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MSc Clinical Trials - Online

Our online MSc in Clinical Trials provides an excellent grounding in the management and design design, conduct analysis & reporting of clinical trials, and will enhance the knowledge and understand

IMPORTANT: The application deadline for 22/23 entry is 31st March 2022

Course highlights

  • Students learn about the scientific, methodological and practical issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials.
  • Teaching is delivered by researchers with expertise in many different healthcare fields.
  • All types of trials, from early to late phase trials, and from simple to complex interventions are covered.

Course Content

Students learn about the scientific, methodological and practical issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials. Teaching is delivered by researchers with expertise in many different healthcare fields. All types of trials, from early to late phase trials, and from simple to complex interventions are covered.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of seven core modules (120 credits) and available for full-time, part-time or flexible study is offered.

Postgraduate Certificate consisting of three or four modules (60 credits) and available for full-time, part-time and flexible study is offered.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Clinical Trials. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Clinical Trials. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Clinical Trials.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

All modules, except where indicated, are worth 15 credits.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is delivered entirely online through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online resources and practical work. Assessment is through online examinations and assignments (for example, essays, abstracts, background section of a protocol, critical analysis of published work, patient information and communication plans) and the dissertation/report.

Full Time students are expected to attend online classes both on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Part Time students have the flexibility to decide which modules they wish to undertake in that particular term/academic year, with classes either being on Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on your module selection. 

Fees

The fee for this online programme is £14,700 (UK/EU/Overseas). UCL offers a number of scholarships to support your studies, please click here to see if you're eligible to apply for one. 

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at graduates from healthcare, life sciences or other related disciplines and health professionals who are interested in a career in clinical trials. It is also aimed at professionals working in the field who wish to develop their knowledge and skills.

What are we looking for?

When we access your application we would like to learn why you want to study Clinical Trials at graduate level, why you want to study Clinical Trials at UCL, and what you will bring to the course.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver:

  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree