Pharmaceutical Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology

Pharmaceutical companies and health-related organisations increasingly demand experienced staff with expert knowledge. Our part-time, modular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme is designed to fit in with full-time employment to help you balance work commitments with learning.


Why Surrey?

Surrey’s modules in Pharmaceutical Medicine are the largest suite of their type in Europe and attract participants from all over the world. Our CPD modules are delivered by academics and experts with internationally recognised experience and are designed to meet the needs of those working (or intending to work) in the specialty of pharmaceutical medicine, or those who require specific professional development pertinent to pharmaceutical medicine.

Our CPD provision enables you to gain a wider perspective of pharmaceutical medicine, including the discovery, development, evaluation, registration, monitoring and marketing of medicines. It will improve your ability to evaluate various aspects of drug development processes, and you will acquire CPD training suitable for senior scientific or clinical posts.

The CPD programme is well-suited to busy people with additional work commitments, allowing a flexible rate of attendance and we offer a selection of modules throughout the year. All modules are suitable for those practising within the pharmaceutical industry, the related fields of commerce or licensing authorities, or the public health service.

The modules are collectively designed to:

  • Enable students to secure further recognition in the field of pharmaceutical medicine
  • Give a greater understanding of pharmaceutical medicine in the domain of healthcare
  • Provide evidence of specialisation, which is increasingly required under EU legislation


Module overview

The modular CPD programme is based on a series of intensive four or five-day residential/ on-site taught modules.

Several modules are scheduled each year. Each module comprises lectures and a variety of case studies, demonstrations, syndicate work and tutorials, and is preceded by preparatory study for which carefully selected pre-course reading material is provided.

For further details about the upcoming modules and dates please email the course administrator (



Scheduled modules

Ethical and Legal Aspects

This module looks at the legal and ethical requirements for conduct of clinical research, with an emphasis on regulatory control.


Regulatory Affairs

This module covers the systems adopted by government authorities for regulating safety, efficacy and quality of medicines during the development and marketing of new drugs.


Health Economics

Provides key concepts underpinning pharmacoeconomic evaluations at different stages in the drug development process and the nature of pharmacoeconomics to the healthcare provider and healthcare user.


Clinical Development and Therapeutics

To provide a systematic overview and critical evaluation of the design, planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting on Phase II-IV clinical trials; and the application of the principles of clinical research to clinical trial design across therapeutic areas.


Clinical Pharmacology and Early Human Studies

The module provides the principles of clinical pharmacology and how they are applied in the design and conduct of clinical studies. In addition the module will addresses legal, ethical, moral and regulatory requirements of study design in healthy human volunteer subjects.


Paediatric Drug Development

To provide a systematic overview of the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks and requirements for devising an effective paediatric medicines development programme. Enables the design and conduct of clinical trials to meet the special needs of paediatrics and also enables the development of paediatric plans to meet the requirements of Regulatory agencies. Provides insight into strategic considerations and opportunities for paediatric clinical research.


Pre-Clinical Discovery and Development

The aims of the module are to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of the early stages in the drug development process, from research strategy to lead candidate identification. Covers methodology used in the establishing the toxicological profile of new drug candidates and predicting drug safety in man.


Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism (Clinical Pharmacology)

A good knowledge of ADMET (adsorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, toxicity) is central to the drug development process in both humans and experimental animal species. This module examines pharmacokinetics from mathematical data analysis and modelling of ADME to interpretation of results. This will include a detailed study of xenobiotic metabolism and the factors that affect biotransformation.


Oncology (Clinical Pharmacology)

To provide the student with an overview of oncology from basic tumour biology through drug design and clinical trials. An important theme will be how drug design is influenced by our understanding of tumour biology, and how drug design in turn influences and is influenced by clinical trial design and outcome, particularly with respect to the use of biomarkers.


Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Medicine (Clinical Pharmacology)

The aims of the module are to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacogenomics in relation to drug metabolising enzymes, drug transporters and drug receptors in relation to clinical therapeutics, disease biomarkers, adverse drug events, ethics and clinical trial design.




Research Methods

This module covers the practical approaches to understanding and conducting research in the pharmaceutical sector, including study design, methodology and evaluation, statistical principles and reporting. To identify a research question and plan a research project and structure a dissertation.




Time commitment

Each of the modules on all of the awards comprises an intensive four/five-day on-site taught course. 

Each taught course is then followed by distance learning written assessment specifically designed to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Students may register for modules at any time but we advise you register your interest in a particular module as early as you can by emailing the administrator.

Modules can be taken as stand-alone courses and/or as part of a package of Continuing Professional Development.



Relevance to industry

Pharmaceutical companies and health-related organisations increasingly demand experienced staff with expert knowledge. Our programmes, established in 1994, provide training in pharmaceutical medicine and clinical pharmacology across the drug development process.

We provide academic postgraduate training for senior scientific or clinical positions which demonstrate your proficiency across the fields of pharmaceutical medicine and clinical pharmacology, and enhance your understanding of the underlying scientific disciplines involved.
Economic pressures and work commitments can make it difficult for organisations to release staff for training on a long-term basis. Our CPD programmes are designed to fit in with full-time employment and make it easier to balance work commitments with learning.

We regularly attract professionals from pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations, government departments and health services from around the world.

Most students undertaking these programmes are already in direct or indirect full-time employment within the pharmaceutical sector and use the programme to increase their skills, knowledge and job satisfaction, and to aid their career progression.

The Pharmaceutical Medicine/Pharmaceutical Medicine with Clinical Pharmacology programmes are designed for individuals developing their career in the field of drug development. They are unsuitable for recently-qualified graduates with limited work experience in this field.



Related CPD modules

  • Ethics and Legal Aspects
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Health Economics
  • Clinical Development & Therapeutics
  • Clinical Pharmacology & Early Human Studies
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacokinetics & Metabolism
  • Pharmacogenomics & Personalised Medicine
  • Pre-Clinical Discovery & Development
  • Research Methods

How to Apply

For admissions enquiries, please contact: +44 (0) 1483 686745



Programme Director

Sarah Trinder


Programme Fees

£1,455 per 15 credit module for 2014/15
£1,600 per 15 credit module for 2015/16


Suitable Attendees

Our modules are pitched towards those with a degree (medical or non-medical) or professional qualifications and/or practical experience (usually at least three years’ postgraduate work experience in the pharmaceutical industry).  

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