Pharmacology is the science underpinning the action of drugs within biological systems, and its reach and impact are vast, playing a vital role in medicine, nursing, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Dr Simon Calaminus, Programme Director for the MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development at Hull York Medical School, said: “We are enormously proud to offer an MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development. By working with RB, students on our programme will learn the fundamental principles of pharmacology, the impact of drugs on the major organ systems and, importantly, how to ensure new clinical drugs are introduced into the clinical setting where, following trials and testing, they can make a difference to patients’ lives.”
Aimed at aspiring clinical researchers, as well as those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of how drugs work and how to develop new drugs, the programme is built around core modules which cover the fundamental principles of pharmacology and the clinical relevance of drugs for the major organ systems, whilst demonstrating the drug development process, from initial drug design to understanding the fundamental importance of clinical trials.
Dr Bruce Charlesworth, Chief Medical Officer for RBs – Health Relief, Wellness and Hygiene categories, said:
“We are delighted to be the founding corporate partners for the MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development. Hull is home to our global centre of excellence for health, where we research, develop and manufacture many of our iconic brands.
“By working with Hull York Medical School, we are helping to shape the development and delivery of the curriculum to equip tomorrow’s researchers with invaluable industry insights and experience. This knowledge is useful to those entering clinical and academic careers, as well as those aspiring to work in industry.”
The programme will be run from the Medical School’s Centre for Atherothrombosis and Metabolic Disease at the University of Hull campus, where academic and clinical researchers are focused on research programmes to increase understanding of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, as well as developing new therapeutic approaches to wound healing, fertility and airway inflammation.
The University’s Hull Health Trials Unit, which was launched in 2018, will also deliver high quality tuition into the principles and process of clinical trials covering a range of crucial topics, including study rigour, participant recruitment, data analysis and interpretation and appropriate regulatory and governance issues associated with modern clinical trials.
Students will then finish their programme by conducting a significant research project in either basic or applied pharmacology to generate novel and cutting-edge research findings – with support from the programme team to increase their chances of getting their work published.
Sam Spenceley, one of the first students to join the programme, said:
“I chose this course as I previously worked in a lab as an analyst and I wanted to understand in more detail what it was I was doing and why in, order to progress into research and development as a career. I saw this as a great opportunity to do so – learning pharmacology and the development process from start to finish.
“The partnership with RB is very beneficial and shows practical implication of the course too – how your knowledge is applied in a working environment. I am finding the MSc is really interesting so far and it is building a good foundation of knowledge to bring everyone on the course from differing backgrounds to the same level of understanding.
“The lecturers provide a lot of detailed information directly relating to your assignments, giving you the guidance and knowledge needed for self-directed learning.”
Further information about the MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development can be found on the HYMS website.