Clinical Research (MSc/PgDip)
n/a (full-time) / 3 years (MSc), 2 years (PgDip) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers this part-time programme for clinical research professionals which works well with a full time job.
This course aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a senior role in clinical research. The course aims to present an overview of all aspects of the drug development process, and establishes a multidisciplinary approach to bringing a new chemical entity to the market place. It fosters networking and collaborative learning between participants.
It is aimed at personnel employed by a pharmaceutical company, biotechnology, device, contract research organisations, site management organisations or the health service.
The course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the student not only in Clinical Research but also in a diverse rang of therapeutic areas. This allows the individual to move confidently between these therapeutic areas and therefore increase their value to employers as well as their prospects of promotion. In the MSc year, students are encouraged to carry out projects which have direct value to their employer and this potentiates the worth of their studies.
The course not only represents a good way of furthering a career but also of gaining a prestigious qualification – without having to spend an undue amount of time away from work.
Taught modules are undertaken in the first two years. Participants who successfully complete these modules may either receive a PgDip in Clinical Research as an exit award or progress on to carry out an individual project in the third year for the MSc qualification.
Initial PgDip topics covered in the first two years include:
- Clinical Research
- Drug Development
- Therapeutics of the Respiratory and Central Nervous Systems
- Advanced Clinical Research
- Regulatory Affairs
- Complementary Therapeutics
- Cardiovascular and Immunological Diseases and Oncology
The MSc is attained through completion of a dissertation in Year 3.
- Lecturers from Pharmaceutical Industry provide an up-to-date development in Clinical Research
- Clinical Research trainers deliver a variety of teaching methods
- The therapeutic modules widen the skills of the student in an array of medical settings
- The diversity of employment backgrounds of participants affords an ideal environment for networking with other clinical research personnel
Pg Dip in Clinical Research
- Clinical Research + Coursework - Module Code PHT101 (30 credits)
- Therapeutics + Coursework - Module Code PHT102 (30 credits)
- Advanced Clinical Research + Coursework - Module Code PHT201 (30 credits)
- Complementary Therapeutics + Coursework - Module Code PHT202 (30 credits)
MSc in Clinical Research
Third year (i.e. after successfully completing 2 years of the PgDip)
- Research Methods Module + Dissertation – Module Code PHT301 (60 credits)
The course will be taught through a series of lectures and workshops, coursework assignments and course journal preparations aimed at developing transferable skills in critical analysis.
These will be delivered in our Virtual Learning environment (Learning Central) and all students will have access to tutors on an ad hoc basis and the full use of the Cardiff University library facilities.
The course provides:
- An in-depth knowledge of best practice in Clinical Research which will give a real understanding of how to conduct Clinical Research.
- An understanding of all aspects of the drug development process thus improving multidisciplinary teamwork when bringing a new chemical entity to market.
- Development of interpersonal, communication, project management and problem-solving skills relevant to Clinical Research so the individual can contribute more effectively to the Clinical Research team.
The course is designed to advance and enhance a career in Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry, Health service, contract research organisations, regulatory authorities, data management organisations and in medical writing.
A full list of academic staff within the School can be found on the Staff pages of the School website.
A range of teaching staff are employed including personnel in the senior positions in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Academia, Contract Research Organisation, Regulatory Authorities and Health Service Consultants
Suitable for graduates with a degree from a UK or other approved university, or for suitably qualified and experienced individuals.
Applicants are usually employed in the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organisation, the NHS or academia, and will normally be sponsored by a pharmaceutical company or their employer although those wishing to fund themselves are also encouraged.
A degree in a relevant subject area, such as pharmacy, biomedical science, nursing physiology but other qualifications along with relevant experience are considered
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Mrs Rhian John
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535
Name: Dr Robert Sewell
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535