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Medical Affairs MSc

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The Medical Affairs MSc course will give you the skills to operate as a bridge between the pharmaceutical industry and the wider medical community, including key thought leaders across a range of therapeutic specialisms, as well as with patient groups, regulatory authorities and beyond. The course builds from a sound appreciation of the clinical development of new medicines, to focus on understanding how to effectively link science and commercial activity, by providing scientific and commercial support for medicines. It is designed for scientists, physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 13th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • Lectures and workshops are delivered by a mixture of academics and expert practitioners from the pharmaceutical industry.
  • The course shares several common required modules with both the MSc in Clinical Pharmacology and the MSc in Drug Development Science, thus facilitating transfer between these courses.
  • Accredited by PharmaTrain as a Centre of Excellence for the provision of state-of-the-art education and training in medicines development, which allows international transfer of credits
  • A vibrant cohort of participants, studying both full-time and part-time.
  • Modules with blended learning, integrating the latest learning technologies with face-to- face teaching.

Medical Affairs is concerned with the development and lifecycle management of medicines. This course builds from a foundation appreciation of the preclinical and clinical research and development knowledge and activities that are required for a new medicine. Students then study the specific importance of specialist medical affairs areas. This includes: the strategic roles and responsibilities of medical affairs; medical affairs as the company’s response to the changing environment; commercialisation of medicines, real-world evidence; patient engagement in the life cycle of medicines and achieving value for patients; the management of relationships with external stakeholders, medical education, ethical challenges in the industry; role of professional bodies, good practices, corporate and industry responsibility, regulations covering the sale and marketing of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology and the reporting of patient safety data with medicines. The course has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in science or medicine to expand their knowledge and skills’ base and hence, empower them to make critical decisions during the development and lifecycle management of a medicine. The course is made up of compulsory and optional modules. Students may opt to gain experience of medical affairs through a placement in industry in the UK. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits from a dissertation of up to 10,000 words If you are studying full-time, you will complete the MSc in one year, from September to August. Part-time students usually take up to four years to complete the full MSc.

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Waterloo Campus

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

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King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

 

Module

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is 32 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.

Each 15-credit taught module requires an average:

25 hours pre-course preparation, 35 hours researching and writing assignments, and 20 hours preparing for an MCQ exam.

Dissertation module

Throughout the year, you can expect to receive approximately 80 hours’ tutorials, supervision of dissertation research, plus ad hoc academic tutor meetings including assignment feedback.

Approximately 200-300 hours researching and writing.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Projects

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of assignments and on-line examinations. The MSc course also requires a project based in the area of medical affairs.

Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 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.

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.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Preclinical Science (15 credits)
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
Biological and Advanced Therapeutics (15 credits)
Principles of Medical Affairs (15 credits)
Design and Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use (60 credits)

Optional modules

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

Practical Medical Affairs (15 credits)
Pharmacoepidemiology and Global Affairs (15 credits)
Ethics and Professionalism (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

Within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, medical affairs is a growing role. And with the global focus of the course, you’ll have the expertise to work anywhere.

With no other Medical Affairs MSc courses available at any other university in the world, you’ll be joining an exclusive group of graduates trained by some of the top minds in the field.

After completing this course, you’ll have covered the spectrum of sub disciplines within medical affairs and will be able to apply for a wide array of jobs. Whether you recently graduated from your undergraduate degree or you’ve been working for a few years, this course is an ideal next step towards an exciting role in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £18,900 (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £1,575, Per 60 credit module £6,300

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £2,325, Per 60 credit module £9,300

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

Deposit

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 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.

Additional Costs

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

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

Funding

Medical Affairs is concerned with the development and lifecycle management of medicines. This course builds from a foundation appreciation of the preclinical and clinical research and development knowledge and activities that are required for a new medicine. Students then study the specific importance of specialist medical affairs areas. This includes: the strategic roles and responsibilities of medical affairs; medical affairs as the company’s response to the changing environment; commercialisation of medicines, real-world evidence; patient engagement in the life cycle of medicines and achieving value for patients; the management of relationships with external stakeholders, medical education, ethical challenges in the industry; role of professional bodies, good practices, corporate and industry responsibility, regulations covering the sale and marketing of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology and the reporting of patient safety data with medicines. The course has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in science or medicine to expand their knowledge and skills’ base and hence, empower them to make critical decisions during the development and lifecycle management of a medicine. The course is made up of compulsory and optional modules. Students may opt to gain experience of medical affairs through a placement in industry in the UK. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits from a dissertation of up to 10,000 words If you are studying full-time, you will complete the MSc in one year, from September to August. Part-time students usually take up to four years to complete the full MSc.

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

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

 

Module

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is 32 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.

Each 15-credit taught module requires an average:

25 hours pre-course preparation, 35 hours researching and writing assignments, and 20 hours preparing for an MCQ exam.

Dissertation module

Throughout the year, you can expect to receive approximately 80 hours’ tutorials, supervision of dissertation research, plus ad hoc academic tutor meetings including assignment feedback.

Approximately 200-300 hours researching and writing.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Projects

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of assignments and on-line examinations. The MSc course also requires a project based in the area of medical affairs.

Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 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.

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.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Preclinical Science (15 credits)
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
Biological and Advanced Therapeutics (15 credits)
Principles of Medical Affairs (15 credits)
Design and Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use (60 credits)

Optional modules

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

Practical Medical Affairs (15 credits)
Pharmacoepidemiology and Global Affairs (15 credits)
Ethics and Professionalism (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

Within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, medical affairs is a growing role. And with the global focus of the course, you’ll have the expertise to work anywhere.

With no other Medical Affairs MSc courses available at any other university in the world, you’ll be joining an exclusive group of graduates trained by some of the top minds in the field.

After completing this course, you’ll have covered the spectrum of sub disciplines within medical affairs and will be able to apply for a wide array of jobs. Whether you recently graduated from your undergraduate degree or you’ve been working for a few years, this course is an ideal next step towards an exciting role in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £18,900 (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £1,575, Per 60 credit module £6,300

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

Part time: FEES PER MODULE: Per 15 credit module £2,325, Per 60 credit module £9,300

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

Deposit

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 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.

Additional Costs

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

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

Funding

Application closing date guidance

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: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

· Home fee status: Friday 26 August 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.

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