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Clinical Research (MSc/Diploma)

About the course programme: This is the leading course of its type and the first to be established in Europe. It was set up in 1987 by the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly the Welsh School of Pharmacy) in collaboration with the Association for Clinical Research in the Pharmaceutical Industry (ACRPI). To date over 1800 participants have received either the Diploma or MSc in Clinical Research. Many of our past participants are now in senior positions and give it excellent testimonials.

Who will it benefit:

  • Clinical research professionals (including CRAs and monitors).
  • Study site personnel including Research Nurses.
  • Personnel involved in Phase 1 studies. Professionals from pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research organisations, biotechnology and device companies and regulatory authorities who wish to gain valuable specialist knowledge and practical skills in clinical research.

Course Objectives

The overall objectives of the course are:

  • To provide at the MSc level a sound knowledge and understanding of clinical research.
  • To provide an overview of all aspects of the drug development process thus permitting multidisciplinary team work when bringing a new chemical entity to the market place.
  • To develop interpersonal, communication (oral/written) and problem-solving skills relevant to clinical research.

Course Structure

A comprehensive syllabus has been grouped into eight intensive two day sub-modules covering the two years which works well with a full-time job. Participants wishing to leave the programme at this stage will receive an exit award of the Diploma in Clinical Research, providing they have satisfied the examiners at the end of the second year. An exit award of the Certificate in Clinical Research will be issued to participants who only wish to attend the first year of the programme.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for entry to the MSc in Clinical Research programme candidates must hold a degree obtained from a British University or some other approved University. A candidate who does not satisfy this requirement but is considered sufficiently well qualified and experienced may be admitted to the course subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Board of Studies in Pharmacy. Candidates who have undertaken courses elsewhere and who have eligible credit transfers may gain exemption from equivalent Cardiff modules. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of English proficiency (for example UK GCSE grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). Participants who wish to obtain the MSc will continue for a further 12 months of part-time study. As part of the MSc programme students will be expected to attend a Research Methods module and successfully complete a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

Tuition Fees

MSc/Diploma (Year 1 & Year 2)
  • UK & EU Part Time Student Fees for 2015/2016: £2,529.00
  • International Part Time Student Fees for 2015/2016: £5,808.00 per academic year
MSc (year 3)
  • UK & EU Part Time Student Fees for 2015/2016: £2,529.00
  • International Part Time Student Fees for 2015/2016: £5,808.00 per academic year

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Course Directors

Prof Robert Sewell

Position:Professor of Neuro Pharmacology & Director of Dip. Clin. Res.
Mr Robert Sewell
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75821Extension: 75821
Dr. Laura Brown

Dr Laura Brown  

Co-Director of Dip. Clin. Res.


Telephone: +44 (0) 1494 873 566



Course Administrator

Mrs Rhian John
PGT Course Administrator (Diploma in Clinical Research)

Mrs Rhian John
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76016 Extension:76016

Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Phone: +44 (0)29 208 74151 (general enquiries)
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74149
Additional number: +44(0)29 208 74080 (UG admission enquiries)

Redwood Building
King Edward VII Avenue
Wales, UK
CF10 3NB