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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 14th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

  • The study programme is compliant with both the PharmaTrain initiative of the European Commission and thus allows international transfer of credits.

  • Components of the course are taught by members of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory authorities giving you insights and up-to-the- minute knowledge of drug development.
  • 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

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written essays, presentations and on-line examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 66% and examinations approximately 34% to your final mark.

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

  • Preclinical Science (15 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Biological and Advanced Therapies (15 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Ethics (15 credits)
  • Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
  • Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

MSc Part-time Pathway

  • Preclinical Science (15 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Biological and Advanced Therapies (15 credits)
  • Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
  • Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Ethics (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Post Graduate Diploma Part-time Pathway

  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Biological and Advanced Therapies (15 credits)
  • Preclinical Science (15 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Ethics (15 credits)
  • Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
  • Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)

Post Graduate Certificate Part-time / Pathway

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

  • Preclinical Science (15 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Clinical Drug Development (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Drug Development Science MSc Part-time Pathway

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

  • Drug Regulatory Affairs (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Pharmaco-Economics (15 credits)

Drug Development Science Post Graduate Diploma Part-time Pathway 

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

• Drug Regulatory Affairs (15 credits)

• Healthcare Market Place (15 credits)

• Pharmaco-Economics (15 credits)

Post Graduate Certificate Part-time Pathway

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

  • Drug Development Statistics and Data Management (15 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Ethics (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs (15 credits)
  • Pharmaco-Economics (15 credits)

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 £70 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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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: £17,100 per year (MSc, 2020/21), £6,660 per year (PGDip 2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (MSc, 2020/21), £17,700 per year (PGDip 2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £8,550 per year (MSc, 2020/21) £3,330 per year (PG Cert 2020/21), £6,660 per year (PGDip 2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,550 per year (MSc, 2020/21) £8,850 per year (PG Cert 2020/21), £17,700 per year (PGDip 2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 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 2021/22.

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 before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 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/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 

  • 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 field, opening up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhancing their value to their employers. Previous students have gone on to work in regulatory agencies, clinical research companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and pharmaceutical contract research organisations.   

 

 

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