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Drug Development Science MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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The Drug Development Science course is a highly flexible study programme designed for those working in or seeking to work in the field of drug development. The course aims to provide students with expertise and skills in all aspects of medicine development, including preclinical testing, clinical development, drug regulation and drug safety.

 

 


Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)

  • The study programme is compliant with both the PharmaTrain initiative of the European Commission and also with the Bologna Process.

  • Close links and regular speakers from pharmaceutical companies giving you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of drug discoveries.

  • Highly flexible course with a part-time option that will allow you to study around your work schedule.

  • Delivered by leading experts from the academic staff of King’s College London who work closely with the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc full-time: one year, MSc part-time: two-four years PG Dip part-time: two-three years PG Cert part-time: up to two years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK MSc180 credits/ECTS 90; PG Dip 120 credits/PG Cert 60 credits

Course intake 20

Course leaders

Dr Stuart Jones

pg-bioscience@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course detail

Description

The Drug Development Science course offers you flexibility with the choice of modules and whether to study for a full Masters qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a one to four-year course that requires modules totalling 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of two to three years and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of 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 there are approximately 80 hours of tutorials, plus supervision of dissertation research and ad hoc academic tutor meetings. Students could spend 200 to 300 hours researching and writing a dissertation.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.

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

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits

  • PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits

  • PG Cert – modules totalling 60 credits.

Required Modules

MSc Full-time Pathway

MSc Part-time Pathway

Post Graduate Diploma Part-time Pathway

Post Graduate Certificate Part-time / Pathway

You are required to take 30 credits from the following modules:

Optional Modules

MSc Part-time Pathway & Post Graduate Diploma Part-time Pathway

Additionally, you are required to take two of the three options that may typically include:

Post Graduate Certificate Part-time Pathway

Additionally, you are required to take one of the following options that may typically include:

Part time students are recommended to take three 15 credit modules a year. The choice of module order will be dependent on the student’s experience and previous qualifications. Students are recommended to discuss their best options with the course director.

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 that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

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Minimum requirements   A medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) or a 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related subject, or overseas equivalent. Applicants without a degree but with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Employment within a relevant industrial environment would be advantageous but is not essential. We will require two satisfactory references. If you have completed your degree in the last three years, one of your references should be an academic reference. Overseas applicants should bear in mind that, as this is a part-time programme, they will not be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

PLEASE NOTE - For standalone modules and part-time study, we accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, please bear in mind that all modules are filled on a first-come-first-served basis so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.

All applicants will need a degree in a health or biomedical science related discipline, and relevant work experience. We will need two references. We would not normally interview potential students, but reserve the right to if deemed necessary.

Potential students are encouraged to speak by phone to one of the course organisers to determine whether or not they would be able to complete the course.

Overseas applicants who will require a visa to enter and study in the UK should note that they will be unable to obtain a Tier 4 student visa for standalone modules or part-time study. A visa can only be obtained for the full-time study option of this programme.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

MSc – Full time:

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

MSc, PGCert, PGDip - Part time:
There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £16,500 per year (MSc, 2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (MSc, 2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £1,650 per 15 credit module, per year (MSc, PGDip, PG Cert 2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £2,600 per 15 credit module, per year (MSc, PGDip, PG Cert 2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in a medicines development arena at a higher level, opening up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhancing their value to their employers.

 

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