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MSc in Experimental Therapeutics    Back

University of Oxford Course Type: Master taught Start Date: October
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom Duration: Part time - 2 - 4 Years


The Department of Oncology and the Department for Continuing Education offer the part-time MSc in Experimental Therapeutics, bringing together some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists to deliver an advanced modular programme designed for those in full-time employment.

Oxford has made a major contribution to modern molecular medicine and Oxford’s senior scientists have provided significant insights to our understanding of cancer, diabetes, and cardiac, haematological and infectious diseases. There is an opportunity to harness these advances and translate them into therapeutic benefits for patients.

The MSc in Experimental Therapeutics draws on the world-class research and teaching in experimental therapeutics at the University of Oxford and aims to provide you with the necessary training and practical experience to enable you to understand the principles that underpin clinical research, and to translate that understanding into good clinical and research practice.

The programme will appeal to health professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • qualified doctors 
  • specialist registrars in clinical pharmacology or in training for other medical sub-specialities 
  • clinical research fellows
  • pharmacists 
  • nurses 
  • graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic clinical trials

The MSc is a part-time course consisting of six modules and a research project and dissertation. The programme is normally completed in two to three years, but up to a maximum of four years may be taken. You will be a full member of the University of Oxford and matriculated as a member of a college.

To complete the MSc, you need to attend the six modules and complete an assessed written assignment for each module, and complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The six modules are:

The class-based taught modules consist of five days of intensive face-to-face lectures and tutorials, and are followed by a period for assignment work. Attendance at modules is a requirement for study. Some non-classroom activities are provided at laboratory facilities elsewhere in the University. A virtual learning environment (VLE) provides between-module support, and assignments are submitted online.

The modules include group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers, as well as practical work that develops your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The dissertation is founded on a research project that builds on material studied in the taught modules. The dissertation should not exceed 15,000 words. The project is normally supervised by an academic supervisor from the University of Oxford, and an employer-based mentor.

Masters - Part time

Start date:
2 - 4 Years
Teaching method:
Oxford, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes (more Details)
Additional Information:
The fees for this course are charged on a modular basis. Please refer to website for full details.
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Experimental Therapeutics Course Administrator
University accredited:
180 CATS
Last update: 03/07/2016


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Adverse Drug Reactions, Drug Interactions, and Pharmacovigilance 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes
Biological Therapeutics 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes
Drug Development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes
How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes
Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes
The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics 20 CATS Full time - 5 Days core Yes