Over the last 30 years healthcare research and drug development have been transformed from peripheral activities carried out on an ad hoc basis to become core activities that require trained, professional, staff. However, the education and training of staff involved in healthcare research and drug development has not kept pace with the scientific and regulatory changes that have occurred over this period. For this reason the Clinical Pharmacology Centre of the William Harvey Research Institute, in association with the Barts and The London NHS Trust and Hammersmith Medicines Research, has developed modular postgraduate programmes in healthcare research and in clinical drug development. The programmes are designed to give individuals the necessary academic background and specialist skills needed to carry out clinical drug development or healthcare research in a contract research organisation, pharmaceutical industry or Health Service environment.
Our target audience is graduates, nurses, medical doctors and other health professionals working in contract research organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare.
These two postgraduate programmes share a common spine, which cover the key areas of expertise needed for a successful clinical research programme. For students choosing the Clinical Drug Development programme the initial modules willconcentrate on early drug development whereas for those students taking the Healthcare Research Methods programme the emphasis will be related to health management.
The modular nature of the programme is designed to fit in with the needs of those students who are in full-time employment. The taught elements of the modules are delivered in three-day blocks every six weeks.
Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research and Early Drug Development
Ethics and Regulation
Data Management and Statistics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design
Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics Marketing Healthcare
Study options include
Health and the Human Body
Healthcare Organisation and Decision Making
Drug Discovery and Preclinical Research and Development
For a Postgraduate diploma, students must complete and pass eight modules. Successful completion of a further four modules, two of which will comprise of a critical dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, are required for the MSc award.
The assessment of the taught modules is 100 per cent by continuous assessment with submission by the student of either essay-style answers or a series of shorter answers or a mixture of both. These are marked and returned to the students according to a timetable specified in the Programme Handbook. There is no formal examination.
For entry onto the programme students will need either an appropriate degree or equivalent from a recognised academic institution, or an appropriate professional qualification (for example nursing) or experience acceptable to the Programme Director and Director of Graduate Studies.
Students for whom English is a second language will also require a minimum IELTS 7 or TOEFL 610 score. For language requirements, please refer to the International students section.