These courses are suitable for both 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. The courses will be suitable for students working in high, middle and low income countries.
The course aims to develop:
You are supported by an Online Learning Environment which includes 'try it yourself' questions with hints and feedback; animations; interactive diagrams and tables; vibrant graphics; and asynchronous discussion boards. The support you will receive will include:
You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines), using the comprehensive study materials provided, with learning support from our academic staff. The academic year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer. Those writing the Clinical Trials integrating report will also continue to have tutorial support over the summer. Deadlines for submission of coursework vary per course but are usually in March, May, August and September.
The Clinical Trials modules are delivered solely online through the School's Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). Students are able to access Moodle after registration and receive details of how to use the environment effectively, together with supplementary online readings and access to e-books. Statistical software (Stata) is sent to students. Students registered for non-Clinical Trials nodules receive copies of study materials after registration. These study materials include: for the EPM modules: CD-ROMs, practical workbooks and textbooks; for he IDM modules: subject guides, CD-ROMS (IDM5 modules only), readers and textbooks; for the PHM modules: textbooks and supplementary readings. Registered students have access to the School's online library resources, and to past examination papers, examiner's reports and relevant course handbooks.
There are four core modules common to the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students additionally choose from a number of elective modules which will allow them to expand and deepen their conceptual and practical skills. The main disciplinary perspectives will come from clinical trials, statistics and epidemiology, but others will contribute in both the core and optional 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/PHM2.
The Postgraduate Certificate:
The Certificate comprises the 4 core modules which are also common to the Diploma and MSc courses:
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.
The 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.
The Masters 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):
Modules selection groups:
(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.
Combining DL studies with study at the School - "blended learning"
After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all DL students in July each year. The fee for attending LSHTM in-house modules is payable directly to LSHTM, not to the University of London International Programmes, and is in addition to the distance learning course fees.
Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.
Online access and general computer requirements:
Supported Browsers include:
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No work experience is required.
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