Clinical Trials (MSc/PGDip/ PGCert)

Clinical Trials (MSc/PGDip/ PGCert)

Course overview

The need for rigorous evaluation of healthcare is increasingly recognised worldwide. An important type of evaluation is the randomised controlled clinical trial. This online programme provides an understanding of trials which will equip you to work in this increasingly important field.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the key decisions surrounding the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. You will be trained to develop skills to scrutinise information, analyse critically, carry out research and communicate effectively.

Who is it for?

This self-study programme is suitable both for 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 in high-, middle- and low-income countries.


Our distance learning programmes enable you to study independently and at times that are convenient to you, over several years if needed, to fit in with your other commitments.

You can decide to study for a PG Certificate, a PG Diploma or a full Master’s degree depending on how many modules you choose to study. You also have the option to start with the PG Certificate or PG Diploma and add the modules needed to complete the Master’s later on if you wish.

  • PG Certificate: 4 core modules
  • PG Diploma: 8 modules (4 core + 4 elective modules)
  • MSc: 11 modules (4 core, 5 elective + 2 compulsory modules)

View full structure on LSHTM website

If you already have a qualification and do not wish to undertake more long studies, you can always specialise in a specific area or boost your knowledge with our individual modules. And should you change your mind, these can also be put towards a full programme at a later date.

Entry requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • either a first or second class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course; or
  • an appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications from around the world are accepted. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

It is essential that you have an adequate command of the English Language to carry out your studies.