M.Sc. Clinical Trials (Distance Learning) (online)

  • Online
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  • GBP12360 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

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    GBP12360 per Year (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Clinical Trials (Distance Learning) courses provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions. They are suitable for students working in high-, middle- and low-income countries.

Description

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The need for rigorous evaluation of components of health care is increasingly recognised worldwide. An important type of evaluation is the randomised controlled clinical trial. These courses will give students an understanding of trials which will equip them to work in this increasingly important field.

They are suitable both for those wishing to gain an overall understanding of trials before moving into the field, and those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aim to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials in high, middle and low income countries.

Method of assessment

Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. Details are given in the module specifications.

Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. We have examination centres in over 180 countries worldwide (for details please visit the assessment and examinations section).

Examinations are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt.

Credit awarded

Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the integrating module (30 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award, the following credits must be gained:

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

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP12360 per year ( International

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  • GBP12360 per year ( National

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Credits 180 credits
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Structure Self-paced
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course structure

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 core modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma:8 (4 core + 4 elective modules)
  • MSc: 11 modules (4 compulsory core, 5 elective plus two compulsory modules)

Note: for MSc and Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Trials, for the elective modules, at least three modules must be taken from selection group CTM2. The remaining module(s) can be chosen from other CTM2 modules, or selection groups EPM3, IDM2, IDM3, IDM5 or PHM2 selection groups.

Module selection

Postgraduate Certificate

The Certificate comprises the 4 core modules which are also common to the Diploma and MSc courses:

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials - CTM101
  • Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials - CTM102
  • Clinical Trials in Practice - CTM103
  • Reporting and Reviewing Clinical Trials - CTM104

After successfully completing the core modules, those registered for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc must successfully pass a required number of elective modules to complete the award.

Postgraduate Diploma

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, 4 elective modules (in addition to the four core modules) must be studied. At least 3 of these must be chosen from the Clinical Trials (CTM2) module list below. The remaining module(s) can be chosen from other CTM2 modules, or selection groups EPM3, IDM2, IDM3, IDM5 or PHM2. In addition, a final compulsory module (CTM201) and the integrating module (CTM210) must also be completed.

Master's Degree (MSc)

To complete the MSc, 5 elective modules from the lists below must be selected (in addition to the four core modules). At least 3 of these must be chosen from the Clinical Trials (CTM2) module list below. The remaining module(s) can be chosen from other CTM2 modules, or selection groups EPM3/PHM2. In addition, a final compulsory module and the integrating module must also be completed.

Clinical Trials elective modules (CTM2):

  • Protocol Development - CTM201 (compulsory for the MSc)
  • Trial Designs - CTM202
  • Project Management and Research Co-ordination - CTM203
  • Regulatory affairs, Good Clinical Practice and Ethics - CTM204
  • Data Management - CTM205
  • Data Monitoring and Interim Analyses - CTM206
  • Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies - CTM207
  • Further Statistics for Clinical Trials- CTM208
  • Cluster Randomised Trials- CTM209
  • Integrating Module - CTM210 (compulsory for the MSc - see below)

Modules selection groups:

  • Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases - EPM301
  • Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases - EPM302
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology - EPM304
  • Human Genetic Epidemiology - EPM306
  • Global Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases - EPM307
  • Bacterial Infections - IDM201
  • Nutrition and Infection - IDM202
  • Parasitology - IDM203
  • Viral Infections - IDM204
  • Healthcare-Associated Infection - IDM205
  • Immunology of Infection and Vaccines - IDM213
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - IDM215
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries - IDM301
  • HIV/AIDS - IDM501
  • Tuberculosis - IDM502
  • Malaria - IDM503
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making - PHM201
  • Economic Analysis for Management Policy - PHM203
  • Economic Evaluation - PHM204
  • Environmental Epidemiology - PHM205
  • Environmental Health Policy - PHM206
  • Globalisation and Health - PHM209
  • Managing Health Services - PHM210*
  • Medical Anthropology - PHM211
  • Organisational Management - PHM212*
  • Principles & Practice of Health Promotion - PHM213
  • Conflict and Health - PHM214
  • History and Health - PHM215
  • Sexual Health - PHM216
*Modules PHM210 and PHM212 can only be taken by continuing students, pending module updates
(Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules above. Not all advanced modules will be available every year.)

Integrating Module (compulsory)

All students on the MSc course will be required to complete an integrating module comprising a written report, usually in their final year of study.

English Language Requirements

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7
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
600
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
100

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Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • either a first or second class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course; or
  • an appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see the School's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

English Language Requirements

You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved;
  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located.

Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB

and the following applications installed:

  • word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader

Some of the CD-ROMs and software provided for use with Epidemiology modules may not be fully compatible with Apple Mac computers.

*Full mobile access is not available for all programmes

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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