Clinical Trials

University of Edinburgh


Off Campus


The online programme will provide a knowledge and understanding of the key elements and principles of clinical trial design, delivery and analysis. In addition to a knowledge and understanding of the principles of GCP and their practical implementation in clinical trials.

This programme is suitable for graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, life sciences and other allied disciplines involved in Clinical Trials.

This programme will support the demand for appropriately qualified investigators to lead clinical trials of all phases. Each course is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and archived webinars. Discussion board tasks and live expert guest lectures offer opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues under the guidance of expert teaching staff.

The programme covers Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery and Development, Trial and Project Management, Statistics and Data Management, Regulations and Ethics, Imaging, Medical Devices and Complex Interventions.

You can exit after the end of 1 year with PgCert Clinical Trials.

You can exit at the end of 2 years with PgDip Clinical Trials.

You can exit at the end of 2 years with PgProfDev Clinical Trials.

Entry Requirements

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent), or a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biological sciences, life sciences, biomedicine, statistics or other related discipline.

Your application may also be considered if you have 3-5 years' relevant work experience.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3 years


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine



SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General