The course combines an introduction to the theory behind and technologies currently used in drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, role of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints, preclinical safety assessment, first-time-in-human studies, clinical investigation paradigms, research governance and medical statistics.

Suitable for all medical disciplines, but of particular interest to Cardiovascular/Respiratory, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Metabolic medicine, the programme is highly suitable for graduates in medicine who wish to pursue a career as clinical academics and for medical professionals in industry.

Teachers from academia and industry and an excellent basic and clinical research infrastructure provide an appropriate environment for advanced, hands-on training in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical research. This course intends to develop highly skilled and motivated academic clinical scientists for the future.

The pathway has been designed to focus on research and uses some clinical specialities as models to highlight this. While all students will be required to follow this curriculum, the opportunity to specialize in a clinical field will be provided through the research project. The training provided will enable students to put theory into practice by contributing to clinical research activities, taking responsibility for a project and producing a project report. Students will obtain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a world-leading clinical research environment.

Delivery mode

Lectures, Practical training, Seminars

Assessment mode

Coursework, Examination, Project Dissertation and Viva Voce


Equivalent professional qualification, Undergraduate degree