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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Waterloo Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 17-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Work towards a career engaging with the wider medical community on core issues related to medicines. Here at King’s, you’ll have access to some of the world’s top minds in pharmaceutical medicine to help you understand the development, commercialisation and regulation of medicines and how to engage with healthcare professionals and support their education. You’ll study alongside current industry employees and learn directly from leading industry figures. Learning medical affairs in this exclusive format will put you in an excellent position for a rewarding career in this sector of growing importance within the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, the number of vacancies is rising 15% a year.

Course detail

Medical Affairs is concerned with the development and lifecycle management of medicines. This course builds from a foundation appreciation of the preclinical and clinical, research and development knowledge and activities that are required for a new medicine. Students then study the specific importance of specialist medical affairs areas, which includes - communication with healthcare payers and providers, Phase 4 clinical trials, patient centricity, the commercialization and marketing of medicines, global health bodies (e.g. World Health Organisation), healthcare professional bodies (e.g. General Medical Council), trade bodies (e.g. Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry & European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), corporate social responsibility, and the range of national and international standards and regulations that cover the supply, sale, and reporting of patient safety data with medicines. The course has been constructed to allow those individuals who have a basic foundation in science or medicine to expand their knowledge and skills’ base and hence, empower them to make critical decisions during the development and lifecycle management of a medicine. The course is made up of compulsory and optional modules, and students may gain experience of medical affairs through a placement in industry. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits from a dissertation of around 15,000-18,000 words. If you are studying the MSc full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to August. If you are studying for the MSc qualification part-time, your course will take up to six years to complete.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn from expert researchers and senior employees of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies. Your classes will feature a mixture of lectures, seminars, discussion and individual research. The course is assessed by exams after you complete each module, together with a dissertation project.

Career prospects

Within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, medical affairs is a growing role. And with the global focus of the course, you’ll have the expertise to work anywhere. With no other Medical Affairs MSc courses available at any other university in the world, you’ll be joining an exclusive group of graduates trained by some of the top minds in the field. After completing this course, you’ll have covered the spectrum of sub disciplines within medical affairs and will be able to apply for a wide array of jobs. Whether you recently graduated from your undergraduate degree or you’ve been working for a few years, this course is an ideal next step towards an exciting role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Application deadline

30 July 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

King's College London, University of London

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  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 35 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    183 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%



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