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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (October/November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via The MSc in Clinical Trials is a two-year, part-time distance learning course that provides a thorough training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting randomised clinical trials. By the end of the course, students should have the knowledge and skills required to design and undertake a clinical trial. By running a fully integrated course covering all key aspects of clinical trials, students will acquire a good understanding of the theoretical underpinning as well as the practical aspects of randomised clinical trials and have an in-depth training in trials methodology. The course will cover different types of trials and clinical conditions, with a focus on large, streamlined clinical outcome trials in cardiovascular disease. The specific aims are to provide:

  • in-depth training in, and understanding of, the principles and practice of conducting randomised clinical trials;
  • a forum for the nurturing of future global leaders in clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine and beyond.
Teaching is delivered virtually (via online lectures, tutorials and group work) during the first year, and for the first two whole terms and part of the third term in the second year. You will receive around three hours of supported study per week and will be expected to complete around two hours per week self-directed study. The curriculum comprises eight compulsory modules of varying length and intensity across six terms:
  • Introduction to the principles of randomised trials
  • Design to implementation
  • Data management and analysis
  • Regulatory and ethical framework and participant involvement
  • Routine health data, big data and newer technologies
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures and health economics
  • Meta-analyses trial reporting
  • Different types of trials and populations.
The course will include a one-week compulsory residential period in the Long Vacation (September) between years one and two. The aim of the residential period is to allow the students to meet the tutors and course teaching staff and to provide face-to-face teaching, discussion time and leadership training. The examination will also take place during this week. A shorter optional residential period will also take place in Trinity Term in year two. This will allow discussion about dissertation content, practical guidance on statistical content and an opportunity for face-to-face discussion between the student and dissertation supervisor. As a part-time student you will be required to attend residential periods in Oxford for a minimum of 5 days across the course. There will be no flexibility in the dates and pattern of in-person attendance. You will have the opportunity to tailor the online parts of your part-time study. You will be required to attend residential sessions on dates determined by the Course Directors. Supervision The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Nuffield Department of Population Health and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. A supervisor may be found outside the Nuffield Department of Population Health. You will typically meet with your supervisor once every three to four weeks.

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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Clinical Trials at University of Oxford - UCAS