Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please refer to our How to apply page for our entry requirements.

For  information on individual course fees for Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) -  please go to the Online Learning Fees page. You will need to use the filter or scroll down the table of fees to find information for Clinical Trials courses.

Find out more about our study options from our Online Learning Options page.

Below is a list of the options. Please note that courses are available once a year and require a minimum number of students.


Course Credits
Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and Medical Statistics                             20
Ethical and Regulatory Considerations in Clinical Trials 20
Monitoring and Audit 20
Pharmacovigilance 20
Introduction to Health Economics and Applied Health Economics 20
Study Design 20
Clinical Trials in Special Populations 20
Patient and Public Involvement 20
Principles of Clinical Trials Management 20