UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology


MPhil/PhD Clinical Trials Methodology

UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) is a centre of excellence for clinical trials, methodology, meta-analysis and epidemiological research. This programme aims to train and mentor the next generation of trialists and methodologists, by placing students within a UCL clinical trials unit to work alongside researchers and trial teams.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£25,730 (FT)
£12,840 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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ICTM has a particular focus on developing and delivering innovations in methodology that improve clinical trials, meta-analysis and epidemiological studies. The institute collaborates with national and international partners, which ensures student projects have immediate relevance and application. Recent graduates have secured employment in clinical trials units, academic research departments and the pharmaceutical industry.

Research areas

  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Meta-analysis
  • Methodology
  • Statistics
More information can be found on the department website: Clinical Trials and Methodology MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


MRC-funded PhD Studentships are offered from time to time, as well as other funding schemes. Please check the ICTM website for further details.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates are likely to pursue careers as researchers or managers in a clinical trials unit, a pharmaceutical company, or another health research environment.


During the programme, you will develop core skills in the methodology of clinical trials and how to conduct and write up research. You will also develop skills relating to your own research topic. For example, if you pursue a statistical project, you will develop expertise in the application and methodology of medical statistics. The skills developed during the PhD will enable you to work as independent researchers in whichever environment you subsequently choose.


The programme provides an environment which enables you to interact and engage with other research fellows and students within UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the wider UCL community.

The clinical trials units within the institute collaborate with other researchers both nationally and internationally and run weekly seminars, often inviting high-profile speakers. Academics also have close links with industry and government organisations which provide excellent opportunities for networking.

Why study this degree at UCL?

ICTM has highly rated expertise in the field of clinical trials, with a combined team of over 400 clinicians, statisticians, clinical trials specialists and researchers working together with clinical staff to improve outcomes for patients.

As a PhD/MPhil student at ICTM, you will receive direct supervision by world-class scientists and clinicians and be based within a clinical trials unit, which allows daily interaction with researchers and trial teams. ICTM provides a unique opportunity to study in an environment where important trials are conducted alongside research into their methodology, and where each directly informs the other.

Department: Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology

What our students and staff say

Student review

"The development of statistical methodology is essential for the creation of more efficient and robust clinical trial designs and can also allow more useful information to be extracted from observational data. It is inspiring to work within an organisation in which everyone is dedicated to answering questions of real clinical importance, and in which the junior and senior research staff are all keen to share their experience, ideas and knowledge."

Oliver Stirrup

Clinical Trials and Methodology

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the Institute Administrator to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should identify and contact potential supervisors directly before making your application if you are able but otherwise please contact the Institute Administrator to let them know your research interests and they will assist you. Some applicants develop a brief research proposal before making enquiries but this is not necessary and some research projects are developed by supervisors or by applicant and supervisor jointly. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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