Masters | Postgraduate Course - Clinical Trials by Distance Learning MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Course Details within London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Clinical Trials by Distance Learning MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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MSc & PG Diploma 2-5yrs and PG Certificate 1-5yrs

The need for rigorous evaluation of healthcare is increasingly recognised worldwide. An important type of evaluation is the randomised controlled clinical trial. This programme will give you an understanding of trials which will equip you to work in this increasingly important field.

This programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key decisions surrounding the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. You will be trained to develop skills to scrutinise information, analyse critically, carry out research and communicate effectively.

Who is it for?

This programme is for experienced professionals in high-, middle- and low-income countries who wish to consolidate or broaden their role in clinical trials. It will also benefit anyone wishing to understand more about trials before moving into this field.

Credits awarded

Credits are awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and the integrating report (MSc only – 45 credits) on successful completion. To obtain a qualification, the following credits must be gained:

  • PG Certificate – 60 credits
  • PG Diploma – 120 credits
  • MSc – 180 credits

For the most up-to-date programme information and entry requirements visit the programme page.

Module details

Core modules

  • Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Trials in Practice
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • Reporting and Reviewing Clinical Trials


The PG Certificate comprises the four core modules. The PG Diploma comprises the core modules plus four elective modules. The MSc consists of the core modules, four elective modules and two further compulsory modules: Protocol Development and the Integrating Module, which involves a written report.

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme, or an appropriate professional or technical qualification together with at least three years’ experience. See pXX for the School’s general entry requirements.