Clinical Trials - MSc/Dip/Cert, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #27 (WUR) Online
The Clinical Trials - MSc/Dip/Cert online programme, offered by The University of Edinburgh, 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.


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.

Impressive reputation

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.

Unique programme

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.

Improved career prospects

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.

Programme Structure

Year one
In your first year, you will study three compulsory courses .
  • Clinical Trials Foundation Module
  • Introduction to Clinical Trials
  • Good Clinical Practice, Ethics and Regulatroy Issues
Year two
In Year 2, you will choose from a selection of elective courses totalling 60 credits.
  • Principles of Clinical Trial Management
  • Clinical Trials in Special Populations
  • Patient and Public Involvement
  • Study Design
  • Monitoring and Audit
  • Translational Imaging and Clinical Trials
  • Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Year three
  • To be awarded the full master's degree, you must complete an MSc dissertation project.


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You will need a strong background, at least a 2:1 or its equivalent at undergraduate level, in one of the following areas:

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • life sciences
  • biological sciences

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.

English language requirements

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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4335 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4335 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4335 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4335 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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