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 order a printed copy of the workbooks to your order.

You are assigned a personal tutor who you can contact at any time if you have any questions or there is anything you would like to discuss in more depth. You work through each module at

Qualifications and Skills

No specific qualifications are required for medical writing but normally a writer would have a biomedical science degree and often a higher degree. Many medical writers have previous experience in drug discovery or clinical research but there are also opportunities for new graduates. Some medical writers have a background in languages or journalism rather than the sciences.

In addition to these qualifications, certain personal abilities are needed. Good language skills are very important. Medical writers must be able to convey complex information to the