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MSc Clinical Trials

Course Description

Study for a prestigious Clinical Trials Masters degree

by distance learning

"This online Masters degree is suitable for those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aims to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials as well as for those wishing to gain an understanding of trials before moving into this increasingly important field." - Professor Diana Elbourne, Course Director.

Course aims

The course aims to develop:

- a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions.

- skills to scrutinize information, to critically analyse and carry out research, and to communicate effectively.


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe in the subjects of public health and tropical medicine. Read about the Clinical Trials Unit at LSHTM being shortlisted for a prestigious BMJ Group Award for their role in Crash-2 clinical trial. This demonstrated the life-saving potential of a cheap drug and is up for BMJ Research Paper of the Year.

Excellent support

You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

Once registered, you will be sent the learning materials for the module(s) you have chosen to study. Clinical Trials module materials are mostly delivered online. These materials will take you through a programme of directed self-study, and indicate how and where you can obtain supplementary study materials and access tutorial support to enhance your studies.

Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year (October to May), through the online Virtual Learning Environment.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.

Visit the MSc Clinical Trials page on the University of London International Programmes website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Paul Vaucher

I chose to study for the MSc in Clinical Trials by distance learning with the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine as it is one of the best European schools in biomedical research.

The web based forum was a great interactive place where students and academics could discuss issues. I also appreciated the constructive feedback from academics after our written assignments. And maybe the best moment was my director's smile when I handed her a copy of my master's assignment which was published in the journal Vaccine.

I was initially an osteopath but I am embarking on a new career in research in non-pharmaceutical fields. I have started my PhD in Neuroscience in Legal Medicine at the University of Geneva.


Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent from an institution acceptable to the University of London in an appropriate subject such as Biology, Chemistry, or Medicine. An advanced level of English language is required.

Last Updated

09 August 2017

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