The MSc RA programme is offered in part-time mode taking one to six years, depending on the final level of postgraduate qualification – certificate, diploma or masters.
Students may join the programme at the start of any of the scheduled modules as the programme does not follow a traditional semester entry format. Modules run on a three-year cycle with a total of five medicines modules, including the Overview of EU Regulatory Affairs (Module 0), which runs twice a year, and four medical devices modules taking place each year.
Students for either the Medicines or Medical Devices pathway can take up to two modules from the other pathway to allow great flexibility in tailoring their qualification.
Students not wishing to commit to the full MSc are able to register for a postgraduate diploma (requires eight modules, including the option to take two from the alternative pathway), or a postgraduate certificate (requires four modules). Students registering for the postgraduate certificate may take any four modules from either the Medicines or Medical Devices pathways. Any student who has registered for the PG Dip or PG Cert can transfer onto the full MSc RA during their programme.
Following each module, the student must complete coursework assignments related to the module topic. The coursework is assessed at defined times during the academic year in which the modules are undertaken.
Submission dates for the course journals and assignments are given at each individual module. A maximum period of three months is allowed for completion of the coursework.
Students are required to satisfy the examiners with respect to the coursework prepared for each module undertaken. Should a candidate fail to satisfy the Board of Examiners, coursework may be resubmitted within a timeframe stipulated by the Board.
Following successful completion of eight modules, students must submit a research-based MSc dissertation (Module 22) of 18,000–20,000 words to achieve the MSc award.