Clinical Pharmacology MSc

Clinical Pharmacology, MSc

Introduction

Do you want to promote the safer use of medicines in man? Our Clinical Pharmacology MSc aims to develop your research skills, your knowledge of clinical drugs and their use in the real world.

Key Facts

Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
September
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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Overview

The University of Aberdeen has been producing high quality Clinical Pharmacology graduates for over 30 years and has been at the forefront of pharmacology research for over 50 years.

Common themes throughout this MSc programme include molecular pharmacology and toxicology within the fields of disease, the drug discovery process and drug design and development. The programme will enable you to access leading academic and industry experts and provide you with valuable networking opportunities. Coupled with the skills and experience that you will gain throughout your studies, your employability and career prospects will be improved.

The MSc is ideal for recent graduates, medics and scientists, who would like to improve their career prospects, fill skills gaps and further their hands-on research experience.

We aim to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the principles of pharmacology and methods
  • An ability to apply knowledge in academic and real world health contexts
  • Opportunities to learn from world renowned researchers

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Introduction

The taught part of our MSc Clinical Pharmacology programme extends over two terms. It consists of approximately 150 hours of lectures and 10 days of practical classes in addition to tutorials, seminars and teaching.

Over the last four months of the programme, students will undertake a project involving original research. The research will be linked to the areas of interest of the college and staff but special interests can be accommodated. The project is presented in the form of a thesis.

Compulsory Courses

Molecular Pharmacology (MT5024)

This course will cover a wide range of topics and will include revision of receptor theory and intra- and inter- cellular communication. Cancer will be used a s model disease and the molecular basis of cancer, how it is treated, clinical issues, drug resistance and chemotherapy and prevention

Drug Metabolism & Toxicology (MT5003)

This course provides advanced level drug metabolism and includes the importance of drug transporters in the drug discovery process, dealing with molecular toxicology and pharmacology at an advanced level. Mechanisms of drug and oxidative stress and immunopharmacology are described. External experts are invited to provide their unique expertise on a range of topics which can include toxicopathology, immunotoxicology, risk assessment and an industrial perspective on the drug discovery process.

Therapeutics (MT5027)

This course will describe and review the use of medicinal compounds in man together with methods to assess and describe efficacy and toxicity. A number of exemplar disease areas and at risk populations will be selected and the drugs used to treat these conditions and populations discussed and explained. The importance of understand drug mechanisms of action and associated risk as well as benefit will be emphasised in a clinical setting. The course will consider both drugs in current use and those in development.

Applied Statistics (PU5017)

This course intends to develop the student's awareness of the fact that statistical techniques are integral to scientific research. Researchers must be able to specify a precise research question in statistical terms and then select an appropriate study design in order to carry out an effective research project. They must also be able to assess the adequacy of the research presented in scientific or medical literature. The same skills are also required for many MSc dissertation projects.

Basic Skills - Induction (MT5010)

This course is designed to provide or revise the basic skills you will require for your MSc. The course will revise basic laboratory skills and techniques and advance these to a level required to undertake graduate practical classes and projects by developing hands-on experience, competence and confidence in key laboratory skills. An expert from the library will explain the use and facilities of the library and the basics of database searching to enhance research skills and project validation.

Generic Skills (GS50M1)

This course will improve your employability skills. I-SEE (Individualised self-assessment to enhance employability) is a bespoke online resource developed to help identify your strengths and areas needing improvement. The self-assessment process allows you to identify development areas for employability skills like communication, IT and numeracy skills and personal attributes like creativity, organisation and timekeeping, flexibility, team working. This leads to automated, tailored feedback and signposting to self-study to assist in improving your CV. Reflection and an e-portfolio will assist in articulation of these enhanced skills/attributes during mock interviews. Some sessions are compulsory, but otherwise it involves self-directed learning.

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Pharmacovigilance (MT5501)

The will comprise lectures, tutorials and seminars. The curriculum will provide an in-depth look at pharmacovigilance using examples from both first and third world countries and will include detection of adverse drug reactions; causality assessment; prevention of adverse drug reactions including correct prescribing, prevention of drug errors and promotion of rational drug use; and communication of risk-benefit information to the general public.

Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine (MT5502)

This course will provide you with an introduction to evidence-based medicine. It will also include a description of the elements of pharmaceutical research as well as of the drug development process.

Pharmacokinetics (MT5518)

Pharmacokinetics describe “what the body does to a drug” and thus is a central feature of applied pharmacology. The course will develop an understanding of the role that pharmacokinetics play in all aspects of drug administration, distribution, metabolism and excretion and how these effects can be modelled and predicted graphically and mathematically. Such modelling is a fundament of therapeutic regimen design, drug development, clinical pharmacology and drug safety and will be considered within all of these contexts providing a broad and relevant appreciation of the importance of pharmacokinetics to the pharmacologist

Basic Research Methods (MT5515)

This course reviews a range of methodologies that are currently used in basic research. Experts in the various techniques describe the methodology and showcase the equipment.

Business of Science (BT5506)

This is a short introductory course to outline the basics of the commercialisation of bio scientific ideas.

The main aim of this course is to introduce you to the language of business and demystify some of the jargon that surrounds business models, intellectual property rights (IPR) and finance. This is an opportunity to understand the basics of Bio-business and the commercialisation of bioscience.

Optional Courses

Health Informatics (distance Learning) (PU5532)

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

Semester 3

Introduction

We have a dynamic research culture at the University and as part of the MSc you will undertake an original research project, supervised by a member of staff, over a period of 16 weeks. This is an excellent opportunity to carry out pioneering research, often as an active member of an existing research group. A list of proposed projects, based on the work currently being undertaken by lecturing staff, is distributed to the students early in the second half session.

Compulsory Courses

Examples of previous projects:

  • The future of detecting and treating gastric cancer
  • TB multidrug resistance – a problem that just won’t go away
  • Multi-Compartment Compliances
  • Evaluating novel inhibitors of P-glycoprotein
Research Project 2 (MT5903)

The research project is the climax of the MSc programme and involves working on an independent research project for 12 weeks prior to completion of a dissertation. It involves utilisation of much of the skills developed throughout the previous 2 semesters, and is selected based on student interests and preferences.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

The teaching of our MSc Clinical Pharmacology programme is lecture based with self-directed learning, practical classes (where appropriate) and tutorials to support the lecture material. External experts are also regularly invited to provide specialist expertise. Many lectures are recorded via Camtasia and can be viewed again when required.

The MSc makes the most of hands-on learning to enable repeated exposure to evidence-based practice using real life examples. Some of the teaching methods employed in the programme include:

  • Inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary learning
  • Exposure to leading academic and industry experts
  • Research-led teaching taught by Key Opinion Leaders
  • Insight into real-life situations and examples
  • Real-life learning in a clinical environment

On-going support is provided by the University’s dedicated, interdisciplinary team of experienced researchers, who will be tutoring you. Peer support will develop throughout the course(s) as engagement with students from other countries and disciplines is actively encouraged.

Much of the teaching on this course is participatory and students are expected to consolidate all taught content by completing related tasks and activities and engaging in independent study in their own time.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Lab Work
  • Research
  • Individual Projects

Assessment

Each course has its own continuous assessment criteria based on the progress of practical and course work as well as 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.

Why Study Clinical Pharmacology?

  • You will be taught by world-leading researchers and qualified clinicians on-site and you will experience studying within the one of the top 10 medical schools in the UK.
  • We have a huge range of online learning materials so you can re-listen to lectures and access revision materials whenever you need to. We aim to make your learning as interactive as possible to improve your understanding of clinical scenarios.
  • You will benefit from having access to clinical teachers and researchers who are key opinion leaders in their field. You will be taught by people who have experience of working for regulatory bodies and Government, which will provide you with useful insights into the pharmacology employment market.
  • You will learn pharmacology best practices, increasing the relevancy of your degree. There will also be opportunities to build a network of contacts within the clinical pharmacology field.
  • We strongly believe in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary learning, which is reflected in the collaborations we organise with other universities, research institutions and governments within the UK, Europe, America and more than 12 developing countries.
  • You will have access to a hospital and a University – all on one campus. The Foresterhill Health Campus at the University is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes a Medical School, large teaching hospital and the Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • We are one of the top 10 UK Universities for spin-out company formation.
  • The British Pharmacological Society has recognised the University of Aberdeen as a site of special scientific interest based on its achievements in pharmacology.
  • The University has the rare distinction of having two British Pharmacological Society Wellcome Gold Medal winners on staff.
  • Award winning research on opioids and cannabinoids was carried out by world-renowned Professors Kosterlitz and Pertwee at the University.
  • The University of Aberdeen is associated with a Nobel Prize for research which led to the development of insulin as a treatment for diabetes.

What our Current Students Say

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    Ying Zhang

    All of the staff here are very friendly and passionate, they give me a lot of support with my studies. What’s more, the price of the tuition fees is very reasonable, which is very important for self-supported students like myself.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £4,500
International Students Tuition fee for main award £17,200
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding

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. Check out the University's Postgraduate Funding Database for more information.

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

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants will usually require a second class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in a biomedical science subject such as biochemistry, biomedical science, pharmacology or a degree in medicine or pharmacy.

Please check our International student pages for information about country-specific entry requirements.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé

Facilities

  • The Institute of Medical Sciences

    The Institute of Medical Sciences

    Focused on developing future effective therapies, the Institute of Medical Sciences houses nearly 400 researchers and support staff working on cutting-edge biomedical subjects aimed at understanding the human body's response to infection and disease.

  • Library facilities

    Library facilities

    A dedicated Medical Library on the Foresterhill Health Campus and the fantastic facilities in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at King’s College, are complemented by online access to the key medical and health sciences journals and textbooks.

  • Foresterhill Health Campus

    Foresterhill Health Campus

    The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

Careers

Completing the MSc programme in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen will equip you with a range of essential research skills that you can apply to workplace environments. You will be able to conduct research into new drugs and promoting the safer use of medicines.

An MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen will prove a rewarding platform towards a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Completion of the programme alone will show prospective employers that you have the hands-on research experience required to bring value to their organisation.

Industry Links

We have strong links with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry including Servier, GSK, Pfizer and AstraZeneca and with small biotechnology companies such as Novabiotics, Antoxis, Cell ProTx and TC Biopharma. These companies provide expert teaching and training opportunities during the degree.

We also have excellent links with the NHS and are co-located with a large NHS teaching hospital on the Foresterhill Health campus.

Our Experts

The programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of world renowned and vastly experienced researchers in clinical pharmacology with each course having its own specialised co-ordinator(s).

Other Experts
Dr Steve Tucker
Dr Shona Fielding
Dr James McLay
Dr Gordon Prescott
Dr Allison Carrington
Dr Mary Macleod
Dr Julie Crockett
Professor Andy Porter
Programme Coordinator
Professor Heather Wallace

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

What our Alumni Say

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    I chose the University of Aberdeen because of its excellent reputation for research and the cutting-edge facilities. This programme enables students to acquire diverse skills in their chosen field and beyond through collaboration.

Contact

Address
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen

AB25 2ZD
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 437096
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