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:
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:
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.
More info on the MSc in Clinical Trials can be found on the University of Oxford and Oxford Population Health websites.