Our Clinical Trials - MSc/Dip/Cert programme, delivered by The University of Edinburgh, is unique, flexible and delivered by experts and partners from leading research facilities.
We run our programme in collaboration with strong industry partners and affiliates, including the Edinburgh Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF), the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) and NHS Lothian.
In 2011, the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF) was the first non-commercial clinical research centre in the UK to be accepted onto the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Phase I Accreditation Scheme.
This is the first online programme encompassing the complete methodology of clinical trials. Through our virtual learning environment, you can engage with peers from around the world and gain a broad perspective on the discipline. You will also learn about the latest developments through video lectures, podcasts and readings.
This programme is ideal for health professionals who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification without taking a break from their work commitments.
You can study from home, part-time, and select modules suited to your career aspirations. You will have electronic access to the University library and its vast collection of e-journals and online textbooks.
Our programme is designed to enhance your existing training and equip you with the skills and knowledge required to lead clinical trials. This will be advantageous when applying for jobs in an academic or commercial environment, as you will have demonstrable interest and commitment.
This programme is suitable for graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, life sciences and other allied disciplines involved in Clinical Trials.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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You will need a strong background, at least a 2:1 or its equivalent at undergraduate level, in one of the following areas:
If you fall below these requirements but have three to five years of relevant work experience we will consider your eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us with details of your experience before applying so can assess your suitability.
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the minimum standards set out by the College and recommended by the University.
You will also need to be able to provide documentation of your proficiency, either through Certificate or Letter of English Language Competence.
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