The Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL


Education and Careers


Comprehensive Clinical Trial Unit is part of UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology, therefore for further information regarding our current courses please visit the ICTM Study webpages.

CCTU staff are currently involved in teaching and PhD supervision on MSc Clinical Trials, MSc Statistics for Clinical Trials and MPhil/PhD, MD(Res) and Short Courses. If you require more information, please also visit the ICTM Study webpages.


Clinical Project Managers work with Chief Investigators on the logistics of trial design and delivery. They support trial managers in a number of research areas and provide expert operational support across all trials in training, methodology, quality assurance and other specialist functions.

Trial Managers are responsible with the Chief Investigator for the day to day management of one or more clinical trials. They have an important responsibility to ensure that trials are run in accordance with the Good Clinical Practice guidelines.

Data Managers oversee the collection of trial data and ensure it is accurate. They run checks on the data as part of central monitoring and are responsible for resolving data queries with clinicians and nurses in trial sites. They also work with the trial manager on documents for the trial including protocols and case report forms.

Trial Statisticians work with investigators to develop trial ideas and are responsible for statistical aspects of trial design, data collection, analysis and reporting results. During a trial they will monitor the quality of the data and provide reports to independent data monitoring committees who review the safety and conduct of a trial.

IT Analysts/Developers (Programmers) support the development, validation and maintenance of information systems to support CCTU trials including those for randomisation, collection of clinical trial data and trial management.

Trial Health Economists work with investigators and statisticians in the design of the health economics analysis plan. They are responsible for developing resource use data collection instruments, performing health economic analyses, and reporting the health economic results.

Quality Assurance Team ensures that clinical studies are conducted in accordance to the requirements of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and relevant clinical trial regulations. This is done through the implementation of a Quality Management System, which includes documented procedures, training documentation and incident management. The aim of the quality management system is to encourage continuous improvement within the unit by following the cycle Plan, Do, Check, Act.  The QA team is independent of the study team and have oversight of trials through conducting audits and quality checks to ensure compliance

Please download this e-flyer from the UK Trial Manager’s Network to explore careers in Clinical Trials.