University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Precision Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation (Taught)

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Course summary

This programme is open for applicants domiciled in Scotland. This unique, prestigious and fully-funded MSc programme (tuition fee waiver; eligibility criteria apply) is awarded by the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde, in collaboration with the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. The programme focuses on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector and is delivered in conjunction with the Precision Medicine Scotland - Innovation Centre (PMS-IC) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow and multiple private sector partners. Project placements in this MSc programme are increasingly seen by our biotechnology and industry partners as an effective means of assessing and recruiting new, high quality graduate employees. Precision medicine and pharmacological innovation holds huge potential in the timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new treatments WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Students will be given the unique opportunity to undertake an industry placement as their main project. This fantastic opportunity will be offered by partner commercial organisations/companies and universities.
  • The programme will cover aspects of commercial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, together with the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology.
  • Students on the programme will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes, 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.
  • Students will also gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments, and direct experience of how all of these techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
  • Following successful completion of the programme a joint master’s degree will be awarded.
  • The five stakeholder universities, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Dundee and Edinburgh are internationally recognised as leaders in biomedical research, hosting highly collaborative and productive groups with the requisite expertise in pharmacology, clinical trial methodology, pharmacogenomics, and life sciences.
  • This vibrant environment, coupled with Scotland’s tradition of excellence in clinical research and significant recent investment in the new science of Stratified Medicine make it the ideal place to acquire the transferrable skills required for a successful and fulfilling career in 21st century biomedicine.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Students will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. Each base campus has its own programme structure; however students from both campuses will study courses covering three themes totalling 120 credits. For the most up to date information on the courses available at each campus please contact [email protected] (see course page for sample courses). Project and Assessment The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. All projects will either have an industrial placement or a project which addresses an industrial need. The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects. Assessment will consist of submission of a dissertation and presentation.

Modules

This MSc degree is awarded jointly by the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde. Courses included in this programme are delivered by these three institutions as well as the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. Students will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. Each base campus has its own programme structure; however students from both campuses will study courses covering three themes totalling 120 credits. Sample course are included below. For the most up to date information on the courses available at each campus please contact [email protected]. Scientific basis of stratified medicine: Small molecule drug discovery Biological drug discovery Pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine. Commercialisation of science: Introduction to bio-business Advanced bio-business New venture creation Regulation and governance of new therapies Application of research and evaluation of new technologies: Clinical trials: principles and methods Applied statistics with routine health datasets Spatial epidemiology Applied health economics


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2021 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally possess: at least a second class honours degree in Life Science or Pharmacy/Pharmacology from a university in the United Kingdom; or a qualification deemed by the Joint Management Committee to be equivalent to the above; and/or professional or industrial experience deemed appropriate by the Joint Management. Please note that applications are considered incomplete and will not be sent to the reviewers until the following documents are uploaded. Personal statement highlighting your career goals and how this programme will help you achieve them. Your personal statement must include the campus where you would prefer to be based, Glasgow or Aberdeen. CV, 2 satisfactory supporting academic reference letters, Academic transcripts to date AND Completed SFC funding form.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

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