Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation

Programme Details

Scotland has a tradition of excellence in clinical research and significant recent investment in the new science of Stratified Medicine make it the ideal place to acquire the skills required for a successful and fulfilling career in 21st century biomedicine.

Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new medicines.

This taught postgraduate Masters programme harnesses Scotland's strengths in Stratified Medicine, Clinical Trials, Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics and draws on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector. It is being developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).

Throughout this programme you will benefit from focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips you with grounding in the essential skills required to design, execute and evaluate modern clinical interventions.

This specially funded programme is open to UK/EU citizens. Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The awards cover all tuition costs and all you need to do is apply in order to be considered.

The MSc Stratified Medicine & Pharmacological Innovation is a joint postgraduate degree, the partners are University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde. Students choose to study in either Glasgow or Aberdeen. Glasgow is the lead institution and manage all applications, please click on the link below to be taken to their 'how to apply' webpages.

MSc 12 months full-time | On-campus learning | September start

Why Choose Aberdeen?

  • There is high demand for students with this qualification and you will be ideally place to pursue a career in the commercial or academic life sciences upon graduation.
  • You will be given the unique opportunity to undertake an industry placement as your main project. This fantastic opportunity will be offered by partner commercial organisations/companies and universities.
  • The programme will cover aspects of commercial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, together with the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology.
  • You will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes, enabling an appreciation of how to apply novel stratified approaches, together with clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of future clinical research and therapeutic practice.
  • You will gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments, and direct experience of how all of these techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
  • The five stakeholder universities, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Dundee and Edinburgh are internationally recognised as leaders in biomedical research, hosting highly collaborative and productive groups with the requisite expertise in pharmacology, clinical trial methodology, pharmacogenomics, and life sciences.

Contact Information

Heather Wallace, Course Coordinator 


Core Themes

  • Scientific basis of stratified medicine
  • Commercialisation of Science
  • Application of research and evaluation technologies

Sample Options

  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Drug disposition
  • Advanced Bio-business
  • New Venture Creation
  • Applied Health Economics
  • Clinical Trials: Principles and Methods
  • Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Systemic Reviews
  • Genome Enabled Medicine
  • Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory techniques - Core practical skills


The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. All projects will either have an industrial placement or a project which addresses an industrial need.

The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students, academics and industry representatives. Assessment will consist of submission of a Dissertation and a viva voce examination.


You will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. In addition, you will participate in modules/courses provided by the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde.

Tuition comprises core modules/courses (60 credits) and a series of optional modules/courses (60 credits) which enable participating students to personalise their degree better to align it with their future career aspirations. Students will also be offered a choice of project, which will afford them the opportunity to gain employability skills and to apply their new knowledge in a commercial or academic context. Further flexibility will be provided through a choice of host institution for some modules, and distance learning options for others.


Upon graduation you will be able to pursue a career in a variety of academic and industrial areas including clinical research, preclinical lab-based research, business development with expert knowledge in life sciences and Bioinformatics/biostatistics.

Candidates must normally possess:

  1. at least a second class honours degree in Life Science or Pharmacy/Pharmacology from a university in the United Kingdom; or
  2. a qualification deemed by the Joint Management Committee to be equivalent to the above; and/or
  3. professional or industrial experience deemed appropriate by the Joint Management
  4. please can you upload a personal statement with your application highlighting your career goals and how this programme will help you achieve them

Further information regarding academic entry requirements:


Tuition Fee Rates 2016/17 - MSc Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation

  • UK/EU students: £4,500
  • International students: £17,200

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.


Scottish Funding Council Awards

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: funded places.

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.

(Please note this cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other scholarship award)

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database


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