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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)

Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers this part-time programme for clinical research professionals which works well with a full time job.

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.

It is aimed at personnel employed by a pharmaceutical company, biotechnology, device, contract research organisations, site management organisations or the health service.

Course Description

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:

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

Special Features

Course Structure

Pg Dip in Clinical Research

First year
Second year

MSc in Clinical Research

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

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.

Skills Acquired

The course provides:

Career Prospects

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.

Course Tutors

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

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.

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.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time £2,583 £6,083
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Rhian John  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535  


School Website:

School Contact

Name: Dr Robert Sewell  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6016 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4535 


School Website:

More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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