M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Key Facts

1.5 Years


The M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Medicine at James Lind Institute starts with the taught component as the Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine - APGDPM followed by the dissertation or research component. The APGDPM at James Lind Institute is an accepted qualification for membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal College, London (MFPM).

Pharmaceutical medicine is a crucial branch of medical science that focuses on the discovery, development, evaluation, registration, monitoring, and medical aspects of marketing drugs and medical devices for the advantage of patients and public health. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including pharmacology, toxicology, clinical research, medico-marketing, and regulatory affairs.
The primary aim of pharmaceutical medicine is to evaluate new therapies in humans and translate basic medical research into new treatments that can benefit patients. Pharmaceutical physicians play a critical role in this process, working closely with scientists, clinicians, and regulatory authorities to ensure that new drugs are safe, effective, and comply with regulatory requirements.
Another critical aspect of pharmaceutical medicine is the monitoring of drugs once they have been approved for use. Pharmaceutical physicians are responsible for monitoring the safety (pharmacovigilance) and effectiveness of drugs on an ongoing basis, and for assessing their risk- benefit ratio in real-world settings.

Pharmaceutical physicians can find employment in a variety of settings, including the pharma- biotech industry, drug regulatory agencies, and clinical research organizations. They are also in close contact with practicing physicians and academic researchers, providing them with the latest information on new drugs and therapies.

What You Will Study

The program is comprised of 90 ECTS credits and can be completed in about 18 months. For a detailed list of courses taught in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

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Module 1: Introduction to Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Industry
Module 2: Epidemiology
Module 3: Pharmaceutical Medicine
Module 4: Non-Clinical Testing for Toxicity of Pharmaceuticals
Module 5: Animal Models in Biomedical Research
Module 6: Drug Discovery & Formulations
Module 7: Drug Delivery
Module 8: Ethics in Clinical Research
Module 9: Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics
Module 10: Clinical Trial Management
Module 11: Leadership and Working in Complex Organizations
Module 12: Knowledge Management, Data & Statistics
Module 13: Principles of Pharmacovigilance
Module 14: Pharmacovigilance & Selected Organ System Classes
Module 15: Global Pharmacovigilance & Safety Standards
Module 16: Pharmacovigilance Regulations & Guidelines
Module 17: Pharmacoepidemiology
Module 18: Regulatory Affairs
Module 19: Health Economics

At this stage, the student is awarded - Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Module 20: Basics of Clinical Data Management
Module 21: Quality & Quality Management
Module 22: The Quality Assurance Function
Module 23: Audits
Module 24: Quality Guidelines
Module 25: GCP/GMP/GLP
Module 26: Business Laws
Module 27: Corporate Communication


How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Other Information
Eligibility Requirements
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent / higher)

This program requires a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent recognized academic title, preferably in a life science-related area. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please reach out to our admission staff.
Document Requirements
  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor’s degree
  • CV (optional)
Language Requirements

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking). If you have taken an English language test in the last two years, that is good to have. If not, you can explore a waiver for the English language test.

The English proficiency test is waived-off for the following candidates:

– Native English speakers, OR;
– Applicants who have completed their previous qualifications (e.g. bachelor’s degree) in English language, OR;
– Applicants who have at least 2 years of work experience in an organization in which English is the primary language of communication.

Program Fees

Our program fees are very reasonable in comparison to other schools. Please calculate the fees applicable to you by using our online fee calculator.

Next Start Date

Bachelors & Masters Programs

Next Start Date: 01 July 2024
App. Deadline: 28 June 2024

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Studying at JLI

The program is conducted in our e-Campus. The login credentials are provided to each student upon enrollment. The e-Campus contains all the study materials and academic resources needed by you during the program. As a student, you can log in and work through your assigned courses at any time. The faculty members are available for any assistance throughout the program.


Multiple Choice Question Tests & Assignment Submissions

Throughout the program you will be assessed on an ongoing basis via multiple choice question tests and assignment submissions.

Assignments contribute 40% towards the overall final grade of each course.

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 1.5 years. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Please refer to the assessments section in this page above.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

Once you are nearning the completion of your coursework, you will work with your mentor to finalize a topic. You will then work on your dissertation under the guidance of your mentor and submit it once complete. The word count required is a minimum of 20000 words. You may be required to defend the dissertation as per the applicable academic policies.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

A virtual graduation ceremony may be conducted for which you will be invited to join via video-conferencing. After this the completion documents are sent to your postal address by courier.

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