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The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and the Department for Continuing Education?s CPD Centre offer a part-time two-year MSc in Experimental Therapeutics that brings together some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists to deliver an advanced modular programme designed for those in full-time employment, both in the UK and overseas. The aim of the MSc programme is to provide students with the necessary training and practical experience to enable them to understand the principles that underpin clinical research, and to enable them to translate that understanding into good clinical and research practice. By the end of the MSc programme, students will be able to understand the following core principles: ? How drugs are developed and marketed ? The important aspects of drug regulation ? The pharmaceutical factors that affect drug therapy ? Pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism ? Pharmacogenetics ? Pharmacodynamics (pharmacological actions of drugs) and the principles of pharmacokinetic?pharmacodynamic modelling ? Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and pharmacovigilance ? How to design phase I, II and III clinical trials for a range of novel therapeutic interventions (and imaging agents) ? Application of statistics to medicine ? Laboratory assays used to support trial end-points ? Use of non-invasive imaging in drug development The course will appeal to health professionals from a variety of backgrounds: ? Qualified doctors ? Specialist Registrars in Clinical Pharmacology or in training for other medical sub-specialities ? Clinical research fellows in other specialities ? Pharmacists ? Nurses ? Graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry Method of Teaching The class-based modules will include a period of preparatory study, a week of intensive face-to-face lectures and tutorials, followed by a period for assignment work. Attendance at modules will be a requirement for study. Some non-classroom activities will be provided at laboratory facilities elsewhere in the University. The course will include taught material on research skills. A virtual learning environment (VLE) will provide between-module support. The taught modules will include group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers. Practical work will develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject. Dissertation The dissertation will be founded on a work-based research project that will build on the material studied in the taught modules. The dissertation should normally not exceed 20,000 words. The project will be supervised by an academic supervisor and employer-based mentor. Assessment To complete the MSc, students will need to: ? Attend the 6 compulsory modules and undertake assessed written assignments for each module. ? Attend 2 modules from a list of options and undertake assessed written assignments for each module. ? Complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Programme Director. The modules in this programme can also be taken as individual stand-alone courses.

The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and the Department for Continuing Education?s CPD Centre offer a part-time two-year MSc in Experimental Therapeutics that brings together some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists to deliver an advanced modular programme designed for those in full-time employment, both in the UK and overseas. The aim of the MSc programme is to provide students with...

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