Queen Mary University of London
Clinical Drug Development Online MSc
Queen Mary University of London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Clinical Drug Development programme provides students with a multidisciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills. The online programme is designed for individuals who need an understanding of drug development process and provides a detailed picture of the complex and highly interrelated activities required for the development cycle for drugs and biologics, from the process of discovery to successful commercialisation.

  • This programme provides students with the edge that the pharmaceutical industry requires.

  • It empowers the professionals working within the field with the skills and understanding required for fast progression within the industry and contract research organisations (CROs).

We have developed a modular postgraduate programme in clinical drug development. It is designed to give you the academic background and specialist skills you need to carry out clinical drug development in a contract research organisation, pharmaceutical industry or health service environment.

The modular nature of the programme is designed to fit in with your needs if you are in full-time employment. You will receive the taught element of the modules in three-day blocks every four to six weeks (approximately).

Your initial modules will concentrate on early drug development. You will learn how to design a clinical study and gain insights into the practical aspects of early drug development. You will cover ethics and regulation and understand how to manage the data of a study. You will also gain a wider picture of drug discovery and pre-clinical research and development as well as toxicology.

Clinical Drug Development programme is designed for individuals seeking deeper understanding and insight into the area of Clinical Drug Development, Clinical Trial design and Clinical Trial Management in the following key areas:

  • Drug Design

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

  • Drug safety and pharmacovigilance

  • Clinical trial management e.g. (clinical research associates)

  • Pharmaco-economics

  • Marketing

  • Regulatory Affairs

  • Quality Assurance

  • Medical Sales

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Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Clinical Drug Development Online, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

2:2 or above at undergraduate level in a related subject from a recognised academic institution.


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) was founded in 1989 in the Mile End district of London. This Russell Group University offers state-of-the-art facilities, including their Advanced Molecular Imaging Services, and the Genome Centre for DNA research at Barts and the London School of Medicine, among numerous others for a wide variety of subject matters. QMUL is without a doubt an excellent option for any student wishing to pursue a career path in scientific research, and is recognised worldwide as such.

Student composition of Queen Mary University of London

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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