The MSc Modelling and Simulation in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (PKPD) programme has been developed with an emphasis on mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting PKPD; such as Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK).
We view this under the general umbrella of systems biology and hence enable students to apply their knowledge of modelling and simulation in various areas of research within the pharmaceutical industry.
The course focuses on the broad range of issues that make up modelling and simulation efforts during drug development and these are reinforced via hands-on application of the skills to real-world data.
This programme is designed for scientists already working within the pharmaceutical industry who wish to qualify as modellers with hands-on experience and obtain a university degree.
The flexible, distance learning nature of the course means that students can fit their study around their other commitments. The only required time on-site is during the three-week residential introductory package and for the examination.
Course unit details
The programme includes the following modules:
Basic Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (PKPD): This unit provides information on how drugs get into the body, how they get around the body and how they get out of the body
In Vitro - In Vivo Extrapolation in ADME: The applications of modelling and simulation have been limited to the so-called phase I-III of drug development. This unit provides information on modelling and simulation as applied to extrapolating data from in vitro systems to the in vivo conditions (IVIVE) prior to phase I
Data Analysis in PKPD: Data analysis in PKPD studies is a specialised area of modelling that combines mathematical and statistical knowledge in data fitting with the sound knowledge of the human body as a system to enable choosing more mechanistic models
Self Direct Review Project on modelling and simulation: Students will carry out research on a topic of current importance in the general area of modelling, simulation and data analysis. The primary aim should be synthesising new knowledge by gathering the discrete pieces of information, identifying the gap in knowledge and help with proposing a detailed research project
Supervised Research Project on modelling and simulation: This unit follows on directly from the research project in modelling and simulation (module 4). Students will carry out the research project proposed in module 4, i.e. on a topic of current interest that addresses issues raised in their review project
Course content for year 1
If students are planning to complete the programme in 24 months, the first year will include the following modules:
· Basic Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (PKPD)
· In Vitro - In Vivo Extrapolation in ADME
Data Analysis in PKPD
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For the MSc, applicants require a relevant university first degree from a reputable internationally recognised institution (as determined by the PG Office at the University of Manchester). The minimum class degree should be 2.2 or its equivalent.For individual CPD modules, there are no specific entry requirements other than relevant industry experience. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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Our funding opportunities database contains details of the major international student award schemes offered by the British government and other organisations, as well as a number of awards offered by the University and its Faculties and Schools.
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