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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Clinical Trials

This Clinical Trials programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with an excellent foundation in clinical trials, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials.

Quick Facts

Part-Time Duration: 5 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £28,530 per year full-time (MSc)
£19,020 per year full-time (PGDip)
£9,510 per year full-time (PGCert)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Research through clinical trials is a growing global business in academic institutions, industry, the NHS and across public health organisations.

Clinical trials have huge societal impact, providing the best research evidence of the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. The conclusions of well conducted trials inform both clinical and health policy decision-making, ensuring that the most appropriate interventions are used to improve the health and quality of life of the population. Whilst the focus of this programme is trials within healthcare, the majority of theoretical and practical aspects applicable to clinical trials are transferable to trials of social care and public health interventions.

This modular multidisciplinary programme offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Clinical Trials and is designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, clinical trials.

Courses included:

  • Rationale for Clinical Trials, Key Concepts and Features
  • Selection, Collection and Reporting of Clinical Trial Outcomes
  • Preparation and Set-up for a Clinical Trial
  • Delivery and Management of Clinical Trials
  • Analyses of Clinical Trials, Interpretation and Communication of Trial Findings
  • Early-phase Clinical Trials
  • Design and Delivery of Further Clinical Trials
  • Final Research Project

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

The University of Birmingham hosts the Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials and is one of the leading centres in the UK for designing and implementing high quality clinical trials across a wide range of diseases and clinical settings.

You will be taught by experienced staff, based within the Centre, who have an established record of training, their teaching informed by their own applied and methodological research.

The Clinical Trials programme from University of Birmingham will:

  • produce skilled specialist trials staff in the existing workforce and expert trial Chief Investigators of the future;
  • encourage new graduates and professionals into the clinical trials environment; and
  • engage clinicians in research methodology

The development of a more skilled research and clinical workforce will lead to exceptional and more efficient trials, less research waste and the promotion of evidence-based clinical decision making. This will ultimately improve lives locally, nationally and internationally.


2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a health or life sciences related subject (including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, psychology, health sciences), medical statistics or health economics.

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