MSc, PgCert, PgDip, Online

Clinical Trials (Online Learning)

36 months
5735 GBP/year
5735 GBP/year
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The Clinical Trials (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will support the demand for appropriately qualified health professionals to lead clinical trials of all phases. It is suitable for graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, life sciences and other allied disciplines involved in Clinical Trials.  


Never more relevant, our mission is to equip our global students with the principles underpinning the design, management, appraisal and reporting of clinical trials to improve health. Join the Clinical Trials (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh to learn more.

Study with us to gain a qualification in the theory and practice of health care interventions including randomised control trials. Our suite of online courses allows students to qualify at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level.

How is it taught? 

Each course is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and archived webinars. Discussion board tasks and live expert guest lectures offer an opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues under the guidance of expert teaching staff.

Career opportunities

Our Certificate, Diploma and Masters courses are designed to improve your prospects in the rapidly growing field of clinical trials research. Students have found excellent opportunities in academia, the public and non-profit health sectors and industry including pharmaceutical and biotech companies and contract research organisations (CROs).

Roles exist in a variety of areas including:

  • Clinical research - trial managers, administrators, clinical research associates

  • Quality Assurance and Control - trial monitors, QA managers, pharmacovigilance

  • Data management - data managers, biostatistics and programming

  • Regulatory affairs - global regulatory lead, information management associate, executive roles

  • Medical affairs - Chief and Principal Investigators, medical liaison, medical communications and writing

  • Product development - medical devices

Programme Structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma or Certificate level.

In year one, students will follow 2 compulsory courses ensuring a solid foundation in the basics of randomised control trials and medical statistics, and the ethical and regulatory context underpinning clinical research.

Our suite of elective courses offers students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and to tailor the programme to their own learning needs and career goals. 

  • Year 1 – Certificate - Two 20 credit compulsory courses and one 20 credit elective

  • Year 2 – Diploma - a total of 60 credits from our list of electives

  • Year 3 – Masters - dissertation year 60 credits

We also offer the option for students to take individual courses under the Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) scheme. Tuition fees are paid on a course-by-course basis.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits
  • MSc - 180
  • PgDip - 120
  • PgCert - 60
  • PgProfDev - 50



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at The University of Edinburgh and/or in United Kingdom, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent), or a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
  • We may also consider your application if you have 3-5 years' relevant work experience; please contact the programme team to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5735 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5735 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5735 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5735 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • PG Professional Development: 20 credits £1,915



Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Clinical Trials (Online Learning)
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