University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Clinical Trials and Stratified Medicine

The programme covers the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology and the clinical evaluation of the resultant new medicines. The programme trains researchers, who can break down the barriers that currently prevent discoveries at the bench from being translated into treatments at the bedside. Students gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments. Students undergo theoretical and practical training, enabling an appreciation of how to apply novel stratified approaches, together with clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of future clinical research and therapeutic practice. Opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business which helps students to understand the science, methodology and terminology used by scientists and clinicians from different disciplines. Students learn to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, critically evaluate a wide range of scientific data and research strategies and learn how to make a significant contribution to research and treatment in the 21st century. Students learn how all of the above techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally possess: at least a 2nd honours degree in a relevant subject eg life science or pharmacy/pharmacology/medicine from a recognised University.

Course modules

Core courses: topics in therapeutics; pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine; medical statistics; applied medical statistics. Optional courses: pharmaceutical medicine; drug disposition; clinical trials: principles and methods; established novel techniques. The project accounts for the remaining 60 credits. The programme includes an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students and academics.

Assessment methods

Assessment is consist of submission of a dissertation and a viva examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,800 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 18,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 6,800 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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