Pathway Lead: Professor Martin Wilkins

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The pathway 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 and/or life sciences 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 pathway 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.

Employment prospects

Graduates will have an awareness of clinical experimental medicine and translational research, which provides an ideal background to students who wish to pursue a PhD and a career in a clinical research environment. The programme intends to develop highly skilled and motivated researchers and cultivate the next generation of physician-scientists involved in the design and execution of conventional and experimental medicine trials. Successful completion of the course is likely to enhance opportunities for recruitment by academic/industry institutions beyond traditional organizational boundaries.

Entry requirements 

The programme is designed to cater for UK and international students with a first/undergraduate degree in Medicine or Life Sciences. Basic scientists with a degree in life sciences are also encouraged to apply. An upper second class Honors is preferred.