Introduction to Medical Writing

This is an in-depth online course providing a comprehensive introduction to the work of medical writers.

Subjects covered include: understanding the work of medical writers; core writing and editing skills; medical journalism; working with clinical study reports; requirements of regulatory writing; preparing patient information leaflets; ethical issues; medical education; working successfully as a freelance; marketing your services; building a portfolio.

How It Works

We email your study materials one module at a time. All materials are supplied in a pdf format so you can save them to your computer and work through them at your own pace. You can also print sections off if you wish. You do not need to be connected to the Internet to work through your study materials. Each module includes exercises to complete and a tutor-marked assignment.

There is also the option to add a printed copy of the notes to your order.

Career Opportunities

There are opportunities for medical writers to work in a range of settings, including pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations (CROs) and medical communications agencies. In addition, government bodies such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) employ medical writers.

An increasing number of medical writers also work freelance, preferring the variety and freedom this career option offers. 

Really enjoyed the course! My writing progressed quickly and partly as a result of the course I've been able to move into a new writing role at work. Good support from the tutors and the admin team. Can definitely recommend!  

Greg Roberts 

Well-planned and easy to follow. The support was also excellent - the tutor feedback was honest and always constructive. I've already completed a umber of freelance jobs, building up my portfolio with a view to writing full-time. 

Diane Schaffer