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Clinical Pharmacology MSc

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The Clinical Pharmacology course will give you the skills to design, analyse, interpret and report clinical research and clinical trials. It focuses on understanding what a drug is doing to the body (pharmacodynamics), what happens to a drug in the body (pharmacokinetics), and how drugs work in terms of treating a particular disease. It is designed for scientists, physicians, clinical scientists and allied health professionals interested in the clinical development process.

Key benefits

  • Study at a university ranked Top 10 in Europe for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Lectures and workshops are delivered by a mixture of academics, clinicians and leading industry experts from the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Coordinated study programme with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians curricula.
  • Accredited PharmTrain centre of excellence which allows international transfer of credits.
  • A vibrant cohort of participants, studying both full-time and part-time, with the part-time option allowing you to study around your work schedule.
  • Modules with blended learning, integrating the latest learning technologies with face-to-face teaching.

Both taught and research components of the course were intellectually engaging and provided students with valuable skills to advance to PhD or a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Alice, Alumni, Clinical Pharmacology MSc

Clinical Pharmacology is the study of how drugs influence human physiology and the way the body responds. This understanding forms a vital part of the clinical development of new medicines. In the process of drug development, clinical pharmacologists are particularly important in understanding how the drug influences the natural physiological processes, as well as disease pathology and hence, they have a large role in designing clinical investigations, monitoring patients, exploring pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationships and testing medicines in specific patient populations. The theme has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in either pharmacology and/or clinical science to expand their knowledge base beyond their initial field of specialisation and hence, to empower them to make critical decisions during the development of a medicine. The taught postgraduate level modules provide the ability to enhance both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Clinicians are drawn from King’s College and King’s Health Partners to provide a balanced perspective in this field. The courses emphasise the integrated learning of pharmacological principles and clinical practical competence with medicines development.  The course is made up of compulsory and optional modules.  The course is made up of optional and required modules.The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits from a dissertation of around 8,000-10,000 words.  If you are studying the MSc, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MSc qualification part-time, your course will take up to six years to complete.  Location: This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select. 

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. There are 30 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops per module. Each module requires two to four hours of pre-reading and also exam preparation.

For the MSc project there are approximately 80 hours of tutorials, plus supervision of dissertation research and ad hoc academic tutor meetings. Students should spend 200 to 300 hours researching and writing a dissertation.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of coursework and online examinations. The MSc course also requires a research and dissertation based in the area of clinical pharmacology.

Coursework contributes 50% and examinations 50% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Preclinical Science (15 credits)
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Biological and Advanced Therapies (15 credits)
Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
Drug Development Statistics & Data Management (15 credits)
Theory and Practice of Pharmacokinetics (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take two of the three options, that typically include:

Drug Development Pharmacology (15 credits)
Practical Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Exploratory Drug Development (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in the pharmaceutical industry or in the clinical research arena. It is anticipated that modules and their international recognition will open up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhance their value to their employers. A clinical pharmacologist supports the discovery and development of new medicines, and improving understanding of existing ones. The Clinical Pharmacology Scientist aids in all aspects of medicine management. They provide specialist advice to healthcare professionals regarding medicines interactions and form a key part of groups aiming to translate novel therapeutics into medicines. 

 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: MSc - £18,900 per year (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £1,575 (2022/23), Per 60 credit module £6,300 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: MSc - £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £2,325 (2022/23), Per 60 credit module £9,300 (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Full-time MSc:

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

· If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

· If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer. If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Part-time MSc:

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place, which is the full cost of the module.

 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Clinical Pharmacology is the study of how drugs influence human physiology and the way the body responds. This understanding forms a vital part of the clinical development of new medicines. In the process of drug development, clinical pharmacologists are particularly important in understanding how the drug influences the natural physiological processes, as well as disease pathology and hence, they have a large role in designing clinical investigations, monitoring patients, exploring pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationships and testing medicines in specific patient populations. The theme has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in either pharmacology and/or clinical science to expand their knowledge base beyond their initial field of specialisation and hence, to empower them to make critical decisions during the development of a medicine. The taught postgraduate level modules provide the ability to enhance both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Clinicians are drawn from King’s College and King’s Health Partners to provide a balanced perspective in this field. The courses emphasise the integrated learning of pharmacological principles and clinical practical competence with medicines development.  The course is made up of compulsory and optional modules.  The course is made up of optional and required modules.The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits from a dissertation of around 8,000-10,000 words.  If you are studying the MSc, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MSc qualification part-time, your course will take up to six years to complete.  Location: This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select. 

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. There are 30 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops per module. Each module requires two to four hours of pre-reading and also exam preparation.

For the MSc project there are approximately 80 hours of tutorials, plus supervision of dissertation research and ad hoc academic tutor meetings. Students should spend 200 to 300 hours researching and writing a dissertation.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of coursework and online examinations. The MSc course also requires a research and dissertation based in the area of clinical pharmacology.

Coursework contributes 50% and examinations 50% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Preclinical Science (15 credits)
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Biological and Advanced Therapies (15 credits)
Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
Drug Development Statistics & Data Management (15 credits)
Theory and Practice of Pharmacokinetics (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take two of the three options, that typically include:

Drug Development Pharmacology (15 credits)
Practical Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Exploratory Drug Development (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in the pharmaceutical industry or in the clinical research arena. It is anticipated that modules and their international recognition will open up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhance their value to their employers. A clinical pharmacologist supports the discovery and development of new medicines, and improving understanding of existing ones. The Clinical Pharmacology Scientist aids in all aspects of medicine management. They provide specialist advice to healthcare professionals regarding medicines interactions and form a key part of groups aiming to translate novel therapeutics into medicines. 

 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: MSc - £18,900 per year (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £1,575 (2022/23), Per 60 credit module £6,300 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: MSc - £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £2,325 (2022/23), Per 60 credit module £9,300 (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Full-time MSc:

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

· If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

· If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

· If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer. If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Part-time MSc:

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place, which is the full cost of the module.

 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Application closing date guidance

Full-time MSc:

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

Our first application deadline is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time).

After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

· Overseas (international) fee status: Monday 11 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

· Home fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

 

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.

 

Part-time MSc:

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important as applications will be considered subject to the availability of places.

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, but we request that you submit your application at the latest one month before the module start date.

Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.

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