About the Programme

Study with us to gain a qualification in the theory and practice of health care interventions including randomised controlled trials. Our suite of online courses allows students to qualify at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level.

I am interested in applying for the MSc Clinical Trials at the University of Edinburgh. I've looked at other MSc programmes of this type and the University of Edinburgh appears to have the most comprehensive programme.

Prospective student enquiry

Programme learning outcomes Graduates of this programme will have gained:

  • a critical understanding of the principles, science and evidence underpinning clinical trials
  • the ability to critique current approaches in clinical trial design and implementation
  • the capacity to take responsibility for their own learning and development within the clinical trials environment
  • the ability to communicate the design, implementation and results of clinical trials to a variety of audiences
  • the resolve to work professionally and with integrity in a multi-disciplinary research team to deliver effective clinical trials
  • the skills to design, implement and report clinical trials

Who is it for? The programme will support the demand for appropriately qualified health professionals to lead clinical trials of all phases. It is suitable for graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, life sciences and other allied disciplines involved in clinical trials. It also attracts students who are working in clinical trials but have not studied for many years, and people who wish to move in to the field of clinical trials and change their career. 

How is it taught? Each course is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and archived webinars. Discussion board tasks and live expert guest lectures offer an opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues under the guidance of expert teaching staff.

Global Health Academy

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Global Health Academy