cost of living for both UK/EU and International students can be found on the Finance and Funding web pages.


Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.


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