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Clinical Research (MSc/PgDip)

n/a (Full-time) / 3 years (MSc), 2 years (PgDip) (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)


Course Aims

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.


Course Description

The course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the student not only in Clinical Research but also in a diversity of therapeutic areas. This allows the individual to be able to move confidently between these therapeutic areas and therefore increases 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 and 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

The MSc is attained through completion of a dissertation in Year 3.


Available Modules

PgDip in Clinical Research

First year

Second year

MSc in Clinical Research

Third year (i.e. after successfully completing 2 years of the PgDip)


Skills Acquired

The course provides:


Career Prospects

The course is designed to advance and enhance a career in Clinical Research


Entry Requirements

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.

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:

  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £3,363.00
    Diploma fee. MSc fee: £2478.
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £8,500.00
    Diploma fee. MSc fee: £5667.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Rhian John  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535  

Email: johnrd@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phrmy/degreeprogrammes/postgraduate/clinicalresearch

School Contact

Name: Dr Robert Sewell  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535 

Email: Sewell@Cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phrmy/degreeprogrammes/postgraduate/clinicalresearch/index.html

More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Postgraduate