King's College London

Course Introduction

The Drug Development Science course is a highly flexible study programme designed for those working in or seeking to work in the field of drug development. The course aims to provide students with expertise and skills in all aspects of medicine development, including preclinical testing, clinical development, drug regulation and drug safety.


The Drug Development Science course offers you flexibility with the choice of modules and whether to study for a Postgraduate Diploma. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of two to three years and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits.

Career prospects

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to work in a medicines development arena at a higher level, opening up job opportunities that might have previously been beyond their reach and enhancing their value to their employers.

Start Date:

Part time duration may vary from 2 - 3 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip European Fees
3 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) or a 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related subject, or overseas equivalent. Applicants without a degree but with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Employment within a relevant industrial environment would be advantageous but is not essential. We will require two satisfactory references. If you have completed your degree in the last three years, one of your references should be an academic reference. Overseas applicants should bear in mind that, as this is a part-time programme, they will not be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92