Course aims


The aim of the MSc programme is to provide students with the necessary training and practical experience to enable them to understand the principles that underpin clinical research, and to enable them to translate that understanding into good clinical and research practice.

By the end of the MSc programme, students should gain an understanding of the following core principles:

  • Development, marketing and regulations of drugs
  • Pharmaceutical factors that affect drug therapy
  • Pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and pharmacovigilance
  • Designing phase I, II and III clinical trials for a range of novel therapeutic interventions (and imaging agents).
  • Application of statistics to medicine
  • Laboratory assays used to support trial end-points
  • Use of non-invasive imaging in drug development
  • Application of analytical techniques

By the end of the programme, students should be equipped to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques for solving clinical research problems and translate this into good clinical and research practice
  • apply skills gained in techniques and practical experience from across the medical and biological sciences
  • develop skills in managing research-based work in experimental therapeutics
  • carry out an extended research project involving a literature review, problem specification and analysis in experimental therapeutics and write a short dissertation

Guidance from the UK Royal College of Physician's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

The Faculty have confirmed that if enrolled for Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST), trainees may be able to use knowledge provided by Experimental and Translational Therapeutics modules to cover aspects of a module of the PMST curriculum. Trainees are advised to discuss this with their Educational Supervisor.

Experimental and Translational Therapeutics modules may also be used to provide those pursuing the Faculty's Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) with the necessary knowledge required to cover the Diploma syllabus. Applicants for the DPM exam are advised to read the DPM syllabus and rules and regulations.

Members of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine who are registered in the Faculty's CPD scheme can count participation in Experimental and Translational Therapeutics modules towards their CPD record. Non-members may wish to obtain further advice about CPD credit from their Royal College or Faculty.